The first year of a Strategic Plan is interesting if you are a procrastinator. After all, you typically have several years to accomplish your strategic objectives, so if you don’t get anything accomplished in your first year, why worry? You have two or more years left to declare victory. I realize that my readers who know something about strategic planning are now throwing up, but hey….it is what it is.
District 7620’s strategic plan asked our District to step up to the goal of $200 per cap giving to the Rotary Foundation Annual Program Fund over the next three years. And, to do it without cannibalizing our giving to Polio Plus. The reason for the change was simple….even though Rotary asks us to give $100 each to the Foundation, we believe that there is a lot more good in the world for us to do, and doubling our TRF contributions has the effect of doubling the SHARE funds that we use to fund District and Global grants. Since we believe that District 7620 Rotary clubs, along with their Rotary partners around the world, have terrific ideas for making the world a better place, then it makes sense that we set our goals high enough so that we can fund more local and international projects.
Now that the Rotary year has officially ended, it’s time to see what, if anything, has resulted from our collective efforts to increase our Foundation Giving. If you are wondering, NO, we didn’t have a specific goal for 2013-2014 giving. Not to be deterred I am making the goal up now, and I am VERY pleased to report that we managed to CRUSH our goal of adding $1 to our total APF giving last year. (OK…so it isn’t a stretch goal, but it is measurable, achievable, etc. etc. blah, blah, blah.) We didn’t just build on last year’s contributions, we CRUSHED last year’s total and we did it WITHOUT cannibalizing our Polio Plus giving.
Before I get to the numbers I thought I would share two short videos that are most entertaining if you like to watch things being crushed. I’m told this may be something of a “guy thing” so you might want to skip these videos (regardless of your gender) because for the most part they are just plain silly (stupid). Please remember that I only provide this kind of educational insight for my RFA readers because my goal is to entertain you. Also, I’m trying to increase the number of visitors to RFA without spending any money on search engine optimization because this is Rotary and I’m too frugal (cheap) to spend any money on this blog. NOTE: There is a great fundraising idea included here for clubs with a sense of humor and a willingness to rip off Arnold.
OK…on to the numbers. Notably, all of our contributions have not been posted. I can just imagine the “all hands on deck” situation at the home office with 5 billion envelopes arriving from all over the world with last minute contributions. Regardless, it’s worth reporting on what we have so far with lets say 99.5% of all contributions reported. (I just made up the 99.5% but it makes it sound more official.)
Last year’s APF giving: $277,872
This year’s APF giving (so far): $322,629
Last year’s Polio Plus giving: $109,102
This year’s Polio Plus giving: $126,941
I happen to know there is at least another $3,200 on the way for APF for this year, but even without counting the $3,200, the increase year over year was $44,757, or an increase of 16%! At the SAME TIME, we increased our Polio Plus giving by $17,839, another increase of 16%! Polio proceeds are matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation by $2 for every $1 we contribute, and our $10,000 of District DDF for Polio is matched 50 cents on the dollar by TRF. So all in, we just raised $268,882 for the fight to Eradicate Polio.
Because of our generosity, in the 2016-2017 year we will have something close to $161,000 in SHARE dollars to fund our District and Global humanitarian programs. More to come about the next steps in our campaign to get to $200 per cap giving, or $500,000 per year of APF contributions.
But for now, CONGRATULATIONS 7620 – YOU JUST CRUSHED IT!!!!
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