Gr8ter Good Pledge Form
Two years ago President Carolyn McDougal introduced our Club’s first ever annual giving program, Back to Basics. The primary objectives of the Back to Basics program were to give all club members an easy way to contribute to the club and the Rotary International Foundation, and to reduce the ‘Asks’ we would have at lunches while still funding the many important service projects we do in our community. This program was a success! We increased annual contributions to both the Rotary International Foundation and the Tacoma Rotary Foundation, increased funding for our club projects and had one of the club’s most successful years in funding for the Rotary International PolioPlus Program. The annual giving program was also successful at increasing overall club participation!
Many discussions, including a Fireside topic, over the course of last year clearly showed us that members supported an annual giving program but wanted to see more flexibility regarding the amount of the voluntary annual commitment as well as the ability to direct their funds toward what they are most passionate about.
The new program maintains the broad outline of the previous plan while incorporating flexibility to members as they determine their personal planned giving levels in the new Rotary year. This will enable the Club to continue to minimize the frequency of financial ‘Asks’ and focus our attention on the fellowship and the programs of our weekly meetings.
Please keep in mind that special gifts that many of you make to the foundations or particular projects can still be made throughout the year.
The work of our club, both worldwide and in our local community, continues to blossom and as we have seen, your contributions of time, talent and treasure have an enormous impact. This Annual Giving Program will allow us to continue doing more for our community, and in the new year we will be highlighting the outcomes of your annual commitments each month by sharing the exciting things our committees are accomplishing with your support.
President Jennifer Durham
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