Rotary receives top honors for Future Vision

rifutvis_2013_06_edisonRotary has received a silver Edison Award in recognition of the Future Vision Plan. The Edison Awards recognize innovative new products, services, and business leaders in the United States. Read more.

Future Vision readiness survey results
Nonpilot district leaders received an online survey about the new Rotary grant model in March. Key findings from the survey include:

  • 96 percent of district leaders surveyed supported the Future Vision Plan.
  • Approximately 80 percent reported that they have received sufficient training on the new sustainability requirements; however, 35 percent of this group indicated that it will be difficult to implement these requirements within their districts.
  • 89 percent indicated that they are likely to maintain or increase their contributions to The Rotary Foundation in the future.

Navigating to the online application
Some Rotarians have expressed confusion about how to navigate from the Rotary grants web page to the online application. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. In the upper right corner, click Sign in / Register. Enter your Member Access username and password.
  3. Hold your cursor over Grants Basics to reveal a drop-down menu of items. Select “Manage Grants.”
  4. From the left-hand menu, select the grant type you’re interested in.

Trustee decisions
At their April meeting, the Trustees took the following decisions:

  • Global grant scholars are no longer required to reside in their host districts.
  • Rotary’s partnership contract with Aga Khan University, which expires at the end of June, will be renewed, and Rotary will expand its relationship with the university. The contract with Oikocredit, also set to expire in June, will not be renewed. Packaged grant activities with Oikocredit that have been approved by June 2013 will continue to be implemented and supported for the duration of the grant.
  • Additions to existing buildings are no longer an eligible expense for district and global grants. This decision was taken in response to repeated instances in which funds that were approved for additions were instead used for new construction projects, a violation of Trustee policy. Renovations of existing structures remain eligible.
  • The RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration will continue.
  • A large water project in Honduras was approved. This is the second project grant of more than US$100,000 that has been approved during the Future Vision pilot.

2013 RI Convention workshops
If you’re going to the convention in Lisbon, Portugal, in June, consider attending these workshops related to Rotary grants:

  • Vocational Training Teams – Vocational Service in Action
  • Global Grant Writing 101
  • Global Grant Writing 102
  • Rotary Scholarships, a Spectrum of Opportunities
  • Focus on Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution
  • Focus on Disease Prevention and Treatment
  • Focus on Water and Sanitation
  • Focus on Maternal and Child Health
  • Focus on Basic Education and Literacy
  • Focus on Economic and Community Development
  • Partners for Change

New Rotary website
The new Rotary website is coming in August! In addition to a fresh look and feel, the enhanced site will feature a customized experience, member profiles, and improved search capabilities. Watch for it on