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.

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 (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.