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How is the Rotary Foundation Funded?

The Rotary Foundation is funded in two different ways: the Annual Programs Fund and the permanent programs fund. The primary source of unrestricted support for the programs of the Rotary Foundation, the Annual Programs Fund supports programs in 163 countries on seven continents. From digging clean water wells for villages in africa to reaching basic literacy skills to children in latin america, during any given moment in a day, thousands of Rotarians’ volunteer their time and expertise to ensure that all contributions given to the Annual Programs Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects. In 2003-04 Rotary year, $106 million was donated to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund. The Annual Programs Fund is comprised of donations from Paul Harris Fellows, Rotary Foundation sustaining members, corporate matching gifts, workplace giving and honorary and memorial gifts.

Read what your annual gift can do. Remember, a $100 annual donation meets the ‘Every Rotarian, Every Year’ requirement and earns your way into the Red Wing Society.

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