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Dear Friends of the Rotary Foundation,

Welcome to the District 6970 Rotary Foundation website.  The sole purpose of this website and the District Foundation Committee is to support our Rotarians and each club’s initiatives from fund raising to project fulfillment.  Our goal is to ensure that you have the tools and resources available to Do Good in your club, your community and our world.  Each program addresses a special area and is manned by Rotarians who understand and are passionate about the Foundation processes.

PDG Jeanette Loftus
District Rotary Foundation Chair - 2020-2023
Rotary Club of Flagler County       

The objective of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is the achievement of world understanding and peace through international humanitarian and educational programs.

The Chair of the District Rotary Foundation Committee coordinates activities of all Foundation subcommittees, the Year 2 Assistant Governors and the Club Foundation Chairs.  In addition, the Chair performs the following:

  • Coordinate and Design “Foundation” presentations/mini programs to be made by members of the Foundation committee to clubs promoting Foundation Giving and programs.
  • Organize, promote, and present Foundation oriented materials at the District Foundation Seminar a/k/a 3 Keys 2 Success, District Training Assembly and District Conference.
  • Track and tabulate Foundation Giving throughout the District and promote/encourage timely submission of funds to The Rotary Foundation and reports to DG and Rotary International.

Ocala Rotary awarded grant to help “forgotten” school in Zimbabwe

Two boys sit with their water bottles. The area’s water quality is not consistent, and water borne diseases are a major concern. [submitted]

Amidst the excitement of the six Rotary Clubs in Marion County gearing up for their second annual Duck Derby on Lake Tuscawilla in Midtown Ocala to be held in conjunction with the Ocala Cattle Drive & Cowboy Round-Up on Feb. 13, members of the Ocala Rotary Club have another reason to celebrate.

They recently received news from Rotary International that their grant application for $120,250 for a project titled The Musingwa Simple School Project (Zimbabwe) was approved. The funds will be used to improve conditions at The Musingwa Primary School located in a very remote area of Zimbabwe in Africa, a project for which they are partnering with a Rotary Club in the capitol of Zimbabwe called Harare Highlands Rotary.

According to Ocala Rotary Club member Tom Coene, the school, which serves nearly 400 students up to grade level 7 with just 10 teachers in an area prone to flooding and drought, lacks a good water supply, electricity, sufficient classrooms and sufficient teacher housing. It also has an outside kitchen, which needs improvement, no health clinic or treatment center, an unsafe playground made of tree branches, poor school supplies and no library at all.

“The grant will provide two buildings each with two classrooms, electrification, teacher and other training, a wash station and sanitation, and at last, water,” he said, noting that a district grant for $15,000 in 2016 provided funding to drill a productive borehole to suit the school, but the grant failed.

“Four boreholes were drilled and the one that had a small amount of water collapsed,” he said. “So, no water.”

Together with his wife, Mary Lou, and some others, Coene visited the school in the summer of 2017 to find out why the effort failed and to attempt to get some ideas about a path forward. He said the trip was “enlightening.”

“First,” he said, “it is almost impossibly remote – not in distance but in terrain and weather. It is only accessible for seven to eight months of the year and then over extremely rough and rugged roads in the basin of the Zambezi River,” he said.

Students must walk about 18 miles to take their 7th year exams.

“This is an overnight trip, and there has been abuse and pregnancies due to this journey. As a result, students are fearful and too often stop their education,” he said. “And that’s not mentioning the almost limitless needs at the school.”

There are just four to five classrooms for 400 students, outhouse sanitation in need of improvement, no hand-washing facility, and students bringing or getting their water from a variety of sources with questionable quality. Despite it all, he noticed that the children were all delightful, engaging and very well-mannered, he said.

After the trip, Coene said he felt challenged to address the many needs of the school. Through a series of calls, he was directed to the Rotary Foundation’s Simple Schools grant initiative and has been working on all the logistics of the application for two years. “The amount of work and communication required was amazing,” he said, noting that it involved effort and coordination between the Ocala Rotary, the Rotary Club of Harare Highlands in Zimbabwe, The Rotary Foundation, the relevant Rotary Districts, the school, the ministry of Education in Zimbabwe, World Vision Zimbabwe, the water and power agencies in Zimbabwe, various contractors and the area’s government, “but we got there.”

In 2015, said Coene, the percentage of students from the school passing the 7th grade standard testing was just 2%. However, it improved to 42% in 2017 and dipped back down to 38% in 2018. These improvements were attributed to the Harare Highlands Rotary Club in conjunction with World Vision Zimbabwe building two block and mortar classroom buildings, replacing pole and thatched buildings, and the Denver Mile High Rotary Club sponsoring a building to house teachers, although it only covers about 50% of the housing needed.

In addition to the attempt at drilling for water in 2016, the Ocala Rotary Club also donated a small amount of much-needed school, dental and sanitation supplies.

“Small investments in this school have paid dividends,” said Coene. “But there is still a long way to go to improve attendance, teacher conditions, student well-being and student performance. This grant is intended to address these concerns.” He added: “The Minister of Education for the Muzaranbani District called this school ‘the forgotten school’ and we want to change that.”

