Ways to Give

Ways to Give

Outright Contributions

As is often said, “cash is always accepted.” In reality, however, the Rotary Foundation is always pleased to accept outright contributions. There are a number of ways you can contribute to the various funds within the Foundation by donating cash, tangible property or securities.


Make Rotary's mission part of your legacy. You can tailor your endowment to The Rotary Foundation World Fund, Rotary Peace Centers, or one or more areas of focus. Commit $10,000 or more to receive an engraved recognition crystal and a recognition pin.


Recurring giving: Rotary Direct:  Enroll in The Rotary Foundation’s recurring giving program, Rotary Direct, and save time, money, and lives through your generous contributions. Select an amount, frequency (monthly, quarterly or annually), and contribution method that is convenient for you. You may even direct your contributions to one of Rotary’s six areas of focus.

Donor Advised Fund

The Rotary Foundation Donor Advised fund is a convenient way to simplify your charitable giving and take advantage of tax savings at the same time. A donor advised fund account is similar to an investment account earmarked exclusively for charitable giving. It allows you to make contributions and grant recommendations to the Foundation and other preferred charities at your convenience.

Memorial & tribute gifts

You can direct your Annual Fund gift to SHARE, the World Fund, or an area of focus fund. A gift to The Rotary Foundation for a loved one is meaningful way to honor or memorialize that person. Tribute gifts may be for a birthday, wedding, graduation or any special event or occasion.


The Rotary Foundation offers several ways to structure a charitable gift that furthers Rotary’s mission. Furthermore such gifting may provide tax and other financial benefits to the donor and loved ones. There are a number of opportunities to construct a gift to the Foundation.

ways you can make a direct contribution


MAIL:  Make checks payable to “The Rotary Foundation.”
Send it with the completed Recognition/Contribution form (PDF) to the this address:
The Rotary Foundation
14280 Collections Center Dr.
Chicago, IL 60693

Credit Card

MAIL OR ONLINE: To make a contribution with a credit card, complete the Recognition/Contribution form (PDF) or use the secure Online Contribution System. Note: You will need to set up and have ready your My Rotary Login and password to complete a direct contribution online. 

Non-cash Property

Gifts of tangible personal property, such as jewelry or artwork, are given careful consideration on a case-by-case basis.

Gifts must be accompanied by a written proposal, which must include a qualified appraisal, photograph, and supporting materials, such as authentication papers.

Contributing certain gifts to The Rotary Foundation may afford you financial benefits.

More information:

Reach the Foundation’s Contact Center at 1-866-9ROTARY (1-866-976-8279) or email  contact.center@rotary.org. A team of Foundation specialists will answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.

CONTACT:  To make a gift of tangible personal property, contact the Gift Administration department.

Forms & Documents

Financial Contribution form


Multiple donor form

Memorial or tribute form

Paul Harris transfer form

Donor Advised faq sheet

IRA rollover information form

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