We extend our gratitude for your great generosity! During the 2022-23 Rotary year, District 6250 Rotarians contributed a total of $529,042 to The Rotary Foundation.

 
Of that amount, $382,153 was allocated to the Annual Fund/SHARE program, which will be invested for three years before half of it comes back to us in the form of District Designated Funds (DDF). You also made a donation of $109,018 to the Polio Plus fund. This will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to maintain our organization's commitment to eradicating the polio virus and saving lives. The remaining funds were designated by donors to specific Areas of Focus, Endowments, and other various programs.
 
We are thrilled to welcome 76 new Paul Harris Fellows to our district. Additionally, 232 Rotarians have achieved higher Paul Harris levels this year. We are grateful for the incredible generosity of 9 District 6250 Rotarians who have achieved Major Donor status by contributing a total of $10,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Moreover, five more Rotarians have reached Major Donor level 2 ($25,000 total) and level 3 ($50,000 total). We are also pleased to announce that Bequest Society membership has grown by 4, thanks to the Rotarians who have pledged to donate $10,000 or more in future gifts.

Funding your service projects

Our Rotarians have an unwavering spirit of generosity, matched only by their enthusiasm for serving others. We are privileged be able to award matching funds  for all Global Grants and District Grants approved by Rotary International. In D6250, clubs either led or participated in ten Global Grants in 2022-23, amounting to $265,542. Half of these funds were directly contributed by clubs, and our district was able to match $132,771 with DDF in amounts ranging from $2000 to $52,750 per Global Grant. These humanitarian projects will benefit thousands of people around the world, including in Ghana, India, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Cameroon, by providing clean water, medical care, new and renovated schools, and eco-friendly solutions. Additionally, almost $50,000 in DDF was allocated to fund a dozen District Grants that will improve the lives of our friends and neighbors within our community.

We are delighted to support Tierney Hall in her pursuit of a Masters of Philosophy in International Relations at the University of Oxford's St. Peter's College. As our newest Global Scholar, Tierney is an extraordinary young woman who has already contributed greatly by serving as a health educator for the Wisconsin Refugee Health and Tuberculosis program. Her future plans involve advocating for health equity among refugees, making her an exceptional candidate for this program. We take pride in funding Tierney's education and are excited to see all she will accomplish.
 
Thanks to the relationships that PDG Edwin Bos has built with Rotarians in Poland and his dedication to supporting their work with Ukrainian refugees, D6250 was able to secure $75,000 in Disaster Relief Grants. This money has been used to provide essential medical equipment, supplies, food, shelter, and therapy, with a focus on assisting mothers, children, and orphans. The bond that has developed from this service work resulted in a visit from the District Governor of Poland, Piotr Jankowski, at TriCon, as well as a successful and enjoyable friendship exchange between our districts.

Thank you Foundation Team

None of these accomplishments would be possible without the hard work and dedication of all those on the Foundation Team. Our club and committee chairs, as well as our committee members, have been tireless in their efforts to promote donations, identify projects in need of assistance, and provide support to D6250 Rotarians as they plan and write grants. We cannot express enough gratitude for their contributions! If you have been inspired by the service and stories that only The Rotary Foundation can offer, please consider joining us. Contact District Rotary Foundation Chair Erin Luken at erinmluken@gmail.com to become a member of the D6250 Foundation Team.