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.
In the past year the Littleton Rotary foundation has helped build 260+ Biosand filters as well as update public latrine in Nicaragua. We have sent several students to Rotary Leadership camps as well as host and send out international Exchange students. We have also supported a few local health clinics, food bank programs, and the local elementary schools.
In the next year we will continue to support these programs and look for additional ways in which we can support the local community.
1. Community Leaders to join the Rotary club of Littleton which provide the volunteers to manage the projects and fundraisers of the Littleton Rotary Foundation.
2. Feedback from the community as to what additional services the Foundation can provide.
3. Monetary donations to increase the impact the Foundation can have.
4. Female and Minority interest in contributing advice and leadership to the Rotary club of Littleton and the Littleton Rotary Foundation.
5. 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 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 $500,000 which the interest on is distributed to various project in the community annually.
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 and as needed by members of the Board of Directors.
As President of the Board of the Littleton Rotary Foundation there is not that much which is complicated with how the Foundation is setup and run. We typically accept requests for grants once a year and then the board meets and reviews those grant requests for which ones get approved. This is my fourth year on the Foundation as a board member but my first year as president. So I am accustom to how things have been done.
There are two challenges that we face as a Foundation. The first is whether we continue to operate as we currently do with only accepting requests once a year. There are exceptions to that current rule but as budgeting for requests happens around the same time as grants are approved there isn't much deviation. Which doesn't allow for much time to fund requests for immediate needs that are identified throughout the year.
The second challenge is how much we continue to grow the corpus of the Foundation above the $501,000 that it is currently set at this year. We have our financial advisers and investment policy set so don't see that changing but as the new incoming President of the Foundation it is something needs to be looked at because the long term success of the Foundation is dependent upon the income derived from those core investments.
Overall, I am 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.
Scott D. Taylor