December, 2019


Don Meyer, District 5970 Foundation Chair

Foundation First newsletter
December, 2019
Dear Rotarians,
November and December are the best two months of the year for The Rotary Foundation.  As it is for all charitable organizations, November and December are the two greatest giving months of the year.  I hope you include the Rotary Foundation and the amazing impact it has on changing lives, as you plan your giving at year end.  To help you with your gift planning, here are a variety of ways to give to the Foundation which have benefits for you.
  • Give appreciated assets like stocks, to benefit your tax situation.  Gift of these assets often provide a double tax benefit—a deduction for the gift and a bypass of capital gains tax.  If interested, you will find the stock transfer instructions and forms here.
  • Roll over your IRA minimum distribution.  If you are 70½ or older, avoid paying income tax on your required minimum distribution by giving it directly to the Rotary Foundation. If interested, you will find sample letters to send to your IRA custodian here.
  • Impact the Foundation’s good work through your estate plan.  Including a bequest for The Rotary Foundation in your will is a wonderful future gift that honors your legacy.  Please consult your attorney for any legal and tax advice.  
Six Reasons to Give to Rotary
  1. We fight disease around the world.
  2. We teach people to read.
  3. We build peace.
  4. We provide clean water and sanitation.
  5. We save mothers and children.
  6. We grow local economies.
Update from Global Scholar Connor Roth
All is going well here at the University of Sussex in England. I turned in my first paper on the peacebuilding process and recently spoke at a Rotary event with 4 different clubs present. The surrounding clubs had a dinner for the 11 Rotary Scholars who are currently attending Sussex. It was a fantastic time and was great to meet members from the different clubs! Attached is a photo of the group.  I’m on the right. 
I have also been involved with the Brighton and Hove Rotaract group and regularly attend their events and meetings. Recently, I volunteered with them and the Brighton Rotary Club to help with a coat drive called WrapUp. They collected over 900 coats! 
On Wednesday evening I am heading up to the Kew Gardens Rotary Club near London for a talk on modern-day slavery. I am excited to speak with more Rotarians on the issue and learn about the work they are doing!
Connor Roth
Connor is on the right, back row
Global Grant Opportunity
Here is a Global Grant opportunity from the District Foundation Chair for District 3100 in India:

Greetings from Rotary District 3100! I am Rotarian CA Ankur Agarwal, DRFC of Rotary District 3100 (India). The district covers the Western Part of the state of Uttar Pradesh and is primarily an agriculture based area. I write this message to give a bird’s eye view of the Global Grant proposals submitted by various clubs of our district. We are looking for an International partner for these proposals.
We are looking for interested clubs in your district to partner with the clubs of my district in these need based projects for the benefit of the underprivileged.
The summary of the Global Grant proposals submitted by clubs of our district is given below :-
Project Detail
Project Cost (USD)
DDF by 3100 With TRF Matching
Balance Fund from International Partner (including matching by TRF)
Provide a cardiac Ambulance in Khurja City. No such ambulance available in the city and in time of need it has to be called from nearby city at very exorbitant charges. Poor people cannot afford such cost. At times results in loss of precious life.
Provide OCT Machine to District Eye Hospital to enable free Retina screening to all the patients. The Hospital has an annual OPD of 40000 and the charges are very nominal. A Retina specialist is already on the payroll of hospital. There is only one OCT machine in whole of the city.
Make provision of Modular toilet blocks, computer labs, Science Labs, Solar Panels, Electric Fixtures in 5 schools of Meerut.
Make provision of Modular toilet blocks, computer labs, Science Labs, Solar Panels, Electric Fixtures in a school of Moradabad.
Provide Yag Laser System, Autoclave, Lens set, Compact Phaco Machine, automated chair and other equipment to already running Rotary Khurja Eye Hospital. The hospital has been setup with funds from Rotarians and Matching Grants. It needs these equipment as the OPD numbers have increased and current equipment are insufficient to cater to the inflow.

The detailed proposals are also ready. The details of the proposal of your interest can be forwarded in no time.
With Rotary regards,
Rotarian CA Ankur Agarwal (MPHF)
If you are interested in partnering with any of these clubs in India for these projects, please contact Rebecca Schultz, District 5970 Global Grant Chair, at .  Remember you must receive Global Grant training from her to allow your club to be qualified to participate in a global grant project.
Yours in Rotary,
Don Meyer
District 5970 Foundation Chair

Donald Meyer

District 5970 Foundation Chair