The Rotary Club of Durango Daybreak, Colorado, USA, used
DDFs for district grants to install solar lights in homes
on a Navajo reservation.
5 WAYS TO
If you had $50,000 in the bank and your
child or spouse needed money for a
lifesaving operation, would you leave
the account untouched? Of course not.
Yet every year, a large amount of District
Designated Funds (DDFs) go unused. That’s
money that could be used to improve
communities and even save lives around
These funds never expire. But by not
using them, your district misses out on
opportunities to involve members in
the life-changing work of The Rotary
Foundation and use your donors’ money
to do good in the world.
HERE ARE FIVE EXCELLENT WAYS
TO USE YOUR DDFS TO MAKE A
1. District grants — District grants fund
small-scale, short-term activities that
address needs identified by clubs in your
district. Each year, your district may request
up to half of your DDF money in a lump-sum grant to be used for district grants.
These grants are flexible. They can be used
for activities that don’t align with one of
Rotary’s areas of focus but that still fulfill
the Foundation’s mission.
2. Global grants — Did you know that
you can also use DDFs to support global
grants? These large-scale projects combine
DDFs or cash raised by sponsoring Rotary
clubs and districts with matching funds
from the Foundation. The DDFs you give
to these grants is matched 100 percent
by the World Fund, so global grants
are a powerful way to make the most
of your DDFs.
The DDFs available to your district are
based primarily on the amount that
district members have contributed to
the Annual Fund-SHARE over the past
three years. You can check your district’s
balance on My Rotary. Learn how to find
your Available DDF by District report,
which lists DDF allocations for grant
applications in every stage from draft
3. Donations to PolioPlus — Every dollar
of DDFs that your district contributes to
PolioPlus is matched 50 percent by the
World Fund, up to $5 million. In addition,
every dollar Rotary commits to polio
eradication, up to $50 million a year, is
matched 2-to- 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation. So that’s an even bigger
return on your DDFs.
Rotary Peace Fellows discuss conflict prevention and
resolution at the Rotary Peace Center at International
Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. You can use District
Designated Funds to support the six Rotary Peace Centers.
4. Contributions to the Rotary Peace
Centers — Your district can become
a Peacebuilder District by allocating a
minimum of $25,000 in DDFs to the
Rotary Peace Centers each year. Donations
fund up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellowships
5. Support of the Endowment —
Rotary’s Endowment ensures that future
Rotarians will have the resources to design
and implement sustainable projects year
after year. When you give DDFs toward one
of the six areas of focus, Rotary preserves
and invests your initial contribution while
spending a portion of its earnings. This
strategy supports Rotary’s causes today and
generates funds to further that important
work in the future.
A child is given oral polio vaccine in a displacement camp
in Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.