Future Vision

What is Future Vision?

This is The Rotary Foundation’s new grant model to support district and club humanitarian and educational projects. It was recently started with a three year pilot program and will officially be transitioned into all districts in July, 2013.

How will it work?

With Future Vision there will only be two types of grants: district and global. District grants are block grants that allow clubs and districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad. Global grans fund large international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and scholarships that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the areas of focus.

How will this new model benefit clubs and districts?

This model will offer clubs and districts the opportunity to carry out projects and activities that create greater impact, build stronger clubs, increase membership and donor base, enhance public image, and generate enthusiasm to support local service efforts.

What are the six areas of focus and how were they selected?

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Basic education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

These areas were identified as critical humanitarian issues that Rotarians were already addressing worldwide. The Trustees agreed that previous Rotarian experience and interest in these areas would promote greater member engagement and project success.

What is sustainability and why is it important?

The Rotary Foundation defines “sustainability” as the capacity for maintaining outcomes long-term to serve the ongoing need of a community after grant funds have been expended. A sustainable project typically involves local community leaders in planning so that they are invested in the project’s long-term success. Sustainable projects offer enduring value and a greater return on Rotary’s investment of money and volunteer hours.

What is the timeline for the Future Vision global launch?

All districts will begin using only the new grant model on 1, 2013. Non-pilot districts should begin preparing for the transition much earlier. District governors-elect will receive training at the 2012 International Assembly and the DGEs and district Foundation chairs will be trained at the 2013 assembly.

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