To assist in the development and implementation of youth leadership programs, education, nutrition and health care programs for the needy, clean water and sanitation projects, polio prevention and eradication and economic development, both locally and internationally. To support other non-profit organizations providing services in our local community through grants, providing volunteers and assisting with fund raising endeavors.
Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
The Mission of the Littleton Rotary Foundation is to support Health, Education and Community projects in the Littleton, Colorado Suburban area as well as support Rotary International grant projects that adhere to their 6 areas of focus, which are promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.
One of our current local projects is to assist Nourish Meals on Wheels, a 50 year old non-profit in our community, raise funds for a permanent facility. This will allow them to continue to provide thousands of meals to seniors and disabled in the greater Littleton area. They are a valuable agency in our community that needs our help.
We are currently supporting an international project to help mothers in Peru through training of midwives to prevent hemoraging at birth. Littleton Rotary Foundation has helped provide water filters in Puerto Rico, build Biosand filters, water distribution systems and sanitation improvements in Africa and Central America, as well as provided economic development opportunities for women in Africa..
We have sent students to Rotary Leadership camps as well as hosted and sent out international Exchange students. We have also supported local health clinics, food bank programs, and the local elementary schools. Our members man a food bank for low income students and are tutors and mentors in a reading program for elementary children at a local school.
In the next year we will continue to support these programs and look for additional ways in which we can support the local community by:
1. Encouraging community Leaders to join the Rotary club of Littleton which provides the volunteers to manage the projects and fundraisers of the Littleton Rotary Foundation.
2. Obtaining feedback from the community as to what additional services the Foundation can provide.
3. Collecting monetary donations to increase the impact the Foundation can have.
4. Increasing our diversity through women and minority members interested in contributing advice and leadership to the Rotary Club of Littleton and the Littleton Rotary Foundation.
5. Seeking an infusion of youthful perspectives so that the Foundation can adapt to the rapidly changing requirements of the community it serves and better respond to needs by increasing efficiency with new technologies.
The largest project that the foundation has funded was to contribute $500,000 to help Project Cure purchase their warehouse facility.
Our Foundation does not have an Executive Director. Responsibilities are handled by the President, officers and members of the Board of Directors.
In addition to supporting the ongoing projects and efforts of the Littleton Rotary Club, the Foundation accepts requests for grants from local schools and non-profit organizations once a year. The requests are reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. The Foundation typically provides $50,000 to $60,000 in grants, including $10,000 to international projects each year.
There are two challenges that we face as a Foundation. The first is whether we continue to operate as we currently do with accepting requests from other organizations once a year or whether we develop a signature project unique to the Littleton Rotary.
The second challenge is how much we continue to grow the corpus of the Foundation. We have reached our goal of $1,000,000 and need to determine if we continue to grow the corpus or expend funds on an annual basis. We want to ensure the long term success of the Foundation and our ability to fund community needs and worthwhile projects.
Overall, we are looking forward to continuing to influence the impact our Foundation has on the local community as well as internationally. Please help us in continuing our goals. Thank you.
The Littleton Rotary Foundation was created in 1968 as the fundraising and giving entity of the Rotary Club of Littleton which was established in 1922. Since then, through fundraising and donations, the foundation has established a corpus of over $1,000,000. The investment earnings and current fund raising efforts annually support various projects in the community and internationally.