“The Rotary Foundation is the fuel that provides the energy for Rotary International too --do all that we do,” RI President-elect R. Gordon McInally told a group of Rotary Zone leaders in Bloomington recently.  And in District 5960, we do our part to provide that fuel.
“There are many Rotarians who have the means to make significant gifts to the Foundation,” says Tom Yuzer, Endowment/Major Gift Advisor, “and District 5960 is leading the way in our Zone to introduce a new donor recognition program to acknowledge how important their gifts are.”
The Triple Crown Donor program will annually identify Rotarians who 1) have achieved Major Donor status through their aggregate giving to the annual fund and/or PolioPlus, 2) have notified the Foundation of their intent to make a Bequest Society gift ($10,000+) through their estate, and 3) annually make a Paul Harris Society level gift ($1,000+).
“There would have been about 30 Rotarians in the district who would have been Triple Crown Donors in each of the last two years had the program been in place,” Yuzer said.  “We anticipate this number of special TRF donors will increase after D5960 Rotarians learn about the program.”
The Triple Crown Donor recognition program originated with a few districts on the west coast where Yuzer learned of it.  He said that those districts found that there were many Rotarians who were already qualified in two of the three areas and were able to achieve the third.  “Often it was a Rotarian who was a Major Donor and a Paul Harris Society donor,” Yuzer said, “and had made arrangements for an estate gift but had not notified The Rotary Foundation of their intent.”
For further information, please direct your questions or comments to PDG Tom Yuzer at 951-805-4468.