Five Free Ways to Kick-Off Foundation Month


BCC Foundation Leadership Team
BCC Foundation Leadership Team: George Nash, Barbara Ott, Stuart Schwager, Greg Wims

This week I visited the Bethesda Chevy Chase Club and discussed the District’s strategic goal of having clubs contribute $200 per member to the The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.  While raising money for the Foundation is dear to my heart, Foundation Month is coming in November and there are several ways to  increase your club’s Foundation awareness that don’t require asking for a contribution.  Here are five techniques you can use to kick off a great year of Foundation giving next month:

1.  Show the video “This is Rotary” to your club. It’s 4 minutes long and is guaranteed to get everyone excited about Rotary.  You can link to it at :

2.  Have a Foundation minute at the beginning of each meeting next month where someone does a one minute report on TRF activities.

3.  Have a Foundation Advocate visit your club and do a club program about the Foundation.

4.  Consider making di minimis distributions from your annual fundraiser to subsidize your Foundation giving.  The community won’t object to 10% of the proceeds going to “do good in the world.”

5.  Use Paul Harris recognition points during the month as an incentive to give.  Consider a 100 point match for a $200 APF SHARE contribution.  Let members know the matching points are only good during Foundation month.

So there you go….five ideas to kick off Foundation month and they didn’t cost you a dime!

3 thoughts on “Five Free Ways to Kick-Off Foundation Month

  1. Ken, Liz Lazar directed me to your blog. For the last year I have published a weekly blog for 7600 District Foundation Committee directed mostly at our Foundation Advocates and Club Foundation Chairs. I have learned about the Foundation and blogging as I went. This past year I have been the Advocates’ Chair for our district and prior to that was the Operations Chair for our DRFCC, Jim Probsdorfer. Look forward to learning from your blog.

    1. Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your comment. We’ve tried to incorporate some of the best District 7600 practices in our District, including the notion of Foundation Advocates. We are still struggling with getting our Advocates up to speed. We don’t have an “Advocates Chair” but our DGN serves the same role. It’s great to share best practices, isn’t it? And Liz Lazar is one of my heroes!

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