Paul Harris Fellow / Multiple Paul Harris Fellows

Rotary Club members and/or donors of USD 1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation's Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, Term Gifts, or the Humanitarian Grants program or people who have the amount contributed in their name, are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows (PHF). Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin. It is not an award but a recognition given to the contributor for his/her contribution.  A club can request Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) recognition to recognize either a Rotarian or a non-Rotarian who, in its opinion, is worthy of this recognition. Rotary clubs traditionally reserve this honor to mark their appreciation for exemplary service to Rotary and/or to the local and international community.
Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

  For gifts of $2,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow is eligible for -
  • Recognition as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (MPHF)
  • 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
USD $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.
Rotary Club of Plainsboro - North & South Brunswick became a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club in 2014. This recognition is reserved for clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is a one-time recognition.
Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Recognition through the Foundation's Contact Center at 1-866-9ROTARY (1-866-976-8279) or . A team of Foundation specialists will answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.
You can also get in touch with the executive members at Rotary Club of Plainsboro- North and South Brunswick.
Other Individual Recognitions

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.


When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary of $1,000 or more in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.

Paul Harris Society member

When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Learn more about the Paul Harris Society.

Bequest Society

When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.

  • $10,000: Bequest Society pin and an exclusive art piece suitable for framing
  • $25,000: Rotary’s Promise crystal and named endowed fund, plus all of the above
  • $50,000: Separate named endowed funds directed to two areas of focus or districts, plus all of the above
  • $100,000: Customized Rotary’s Promise crystal, plus all of the above
  • $250,000: Posthumous induction into the Arch Klumph Society, plus all of the above
  • $500,000: Special seating and registration benefits at the Rotary International Convention, plus all of the above

Major Donor

When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:

  • Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
  • Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
  • Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
  • Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999

Arch Klumph Society

When your cumulative donations reach $250,000. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more about the Arch Klumph Society.

  • Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
  • Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
  • Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
  • Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
  • Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
  • Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above

Legacy Society

When you promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment, you’ll be listed in Rotary’s annual report and invited to exclusive Rotary International and Foundation events. Legacy Society members also receive special recognition items and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members.

Club recognition

100% Paul Harris Fellow Club

For clubs in which all dues-paying members are Paul Harris Fellows. This is a one-time recognition.

100% Paul Harris Society Club

For clubs in which every dues-paying member contributes a minimum of $1,000 to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or global grants within a Rotary year

100% Foundation Giving Club

For clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund.

100% Rotary’s Promise Club

A designation provided to clubs in which every dues-paying member supports The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment with a minimum commitment of $1,000 or more in an estate plan or via an outright gift of $1,000 or more. A certificate honoring the achievement will be provided upon request.

Every Rotarian, Every Year Club

For clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year. 

Top Three Per Capita in Annual Fund Giving

For the three clubs in each district that give the most, per capita, to the Annual Fund. Clubs that give at least $50 per capita are eligible.

Naming opportunities

Special opportunities are available to create an endowment or make a directed gift in your name or the name of a loved one. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, with part of their earnings spent on a designated program. Directed gifts are spent in their entirety, usually in the following Rotary year.

Endowed global grant fund

  • $500,000 or more: You can specify up to three of the following: the district sponsor, the area of focus, the general geographic region of the project, or the type of grant activity, such as a project or scholarship.
  • $250,000 or more: You may choose up to two of the options listed above
  • $150,000 or more: You may choose one grant activity type, such as a humanitarian project, scholarship, or vocational training team.

Named endowment

If you donate $25,000 or more, you can direct the money to one of the following:

  • Area of Focus: funds global grants in one area of focus
  • World Fund: funds global grants in all areas of focus
  • SHARE: supports the World Fund and provides district designated funds to your district
  • Rotary Peace Centers: supports Rotary’s partnership with leading universities around the world to train professionals in conflict resolution, peace studies, international relations, and related disciplines

Learn more

Directed gift global grants

  • $150,000: A one-time gift that provides funding for global grants in up to two areas of focus of your choice or to a special initiative of the Foundation, such as WASH in Schools
  • $30,000: A one-time gift that provides your district with funds for one or more global grants in an area of focus of your choice
  • $15,000: A one-time gift that provides funding for a global grant in an area of focus of your choice without specifying the district that will sponsor the grant

Rotary Peace Centers endowment opportunities

  • $1.5 million: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every year
  • $1 million: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every two years
  • $1 million: Endows a visiting lecturer every year
  • $750,000: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every three years
  • $500,000: Endows a Rotary Peace fellow every four years
  • $250,000: Endows one Rotary Peace certificate fellow every year
  • $100,000: Endows an annual seminar at a Rotary Peace Center
  • $25,000 and up: Provides general support

Rotary Peace Centers directed gifts

  • $75,000: Provides funding for a Rotary Peace Fellow to complete a two-year master’s degree program
  • $75,000: Provides funding for up to 10 internships or research projects for peace fellows
  • $60,000: Provides funding for five fellows enrolled in the three-month professional development certificate program
  • $10,000: Provides general support

Rotary Peace Symposium directed gifts

  • $400,000-$500,000: Underwrites the cost of the Peace Symposium
  • $50,000-$100,000: Provides full funding for a donor-specified element of the peace symposium (speakers, Rotary Peace Fellow travel, etc.)
  • $10,000-$25,000: Provides funding for a hosted reception connected to the Peace Symposium
  • $10,000 and up: Provides general support for the Peace Symposium

Entrepreneurial named gift for peace

  • $75,000-$1 million: Funds new opportunities within Rotary’s peace programs for global grants and the Rotary Peace Centers, such as workshops and retreats, and other initiatives.