Highlights from the 2006-07 Rotary Foundation Trustees meetings
Trustee Minutes - June 2007
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International met on 21-23 June 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The following are highlights of actions taken by the Trustees.
The Trustees agreed to an additional Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 6B, to be effective in 2008-09.
The Trustees approved a 2007-08 worldwide Annual Programs Fund goal of US$120,000,000.
Following the success of the first Rotary World Peace Symposium held just before the Salt Lake City Convention, the Trustees agreed to produce and distribute a Findings Report from this meeting. They also requested the Rotary Centers Committee to explore the feasibility of conducting another Rotary World Peace Symposium in 2008-09.
In continuing efforts to provide long-term funding for the Rotary Centers Program, the Trustees approved an updated plan and budget for the Rotary Centers Major Gifts Initiative to raise US$95 million in named and endowed support for the program by 30 June 2015.
The Trustees amended the Humanitarian Grants policy to provide that grant funds cannot be used as a contribution to The Rotary Foundation or as a contribution for any Humanitarian Grant.
The “Whatever Happened to Polio?” exhibit will be filmed in mid-July 2007 and made available on the RI website as a “virtual tour.” This former Smithsonian Institution exhibit will open in August at the Warm Springs Rehabilitation Institute (Georgia, USA) as a permanent exhibit.
The Trustees approved PolioPlus Grants for Afghanistan and Pakistan. They also approved a matching grant for Haiti.
Paul Harris Fellows: 1,068,741
Foundation Benefactors: 74,791
Major Donors: 8,707
30 June 2007
Trustee Minutes - April 2007
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International met from 13-18 April 2007 in Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A. The following are highlights of actions taken.
The TRF Future Vision Committee presented a thorough review of the progress made in accordance with the Future Vision Implementation Plan. The committee is on target to present the Trustees with the model for the future at their October 2007 meeting.
The Trustees adopted the Joint RI and TRF Policy on Relationships with Other Organizations, which will go to the RI Board for its final approval in June.
The Trustees reviewed strategies for the future of fund development and requested the Future Vision Committee to consider these strategies as it plans for the future of the Foundation.
In continuing efforts to provide long-term funding for the Rotary Centers Program, the Trustees requested an updated plan and budget for the Rotary Centers Major Gifts Initiative to raise US$95 million in named and endowed support for the program by 30 June 2015 The updated plan is scheduled for review by the Trustees at their June 2007 meeting. The Trustees also agreed to continue accepting transfers of District Designated Funds from Zones 29 and 30 into the pooled Heart of America Endowed Fund for support of Rotary Centers, and agreed to expand this process to all districts by 1 July 2008.
The Trustees awarded the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World to the following Rotarians:
| Rhaman Bhatia
|| G. Kenneth Morgan|
| Frank J. Devlyn
|| Viktor Prikazsky|
| Gaston Kaba
|| William T. Sergeant|
| Ray Klinginsmith
|| Terry Youlton|
- Approved 13 Matching Grants involving Rotary clubs and districts in Belgium, Benin, Bolivia, Canada, Cape Verde, France, Ghana, Honduras, India, Italy, Madagascar, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Peru, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia.
- Approved 18 3-H Grants involving Rotary clubs and districts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Fiji, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Panama, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, the United States, and Uruguay.
The Trustees thanked clubs and districts for their progress on improving compliance for Humanitarian Grants worldwide in 2006-07. While clubs and districts are expected to be 100 percent compliant, the Trustees, on an exception basis, agreed not to suspend program participation by districts that fail to meet the minimum 70 percent compliance by April 2008.
The Trustees approved a budget for total program award expenditures of US$104,635,300 in 2007-08. They also adopted a budget of US$43,028,000 for program operations, fund development, general administration, and PolioPlus program operations of The Rotary Foundation during 2007-08.
Paul Harris Fellows: 1,051,990
Foundation Benefactors: 73,890
Major Donors: 8,392
30 April 2007
Trustee Minutes - January 2007
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International met on 27-28 January 2007 in San Diego, California, USA. The following are highlights of actions taken.
