December, 2023

    John Wasta, District Foundation Chair 

Foundation First newsletter 

Welcome to the month of December's District 5970 Foundation newsletter.
First let me wish you a happy holiday season. 
December starts the three-month, District 5970 “Rotary Rush”.  This is where an anonymous district benefactor will match your donation with points, if you will donate half way to your first or additional Paul Harris Recognition level, your donation will be matched so you receive the Paul Harris Fellowship. For full information please click here to be taken to the Rotary Rush promotional document.  The document mentions utilizing the Rotary Foundation Individual Donation 123-EN form.  You can find a copy here.  A reminder, this is a District campaign, not a Rotary Foundation Campaign.  Please be sure to send your donation and/or Foundation receipt to Dave Manning, our District Foundation Fundraising Chairperson (see mailing directions in the promotional document).  Also remember the campaign is to increase our district’s annual campaign donations so we can give out more District grants.  Other donations do not qualify for a match during this campaign.
One of my continued messages is that I feel that the donations I can afford make much more of an impact when combined with others who also use the Rotary Foundation for their donations.  I know The Rotary Foundation oversees the use of donations and makes sure each dollar is accounted for.  I have been involved with a number of reviews from the Foundation making sure our District and Global grants comply with the regulations laid out in the Grant Handbook.  Recently, Our Rotary Foundation received the highest rating from Charity Navigator (a foundation rating group) for the fifteenth consecutive year.  
I continue to be pleased by the club projects I read about.  Think about the projects your club does.  Now multiple your projects by the 46,000 plus clubs around the world.  This will give you a glimpse of the good that Rotary is doing around the globe.
Thank you for choosing to be a Rotarian.  Please let me know if I can help you on your Rotary journey.
John Wasta
Rotary District 5970 Foundation Chairperson 2021 – 2024
221 Kent Ct Ne, Cedar Rapids, IA  52402

John Wasta

District 5970 Foundation Chair

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