On Tuesday evening November 8th, Rotary Glenferrie was delighted to welcome back our Past District Governor in D9800 from 2019-2020 Grant Hocking. Grant is this year’s District Foundation Chair and visited us to talk about the vital Rotary funding engine room, The Rotary Foundation. In the presentation Grant made some key points to inform members of the Rotary Foundation’s work.
PDG Grant Hocking receives contributions from Rotary Glenferrie for both the Annual Fund and Polio Plus from President Teresa Liu and Club Foundation Director PP Charles Tran at the club meeting November 8th
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to help Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.
Proudly The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has been awarded Charity Navigator’s Highest Rating for 14 consecutive years. (Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.)
They have given TRF an overall score of 100% for all four parameters:
  • Financial,
  • Accountability & Transparency,
  • Leadership & Adaptability
  • Culture & Community.
Only 1% of the charities evaluated have received at least 14 consecutive 4-star evaluations.
There are three types of Grants.
District Local Community Project Grant –Minimum grant $1,000, needing a minimum project value of $2,000, matched $ for $ by TRF. The maximum grant available for multi-club grants is $9,000
International Grant – Minimum grant $1,000 needing a minimum project value of $3,000 - matched $1 by District for every $2 of Club contribution. The maximum District International Grant available is $6,000
Global Grant – Needing a minimum of US$30,000 in Project value - TRF matches 80% of the District’s contribution from the District Designated Fund.
Rotary Glenferrie has benefited in applying for and obtaining financial support in all these categories of Rotary Foundation Grants. In the area of Local Grants the Club has received a $9,000 Grant in support of the Yarra Bank Playground Project and Year 11-12 Scholarship grants for students at Auburn High School and Swinburne Secondary School. In relation to International Grants we received funding for setting up a Vocational Training Centre in Gombe, Northern Nigeria. Our biggest Global Grant application resulted in achieving funding for the Sumba Eye Programme.
Grant Hocking told us that on average, 66% of Australians give to charities with an average donation of $106 per charity (CAF*, 2019).  He stated, “just imagine what we could do if all Rotarians were to make The Rotary Foundation their charity of choice”!
These are the ways you can help.
  • Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) – Donate any amount per year.
  • Centurion Program - $100 per year or $25 per quarter.
  • Paul Harris Society – US$1000 per year or AUD$130 per month*
  • Benefactor – Leave US$1000+ in your will.
  • Bequest Society – Leave US$10,000 in your will.
At the conclusion of the Meeting the Club Rotary Foundation Chair, Charles Tran presented PDG Grant Hocking with two cheques, a $4,500 contribution to the Annual Fund, and a $2,000 donation to Polio Plus. The latter donation will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation dollar for dollar, which means that Glenferrie’s contribution of $2,000 becomes a $4,000 contribution to End Polio.
For further information on the The Rotary Foundation go to the D9800 Website - https://rotarydistrict9800.org.au/sitepage/foundation
You can also first approach Charles Tran who is Rotary Glenferrie’s Foundation Chair. At District level The Rotary Foundation Humanitarian Grants Programme is chaired by our very own Richard Blakeman.
Ian Salek