PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS

Donors of $1,000 or more to the The Rotary Foundation (Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program), or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows, named after the founder of Rotary.  Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. Donors of $1,000 annually become members of the Paul Harris Society. 

Become a Paul Harris Fellow

Simply mail your check (made payable to The Rotary Foundation) to the Rotary Club of Louisville office at 401 West Main Street, Suite 810, Louisville, KY 40202.

Gifts of more than $2,000

For gifts of $2,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow is eligible for

  • Recognition as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
  • Option to honor someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow with their Foundation recognition points (formerly called “available credit”)
  • Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin with additional stones Recognition levels are based on the following guidelines:

Recognition total

Pin level

US$2,000 to 2,999.99 one sapphire
3,000 to 3,999.99 two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99 three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99 four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99 five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99 one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99 two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99 three rubies

Make someone else a Paul Harris Fellow

Friends, family, spouses, and colleagues make so many valuable contributions to your life. You can give back by donating $1,000 to the Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund in their honor, which will earn them Paul Harris Fellow Recognition. You also may give another person recognition points, which are awarded for contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the sponsor portion of a Foundation grant.  One Foundation recognition point will be given for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds, which can then be extended to others to help them become a Paul Harris Fellow. Donors will no longer need to be a Paul Harris Fellow themselves before Foundation recognition points are awarded. Points may only be transferred in transactions of 100 points or more, and individual donors will be the only ones authorized to transfer points from their individual accounts. Club presidents and district governors may no longer authorize point transfers for other individuals, but they may continue to authorize transfers from their club or district accounts. Individual points will expire upon the death of the donor, or the death of the surviving spouse of a Major Donor. (Major Donors have contributed US$10,000 or more to the Foundation.) Donors who are already Paul Harris Fellows become Multiple Paul Harris Fellows with an additional contribution of $1,000 or if 1,000 points are added to their account. To transfer points, contact the Rotary Club of Louisville Executive Director at 502-589-1800 or email for assistance.





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