Rotary Club of Northfield
$1,000+ Funding Requests Process and Guidelines
The Rotary Club of Northfield receives many requests throughout the year for funding. These requests typically come from charitable organizations and individuals seeking to advance a particular cause or project, either locally or on a larger scale. The club’s Board of Directors is tasked with reviewing such requests when the amount requested exceeds $1,000. Funding requests that do not exceed $1,000 are received and processed by a separate Local Donations committee. For more information about making a funding request to the Local Donations committee, please visit the following site: http://northfieldrotary.org/service/community/donations/
The club’s Board of Directors receives and reviews funding requests in excess of $1,000 throughout the year. The purpose of this document is to provide the club and the public with information regarding the process and guidelines that are used by our club to fairly evaluate and respond to the funding requests received. Please note that the the process and policies that follow are not absolute. That is, our club may, in its discretion, deviate from the process or policies as the Board of Directors deems is necessary. It is the club’s hope and intent to use process and policies below as a guideline for both the club’s Board of Directors and the public to ensure that funding requests are processed fairly and efficiently.
Our Core Values:
- The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
- The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
- The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
- High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian's occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
- The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life;
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
- Every Rotarian, including all members of the Rotary Club of Northfield, have pledged to live by what we call the four-way test:
- Of the things we think, say or do:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Applicants must submit an Application, which can be found and submitted electronically here: Application.
The club currently does not have a deadline for applications. Instead, applications received by the club are typically reviewed at the next monthly meeting of the Board of Directors. Applications are generally reviewed in the order that they are received.
Applications will be evaluated and judged on how closely they meet our club’s selection criteria as provided below. Each applicant will be notified as to results of its funding request.
Our club strictly operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, gender, secual orientation, handicap, or national origin in the consideration of funding requests.
Any questions, comments, or concerns should be submitted here.
- The application should be submitted by an organization, not an individual, and the organization should be non-profit
- The club does not fund political parties or government agencies
- The club does not contribute to an organization’s administrative or operating expenses, or the purchase of land and buildings
- The club does not contribute to endowment funds
- The club does not contribute to an organization that engages in discrimination
- The club does not fund basic municipal services
- Favorable Factors
- Proposed project easily fits with the club’s core values, as stated above
- Application is sponsored or supported by an active member in the club
- Close proximity to the Northfield School District
- Proposed project or cause will benefit an underserved population in the community
- Applicant indicates willingness to speak to club about the funding request and provide follow up details about the state of the project after funding
- Positive funding history with the club
- Project or cause will address an unmet need in the community
- Funding will help launch a new project/program
- Projects which facilitate cooperation and collaboration between and among organizations in the community
- Projects which ensure a long-term or permanent impact
- Project is religious or political in purpose
- Project is funded prior to application and the application seeks reimbursement
- Project is disorganized, poorly planned, and/or not cost effective
- Project focuses mainly on short-term results rather than long-term sustainable solutions
Northfield Rotary Club | Funding Guidelines