- The Rotary District 6360 Foundation was founded at the 1992 Rotary District Conference.
- Mission: To provide every Club in Rotary District 6360 with the opportunity for funding, administrative and/or partnering assistance in their service project activities.
- Our Foundation is funded through our annual raffle ticket sales and donations from Rotary members. Please consider buying tickets or donating to our foundation so you can help fund this important resource for our District.
- These funds are then made available to our clubs via grants.
- In 2014-2015, our Foundation awarded 12 clubs in our district a total of $20,000 in grant money. Those funds were used to fund a variety of projects that support our local communities. Examples of those projects are:
– Children’s Christmas Party
– Improvements to Tibbitt’s Opera House
– Work On A Local Playground
– Student Assistance Programs
– H.S. Math Remediation Project
- Every club in our District is eligible to apply for a grant. The deadline is May 31. The requirements, information and forms can be found at http://district6360.com/district_foundation/Foundatio_Grant_Application_05_2015_writable.pdf
- Grants are funded between; $500 – $2,500.
- These are matching grants. If you apply for a $500 grant you need to match with $500 from your club or another source.
- Only one grant is awarded per project. That means you cannot apply for a grant for the same project this year and next year. Only one grant is awarded per year to a club.
- A check can be disbursed to the club upon request once the grant has been approved and the club has been notified. You do not have to wait until the project has been completed to request the check. However, a project completion form will need to be submitted when you are done.
- Another way we support our local communities is through the Golden Trowel Award. The clubs in our district nominate individuals, groups, organizations, or corporations in their community that have made a significant contribution to a Rotary club project(s). The nominee cannot be a Rotarian. The award winners are recognized at our annual dinner that is held in October.
- The District 6360 Foundation is also available for clubs to act as a 501C (3) agency for special annual projects for your community. Instead of starting up your own 501C (3) foundation, and upon approval of the RD6360 Foundation Board, a separate restricted account can be set up to receive donations toward your club’s special community service project. An example is Saugatuck-Douglas has a separate restricted account to receive donations for their annual 4th of July Fireworks project. Another example would be for a high school scholarship fund that would receive donations from community members.
- The Rotary District 6360 Foundation has a restricted account for the District 6360 Children’s Safe Water Project – BioSand Water Filters in the Dominican Republic. The leadership on this project has been transferred from PDG Terry Allen, PDG Bill Dimond, and Charles Jesperson to leaders from the Middleville, Gull Lake, Delton, Hastings and Cereal City Sunrise Clubs. The project continues to work with Rotary Clubs in the Dominican Republic to bring BioSand Water Filters. Many clubs in our district 6360 participate in this World Service project by sending donations to the RD6360 Foundation to fund BioSand Water Filters.
- Another area of service for Rotary District 6360 Foundation is support of club Youth Service Programs. Your club can receive credit toward RYLA Camp expenses (sending youth to the camp). 20% of every raffle ticket sold in the fall is available for your club to spend on Youth Services Projects. This includes RYLA Camp, Interact, and Youth Exchange activities.
- Your Rotary District 6360 Foundation is here to support you as your 501C3 organization.
- NOTE: The District 6360 Foundation is different than The Rotary Foundation (R.I.) District Foundation (think locally funded vs. funded through TRF donations). Grant money is also available for clubs through this resource. You can find more information about their requirements, timelines and forms at: http://district6360.com/Rotary_Foundation_(TRF)/Foundation_Grants.htm. Teresa Brandell is the current Chair of this Committee. For more information please contact your R.D.6360F board members;
- Ed DeLisle Union City
- PDG William (Bill) Dimond Kalamazoo Sunrise
- Marjorie (Margie) Haas Hastings
- Twesigye Jackson Kaguri East Lansing
- Zaf Khaja Kalamazoo
- Karl Kincade Berrien Springs/Eau Claire
- José López Delta-Waverly
- Jim Muller Smith Benton Harbor Sunrise
- Leeann Spiegelberg Battle Creek
- Robert Williams Middleville
- Jerri-Lynn Williams-Harper Albion