Have you ever wondered what the term “Annual Fund/SHARE” means, or what a Rotarian is talking about when they mention “airy”? Or, for that matter, what happens to your donation after its made?

Annual Fund-SHARE is the primary source of funding for Rotary grants, as well as a broad range of local and international Rotary Foundation activities. Rotarians know that our Foundation is supported not by club dues, but by voluntary donations from Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation.

Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY), which is usually referred to by its nickname - “airy” - is the fundraising initiative designed to encourage support for the Foundation’s Annual Fund. EREY aims to engage every Rotary club member by:

Encouraging members to contribute to the Annual Fund every year;  

Encouraging them to participate in a Foundation grant or program every year.  


Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants for projects that change lives.


At the end of every Rotary year, contributions to the Annual Fund/SHARE from all Rotary clubs in our district are directed into two funds:


Fifty percent is credited to the World Fund. The Foundation uses the World Fund portion to pay for the worldwide grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary districts.


Fifty percent is credited to the District Designated Fund. District 5020 uses the District Designated Fund portion to fund the Foundation grants and programs of its choice.


Contributions to the Annual Fund-SHARE provide District Designated Funds for the future. The Rotary Foundation’s funding cycle makes district contributions available for use three years after they are received. The three-year cycle gives the District time to plan projects and activities and allows the Foundation to invest the contributions.


The District 5020 Rotary Foundation committee decides how to use the District Designated Funds in consultation with the clubs in the district.


Districts may use up to 50 percent of their fund (which might also include spendable earnings from gifts to Endowment Fund-SHARE) for district grants; the remainder may be used for global grants or be donated to PolioPlus, Rotary Peace Centers, Endowment Fund Major Gifts Initiatives, or another district.


District Designated Funds empower our district to undertake the projects that are most important to Rotarians in our district.


On an annual basis, the President-Elect works with Club members and committees to set goals and objectives for the upcoming Rotary Year, one of which is the Club’s Annual Fund goal. The Foundation Committee tracks Club contributions during the year and keeps Club leaders and members informed of our progress towards that goal.  


In addition to SHARE, donors may direct their Annual Fund contributions directly to the World Fund or to one of the Foundation’s six areas of focus. Annual Fund contributions directed to the World Fund or an area of focus are credited toward a club’s annual giving goal and per capita giving calculations, but they do not factor into the District Designated Fund calculation.


Because Annual Fund-SHARE contributions are the primary source of funding for Foundation grants, SHARE-designated contributions from Every Rotarian, Every Year are essential to our work as Rotarians and strongly encouraged.





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