Posted on Apr 20, 2018
Dave Gore (pictured on the left with President Earl Murray Jr.) was the guest speaker at this morning’s meeting. Dave is a member of the Goleta Noontime Rotary Club and currently serves as the District 5240 Grants Committee Chair. He talked to the club about The Rotary Foundation (TRF).

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to an endowment of over US$1.5B. Since its founding, the Rotary Foundation has awarded more than $3B in grants. It is ranked high on every service that rates charitable organizations including being ranked number 3 in the world by CNBC for its good work and financial stewardship. It has a 100% rating from Charity Navigator and was selected by Organization of Funding Professionals as its foundation of the year in 2016.

The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund Rotary club and district projects in the areas of Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution; Water and Sanitation; Maternal and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy; Disease Prevention and Treatment and Economic and Community Development.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Dave talked about how Rotary clubs can apply for the district or global grants which are quite different.
District grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities abroad. Each district chooses which activities it will fund with these grants. These grants can be used to fund a variety of district and club projects and activities:

• Humanitarian projects, including service travel and disaster recovery efforts
• Scholarships for any level, length of time, location, or area of study
• Youth programs, including Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), Rotaract, and Interact
• Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves

Global grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus. By working together to respond to real community needs, clubs and districts strengthen their global partnerships.

The grants can be used to fund:

• Humanitarian projects
• Scholarships for graduate-level academic studies
• Vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves

Vandenberg Village Rotary Club members make contributions to the Foundation and participate in annual international projects with different countries. Earl pointed out at the end of Dave’s presentation that we will continue to seek new creative and innovative ways to invest in the Foundation which is an amazing cause. Giving back to our community and internationally is what makes Rotary enjoyable with a “Service before Self” approach.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village thanked Dave for a very informative talk.