Coene said that since the grant was approved in early December, progress can begin soon, and the project is expected to be completed by the next rainy season affecting the school which will occur in November 2021. Due to the school being in an area “infinitely more impoverished” than most Americans can imagine, Coene said it is hard to express what it means him and the Ocala Rotary Club to be awarded the grant. Simply put, he said, “I can sleep at night now.”

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Dear Rotarians,

This has perhaps been the most turbulent year of this generation — we faced a global health crisis, natural disasters, and economic turmoil all at the same time and the whole world was affected. Through it all, Rotary has stood tall. We have heard stories of some amazing acts of generosity and personal acts of service by clubs, Rotarians, and Rotaractors.

The Rotary Foundation has been proud to support our members’ efforts in serving their communities. Since March 2020, we awarded $32 million in global and disaster response grants for projects related to COVID-19. In fact, we awarded 1,359 global grants worth $95.6 million in 2019-20. Compare that to 2013-14, when global grants were first introduced, when we awarded 868 global grants worth $47.3 million. That’s a lot of growth! All over the world, Foundation grants are supporting projects that demonstrate Rotary’s impact and reach.

Because the high demand for global grants is far exceeding and outpacing the growth in Annual Fund contributions, the World Fund is depleted well before each Rotary year ends and we find ourselves in a position where we cannot fund all the global grant requests we receive.

This Rotary year, we’ve taken several cost-saving measures in an effort to fund more global grants. For example, the Trustees and the Board recently transferred $15 million from the Foundation’s operating reserves and Rotary International’s budget surplus to the World Fund. In total, nearly an additional $20 million is being made available this year, but unfortunately, even that is not enough to fulfill the applications that are expected to be submitted.

A financial shortfall is expected this year and likely in the coming years because of the growing success of our global grant program.

Therefore, the Trustees have approved policy changes, effective 1 July 2021, that will strengthen the Foundation’s ability to fund more global grants.

1. District Designated Fund (DDF) contributions transferred to PolioPlus will be matched at 50%.

DDF contributions transferred to PolioPlus will be matched at 50% instead of 100% by the World Fund before being matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Foundation will continue matching 2-to-1 every dollar that Rotary commits to polio eradication, up to $50 million per year.

It’s vital that we continue to raise $50 million a year for polio eradication and raise awareness by keeping it a top priority for our clubs, our communities, and our government officials.

2. The World Fund match of DDF will be reduced from 100% to 80% when being used for global grants.

Instead of DDF applied to global grants receiving a 100% match from the World Fund, the global grants match will decrease to 80%. For the 2020-21 Rotary year, as long as funds remain available, DDF will continue to be matched at 100% for applications submitted by 31 May and approved by 30 June. Applications that are not approved this Rotary year will need to be resubmitted with adjusted financing.

3. Five percent of the current year’s Annual Fund-SHARE contributions will be taken equally from the World Fund and DDF to help fund operating expenses.

Currently, Annual Fund-SHARE contributions are split equally between the World Fund and DDF, with 5% of the total SHARE contributions being deducted only from the World Fund to help pay for operating expenses.

Beginning 1 July, all Annual Fund-SHARE contributions will first have 5% directed to operating expenses and the remaining will then be split equally between the World Fund and DDF. For example, a $100 contribution will generate $5 for operating expenses and the remaining $95 will be divided equally, with $47.50 for DDF and $47.50 for the World Fund.

4. The ability to roll over unused DDF will be limited to five years. At the end of each Rotary year, DDF that has been held for more than five years will be applied at the district’s discretion to PolioPlus, area of focus Endowment funds, the general Endowment Fund (including the Rotary Peace Centers), the Disaster Response Fund, or the World Fund. The first DDF rollover redirection will take place 1 July 2026.

Annual Fund donors give with the expectation that their contributions will be used promptly to help communities, but the amount of rollover DDF each year remains high. On 1 July 2020, $48.8 million was carried into the current Rotary year. Let’s put these funds to use to increase the impact we make through our programs.

Starting on 1 July 2026, districts can choose how to apply any rollover funds remaining from 2020-21 as outlined above. If a district doesn’t advise the Foundation about how to direct those funds, the rollover DDF will automatically be directed to the World Fund.

Your Trustees have spent a considerable period of time deliberating these issues, and these policy changes are the result of careful thought and planning. Balancing financial resources with program demands is challenging for any nonprofit, and adjustments and difficult decisions are sometimes necessary to cope with the changing situation.

We’ll be hosting webinars in the coming weeks to talk about these changes in more detail. You’ll receive a separate email inviting you to those sessions. In the meantime, you can direct immediate questions to rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org.

Keeping our programs strong and growing relies heavily on the continued generosity of our members to the Annual Fund-SHARE. We are committed to careful stewardship and prudent investments that will provide more funding for grants and Foundation programs.

We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.


K.R. Ravindran
2020-21 Trustee Chair, The Rotary Foundation


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