Giving & Recognition

The Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society is a special recognition program designed for Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.

The first Paul Harris Society was established in 1998 in District 5340 (California, USA) by District Governor Wayne C. Cusick. The idea gained momentum and quickly spread to other districts throughout the world. The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation officially approved the Paul Harris Society as a district-administered recognition program effective 1 July 2006.

The White Hat Society

Membership requires a donation of $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation in a single Rotary Year, but NOT every year. The intention is that this is a new contribution and does not involve existing “Points.” In addition, a member must recruit one other Rotarian to join the Society. There is recognition for subsequent donations, and a donation of $25,000 results in a Lifetime Award.

Giving & Recognition Downloads

  • TRF - Charitable IRA Gifts TRF - Charitable IRA Gifts (748 KB)
  • The Rotary Foundation Resources The Rotary Foundation Resources (257 KB)
  • Bequest Society Brochure Bequest Society Brochure (365 KB)
  • Club Banner Recognition Guide Club Banner Recognition Guide (474 KB)
  • How to Donate PH Points How to Donate PH Points (69 KB)
  • IRA-Rollover Form IRA-Rollover Form (251 KB)
  • Paul Harris Society Brochure Paul Harris Society Brochure (350 KB)
  • Paul Harris Society Form Paul Harris Society Form (433 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Recognition Presentation - 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club (110 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Benefactor Recognition Presentation - Benefactor (107 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Bequest Society Recognition Presentation - Bequest Society (110 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Major Donor Recognition Presentation - Major Donor (104 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Presentation - Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (115 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Presentation - Paul Harris Fellow (114 KB)
  • Recognition Presentation - Paul Harris Society Recognition Presentation - Paul Harris Society (112 KB)
  • Rotary Direct Form Rotary Direct Form (2487 KB)
  • Rotary Direct Presentation Rotary Direct Presentation (7713 KB)
  • Rotary Giving Works Rotary Giving Works (1581 KB)
  • The Rotary Foundation Contribution Form The Rotary Foundation Contribution Form (212 KB)
  • The Rotary Foundation Multiple Donor Form The Rotary Foundation Multiple Donor Form (173 KB)
  • TRF Contribution Recognition Reports Guide TRF Contribution Recognition Reports Guide (375 KB)
  • TRF Donor Advised Fund TRF Donor Advised Fund (83 KB)