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The District Foundation Team

If POLIO is not defeated everywhere, then it’s not defeated anywhere!

The District 1220 ROTARY FOUNDATION TEAM is available for all members

John ELFORD BOX – DRFC for 2021/24

Hello to whoever you are and for taking the opportunity, and the trouble, to visit the District 1220 Foundation Website. For whatever reason or for whatever purpose.

The D1220 Foundation Team is what it says “on the can”, a Team. It seeks, will always seek, to further all that Rotary Foundation stands for and to achieve to the best of its ability.

The Team is drawn from Rotarians in D1220, in the East Midlands, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. From all walks of life, from a variety of occupations and professions. From all arenas and levels that exist within the Rotary organisation. It is a privilege for me to lead the Team as District Chair of Foundation, and as you may have gathered the Rotary EPN campaign is very close to my heart,

  • The left-hand photograph you see [above] is of me at two and a half years old in 1948 just three weeks before I contracted Polio, and six weeks after the NHS was created on the 5th July that year.
  • The right-hand photograph you see [above] is of me giving a talk [70 years living with Polio] to a Rotary Club, in February 2020, just four weeks prior to the initial Coronavirus lock-down on the 23rd March 2020.
  • My so called “career” in giving talks about my 73 Years living with Polio, ranges from Rotary Clubs in the UK and Europe, District Conferences and a keynote speaker at Rotary GB&I National Conference in Nottingham in May 2019.

My commitment is to Rotary Foundation, a commitment totally supported by all my colleagues on the Foundation Team, a commitment we all will give, of our best, to produce [hopefully] a very positive outcome to the future of the Foundation cause within Rotary and our District.

You can contact me on 01709 364911 or 364915 + 07483 125 963 &

Best wishes from the District D1220 Foundation Team



Visiting this site indicates to me one of three things, or indeed maybe all of them? [1] you are curious about Rotary, [2] you are curious about the Rotary Foundation or [3] you are a Rotarian wanting to learn more about how D1220 approaches Foundation and all it does in that respect.

It matters not from which of the former you come from, but what matters is that you are here and curious to see what Rotary Foundation is all about and what Rotary Foundation can do, and achieve in our communities and communities beyond our shores.

I have reproduced below the narrative my predecessor, John Cavey [Derby South], produced for this section when John was DRFC. He did much to progress the Rotary Foundation movement and that will continue.  

“All Rotarians know that Rotary is as much about making a difference as making a friend. Your District team know that Rotary International’s only charity [The Rotary Foundation] helps us to cost effectively and accountably make that difference at home and abroad. We donate our time and money to help implement the achievements of our Foundation and rely on the ongoing support of fellow Rotarians to make that possible.”

The newly formed District Foundation Team will look to move on, modernise, and endeavour to bring Foundation to be a more understandable element within the every day approach Rotarians take to Foundation. The goal is to make Foundation more transparent and free of any mystification, and to simplify all that Foundation stands for.

The internet has a wealth of information telling you all you need to know, or want to know, about the “world” of Foundation within the Rotary organisation. Details of the Foundation Team are easily accessible on this site.

John Elford Box
District Rotary Foundation Chair 21/24

What’s it All About?

In our 2019-20 year Rotary Foundation funds have supported 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide with 1349 Global Grants totalling £95.6 million, including the District 1220 Wollaton Park clinic project in Nepal and the Sri Lankan Covid 19 project supported by D1220. A further £20 million supported District Grants around the world, including £32,000 to foodbanks nominated by thirty eight District 1220 clubs. Since March 2020 $32 million has been spent on Covid 19 related grants of which D1220 received £20,000. It is impossible to overstate the positive impact these grants, which are initiated, overseen and accounted for by your fellow Rotarians, make in the lives of the recipients.

Your Foundation impact is recognised.

For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, the independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only one percent of the organisations Charity Navigator evaluates, have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations. The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment of how the Rotary Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness. Congratulations to our professional Foundation team and the volunteer Rotarians all over the world that made this possible.

Foundation helps transform your support into projects that change lives.

With your help, we can continue to make lives better in your community and around the globe.

During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent billions of £’s on life-changing sustainable projects, and we thank you for your support.

The most important action you can take is direct project involvement by initiating, implementing, fundraising or accounting for a successful project. Actions that will introduce you to other Rotarians, project partners and the project beneficiaries.

The Global network of over 1.2 million Rotarians is your oyster to enjoy!

The decision to get directly involved in a project is yours. Supporting Rotary by sharing The Rotary Foundation story with your friends and financially, so that all Rotarian volunteers can benefit from our family of friends is a key responsibility for every Rotarian.

Love and Money

Just like any other charity it takes the love and money of our supporters to make what we do possible.

Our financial building block is the “Every Rotarian Every Year” campaign for our Annual Fund which provides individual Rotarians with the exclusive opportunity to donate $100 annually to sustain their Foundation and be recognised as Sustaining Members.

Rotarians pay various fees to cover the administration of the membership organisation but “Every Rotarian Every Year” is the only annual charitable request made by Rotary International to Rotarians. The success of the appeal is incredibly important to our future.

The $100 you contribute has $5 deducted towards meeting Rotary Foundation operating expenses; the balance is invested for three years and the earnings from this investment are also used to support the operating costs of your Foundation. After three years, $47.50 from every donation is returned to the District Designated Fund of the Rotarians local District. The District uses these funds to pay for the Foundation, club, and district projects the clubs in the district choose.

The remaining $47.50 is allocated to the World Fund of The Rotary Foundation and supports global Grants and Rotary’s highest-priority programs, which are available to all Rotary districts around the world.
Every $ contributed earns a Paul Harris Fellowship point and 1000 points are required for the fellowship of this prestigious organisation.

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease – encouraging your involvement in a Foundation project or program is the most important objective of the campaign.

To learn more, visit our Sustaining Members page.

Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.

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