Rotary Foundation named world’s outstanding foundation for 2016

Published 8:13 pm Friday, May 12, 2017

The Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized The Rotary Foundation with its annual award for Outstanding Foundation at its 2017 conference in San Francisco.

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.

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman-elect Paul Netzel accepted the award on Rotary’s behalf. The event drew more than 3,400 senior-level fundraising professionals from 33 countries. This award comes on the Rotary Foundation’s centennial year.

“With the generous support of our members and partners, we’ve taken on some of the toughest humanitarian challenges in the world, none more so than the devastating disease of polio,” Netzel said. “We will defeat polio, and it will be a landmark achievement for global public health.”

The committee 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.

“This award helps to spread our belief that service to humankind truly changes our world, and for that reason, it is the greatest work of life,” Netzel said.