Fund Development and Recognition
Forty-nine Rotarians were chosen to receive the Distinguished Service Award for their outstanding service to The Rotary Foundation. The Trustees also chose a winner of The Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award, for presentation at the 2007 (Salt Lake City) Convention.
The Trustees approved a plan to provide Paul Harris Fellow fulfillment support for Canadian Rotarians by creating a new position within the Rotary Foundation (Canada).
The Trustees agreed to provide partial funding (District 6900, Georgia, USA, to provide the balance) for the Smithsonian Exhibit “Whatever Happened to Polio?” to be relocated to the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation, Georgia, USA, provided the Smithsonian Institution and the Roosevelt Warm Springs Institute for Rehabilitation can satisfactorily work out a variety of details.
The Trustees recognized the critical funding needs of the PolioPlus Partners program, and appeal to district governors for District Designated Funds (DDF) to support this program. They also authorized a retroactive match of US$.50 for every US$1.00 of DDF contributed to PolioPlus Partners since 1 July 2006, and agreed to the same match for new cash and DDF contributions received through 2006-07.
The Trustees also:
- Approved PolioPlus Grants for India, Nigeria, Pakistan, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation.
- Agreed to maintain the current eligibility criteria for those enrolling in the Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies pilot program, noting that The Rotary Foundation Code of Policies permits the general secretary to make exceptions to these criteria.
Recognizing the great interest in 3-H Grants to be reviewed at their April 2007 meeting, the Trustees authorized an increase of US$822,000 in World Fund and DDF available for 3-H Grants in 2006-07.
Paul Harris Fellows: 1,038,062
Foundation Benefactors: 73,073
Major Donors: 8,136
31 January 2007
Trustee Minutes - October 2006
The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International met from 23-27 October 2006 in Evanston, Illinois, USA. The following are highlights of actions taken.
The Trustees elected Trustee Jonathan B. Majiyagbe as chairman-elect and Trustee Robert S. Scott as vice-chairman during 2007-08. The Trustees’ annual meeting will be held 22-26 October 2007 in Evanston. The chairman, in consultation with the vice-chairman and the chairman-elect, will decide the dates of all other 2007-08 meetings.
Vice-Chairman Mark Daniel Maloney was elected to be a non-voting member of the 2007 Council on Legislation as the Trustees’ official representative, as provided in RI bylaws section 8.010.6.
The Trustees agreed that the minutes and appendices of all Trustees’ meetings shall be posted to the Rotary website within 90 days of the meeting. Minutes posted prior to their approval by the Trustees shall contain notice that the minutes are in draft form only, subject to approval by the Trustees.
The Trustees took steps to achieve the Future Vision Committee’s number one priority of simplifying programs and operations. Toward this end, current programs, business operations and technology utilization will be evaluated, for review by the Trustees at their April 2007 meeting.
The Trustees seek to improve tax benefits for donors worldwide and agreed to initiate a due diligence review in five of the top-giving countries where benefits do not currently exist.
The Trustees determined that planning and direct service missions under the Volunteer Service Grants program shall be a minimum of five days and a maximum of 60 days.
- Approved 22 Matching Grants involving Rotary clubs and districts in Australia, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, East Timor, Ecuador, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Senegal, Thailand, the United States, and Uruguay.
- Approved PolioPlus Grants for Afghanistan, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
- Agreed to continue providing a match of US$.50 for every US$1.00 of new cash contributions received by PolioPlus Partners through 30 June 2008.
- Agreed to accept donations of District Designated Funds, either from a single district or multiple districts, to establish endowments within the Permanent Fund with the annual spendable earnings to support Rotary World Peace Fellowships.
The Trustees established a conflict of interest policy for Rotarians participating in the Foundation’s programs, and addressed their role in selecting program award and grant recipients and their business transactions with vendors. The general secretary will implement a process by which to receive, consider, and take action on all reported cases of perceived or actual conflicts of interest.
The Trustees received the Foundation’s 2005-06 audited financial results as submitted by Deloitte & Touche. The results will be published in the Foundation’s annual report.
The Trustees also appointed Deloitte & Touche to audit the books of The Rotary Foundation for the fiscal year 2006-07.
Paul Harris Fellows: 1,022,602
Foundation Benefactors: 72,246
Major Donors: 7,823
31 October 2006