District 7780 Foundation Committee Report


Lawrence Furbish, District Foundation Chair

Draft May 24, 2020


 Dollars Expended

District Grants. The District had $59,354 available for District Grants in 2019-20. It was apportioned as follows:

     $9,000 was set aside for the District International Outreach, this year in Columbia, SA

     $1,283 was set aside for administrative expenses

     $49,071 was available for District Grants initiated by clubs

Eleven clubs applied for District Grants, all were awarded. They were:

Bath - providing villagers in Cambodia with bio-sand filters to give them access to clean water ($8,300)

Boothbay Harbor - addressing food insecurity with a program of healthy eating, gardening, and creative play ($9,591)

Brunswick - building a bocce court for people with disabilities to promote physical activity and social interaction ($4,500)

Brunswick Coastal - renovate and equip a school-based food pantry as an alternative to the current backpack method of distributing food to students in need ($3,000)

Damariscotta-Newcastle - constructing an ADA-compliant walkway connecting the community green with a river nature walk ($5,350)

Kennebunk - purchasing backpacks to hold school supplies and clothing for children in need (part of a much larger program entitled, "Level the Playing Field") ($1,000)

Kennebunk Portside - working with town’s Parks & Recreation Department to purchase and install a community skating rink ($4,000)

Portland Sunrise - restore and renovate a much-used community center ($1,780)

Sanford-Springvale - upgrade a new trail by building bridges and boardwalks, adding educational interpretive nature signs, and printing maps and brochures ($2,000)

Westbrook-Gorham - build and install water filtration systems for a village in Guatemala devastated by a tsunami ($4,550)

Yarmouth - connect an upland trail section with bridges and boardwalk over a wetland ($5,000)

Brunswick Coastal was unable to carry out their grant proposal and returned the money. $2,500 of it was approved for a District Grant application from the New Voices Rotary Club for a tick education and prevention program in conjunction with RYLA and Camp Hinds.

Two clubs (Brunswick and Portland Sunrise) had not been able to spend all of their District Grant money and pursuant to Rotary Foundation rules were allowed to repurpose these funds for Covid-19 related relief.

Nothing was spent from the administrative expense line.

In April, the Committee voted to use all of our left-over DDF cash ($1,782) to contribute to a project for Safe Passages in Guatemala City to provide food relief to the families and children living in the dump. Because of Covid-19 the dump and the Safe Passages school were closed so the families were in desperate need of food and supplies.

Global Grants. At the start of the year, the District had $131,689 available as DDF credit to match Global Grants. The following amounts of DDF were used to match club cash contributions from District 7780 clubs for the following Global Grants.

     $7,714 to upgrade a maternity ward in Bulgaria (Yarmouth)

     $2,000 for an eye service center in India (Portland)

     $5,716 for an irrigation and clean water check dam in India (Sanford-Springvale)

In addition, as of May 1st DDF has been set aside for the following Global Grant applications if they are approved in Evanston:

$2,000 for a solar-powered lab in Haiti (District 7210)

$16,250 for a Covid-19 response project in Zambia (South Berwick-Eliot)

$1,100 for a clean water project in Costa Rica (District 7170)

$1,000 for a check dam in India (District 7870)

$10,000 for manpower development and training in Jordan (Biddeford-Saco)

In March, the Foundation Committee voted to transfer $26,338 of our Global Grant DDF credit to the Polio Plus Fund. (The Rotary Foundation had asked Districts who were able to do so to transfer 20% of their DDF to fight Polio - we were able to meet this request.

In May the District applied for and received a $25,000 Rotary Disaster Response Grant to be used for food insecurity exacerbated by the Covid-19 virus. The money was divided equally among the district’s 41 clubs so each club could assess the most pressing need in its own community. Clubs are required to report on their efforts by June 15.

Dollars Raised
As of the date of this report, Rotarians and clubs have donated $177,552 (97% of goal) to the Annual Fund and $45,447 (87% of goal) to Polio Plus. Per capita, our Annual Fund giving is $110.21. Three clubs have not given to the Annual Fund yet this year; nine clubs have not yet given to Polio Plus.
Eighteen clubs have reached an Annual Fund per capita giving of $100 or more. They are:
  • Bath Sunrise
  • Bethel
  • Boothbay Harbor
  • Brunswick Coastal
  • Brunswick
  • Exeter
  • Freeport
  • Kennebunk Portside
  • Kittery
  • Oxford Hills
  • Portland
  • Portland Sunrise
  • Portsmouth
  • Sanford-Springvale
  • South Portland-Cape Elizabeth
  • Westbrook-Gorham
  • Yarmouth
  • York
The Foundation Trustees ask each club to donate at least $1,500 to Polio Plus each year. This year so far eight District 7780 clubs have met that challenge. They are:
  • Dover
  • Exeter
  • Hampton
  • Oxford Hills
  • Portsmouth
  • Rochester
  • Sebago Lake
  • South Portland-Cape Elizabeth
As the Rotary year ends, many of these figures will change and a final report will be available sometime in August or September. Often, there are many last-minute donations and it usually takes the Rotary Foundation staff in Evanston some time to arrive at final figures.
Respectfully submitted,
Lawrence K. Furbish
District Foundation Chair