This new foundation was developed to assist clubs, who do not have their own foundation, with the management of charitable service projects.
The Foundation Inaugural Trustees are Ron Broida, Pedro Cevallos-Candau, Scott McAdam and Dennis Gorman. David Phelps serves as the Chief Administrative Officer.
The trustees have applied with the IRS for designation as a 501c3 Not for Profit.
Once the IRS has approved the application and informed the trustees, the foundation will apply for an Illinois Sales Tax Exemption as a registered Charity.
The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc. has been established to accept donations to fund charitable and educational activities developed and sponsored by Rotary District 6450 and its member Rotary Clubs in good standing. These include community service projects generally in the following areas of focus.
Prevention and resolution of conflicts and the promotion of peace
Prevention and treatment of disease
Clean water and sanitation
Maternal and child health
Basic education and literacy
Economic and community development
Global Grant Projects of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International are not eligible for registration and funding through The Charitable Foundation. Clubs must open independent checking accounts per The Rotary Foundation policies. Additionally, The Rotary Foundation has set up appropriate mechanisms for donors to give to Global Grant projects, directly to The Rotary Foundation.
District Grant Projects of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International may be eligible for The Charitable Foundation.
The Process for registering a club and project with the Foundation:
– Complete the Agreement Form, have officers sign and submit.
– Once an agreement form has been submitted, reviewed and approved by the trustees of the foundation…Complete the Application For Funding form. Once completed, submit to The Charitable Fund of Rotary 6450, Inc. for preliminary review and, upon approval, will be posted on the web-site as a project open for contributions.
May be made by credit card either on a club website, with an account specifically established for receiving donations and deposited into The Charitable Foundation’s checking account or by check mailed to the current Charitable Foundation treasurer. Donations by check will credit the project for 100% of the donation. Donations by credit card will credit the project for 96% of the donation in order to cover the credit card processing fees.
The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc.
P.O. Box 5290
River Forest, IL 60305
The Charitable Foundation treasurer will send tax-deductible donation receipts to the donors. The project funding originator will be advised of contributions received and the web page will be updated with the project funding status.
Contributions must designate a specific exempt purpose, for example
HealthRays Digital X-Ray Project
District Grant #______ for Rotary Club of __________
Rotary Club of _____________ club project (recipient must meet IRS definition of exempt recipient)
ShelterBox on behalf of _______________________
Rotary Emergency Relief Project for/in _____________________
Rotary District 6450 Discretionary (Charitable Foundation trustees will designate recipient)
Once all funds for a particular project are received, the project contact will be asked for payment instructions. All contributions will be kept in the Charitable foundation bank account until projects are fully funded and payment instructions received. In the event that a project is withdrawn by the originator, the default recipient of the funds will become an asset of The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc.
Illinois Sales Tax Exemption
The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc. will provide upon request an Illinois letter of sales tax exemption to vendors, facilities, etc. that are used for a specific project. These letters will be custom to the specific project approved by the Charitable Foundation and must not be used, under any circumstances for Rotary Club related expenses. Rotary Clubs are recognized as 501c4’s by the IRS and are not recognized in the State of Illinois as a Charity. Misuse of the Sales Tax Exemption of The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450 will result in immediate termination of any registered grant project with the foundation by the said club and the vendor / state will be informed of the violation of the Illinois Charity Trust Act.
Check Requests for Approved Service Projects
Checks from The Charitable Foundation of Rotary 6450, Inc. will only be written to Grant recipient organizations or grant project sponsoring Rotary Clubs. Thus, if a member of the club has, for example, purchased supplies for a project with his/her own credit card/check – they should submit to the Club all the original receipts; they club should reimburse the member; and, then the club submit to The Charitable Foundation a check request, with all receipts. The Club will be reimbursed promptly.