The Association of Fundraising Professionals has recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation Voted 2016 Outstanding Foundation
The Association of Fundraising Professionals has
recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual Award for Outstanding
The award honors
organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through
financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in
public affairs. Some of the boldest names in American giving — Kellogg, Komen,
and MacArthur, among others —are past honorees.
“We are honored to
receive this recognition from the AFP, which gives us even more reason to
celebrate during our Foundation’s centennial year,” says Rotary Foundation
Trustee Chair Kalyan Banerjee. “The continued strong support of Rotary
members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children
and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world
understanding, goodwill, and peace. We look forward to another 100 years
of Rotary members taking action to make communities better around the world.”
The announcement came
on 15 November, known to industry professionals since the 1980s as National
Philanthropy Day. The award will be presented in early 2017 at the AFP’s annual
conference in San Francisco.
Trustee Chair-elect Paul Netzel is set to accept the award on Rotary’s behalf,
and Eric Schmelling, director of fund development at Rotary, will speak at the
conference. The event is expected to draw more than 3,400 senior-level
fundraising professionals from 33 countries.
“While almost everyone
is familiar with Rotary, not everyone may realize just how much of an impact
Rotary and The Rotary Foundation have had on countless people and communities
across the globe,” says Jason Lee, AFP president and CEO. “On behalf of the
entire charitable sector and people around the world, all of us at AFP are
honored to be able to recognize The Rotary Foundation as our 2016 Outstanding
AFP’s committee of
judges cited Rotary’s comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as a major
driver of the selection. They also mentioned that Rotary applies a methodical,
purposeful approach to support a wide variety of causes, from providing clean
water to educating the next generation of peace professionals.
The Rotary Foundation is a
not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international
humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange
programs. It is
supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the
Foundation who share its vision of a better world.