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Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation

Club Est. 1922, Foundation Est. 1972

Our Beginnings

The Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation was founded by the Rotary Club of Santa Monica in 1972 under the leadership of Aubrey E. Austin, Jr., Gerald Jennings and Ralph Kiewet to mark the club's 50th anniversary.  The members' goal was to raise $50,000 in time for the February 1972 birthday celebration and begin a program to help deserving nonprofit organizations in the Santa Monica Bay Area through foundation grants.  With the combined effort of our trustees and club members and the generosity of many in the community, our goal was achieved. 

The Foundation grew slowly and assisted our community's finest organizations.  A generous estate gift contributed significantly to the corpus of the Foundation.  In 1997, under the leadership of the club's 75th birthday chairman, Richard J. Rice, M.D., pledges and gifts from more than 65 percent of the club's members further expanded the assets.

What We Have Accomplished

Since 1972, more than $425,000, derived solely from the earnings of the corpus, has been distributed to 30 local charities and nonprofit organizations.  We have played a role in bettering our community in small and large ways, from dental clinic equipment to chemistry lab equipment for high schools, computers for the elderly, VCRs for hospital patients, vehicles for the Red Cross, a fork lift for the Westside Food Bank, to remodeling the kitchen at the Salvation Army. Funds are provided for capital improvement projects and equipment, not for operational expenses. 

Click here for a Capital Improvement Project Grant Application Form

The Foundation is administered by nine trustees, all members of the Santa Monica Rotary Club.  Our Santa Monica Rotary Club Foundation is not related in any way to the Rotary International Foundation, which is funded by Rotarians throughout the world via the Paul Harris Fellowship program.

How You Can Help

We rely on contributions and encourage you to make us a regular part of your charitable giving at any time.  Please think of us as a way of honoring a loved one who has departed; we will send a special card to the person you designate apprising them of your gift (without mention of the amount) as well as a letter of acknowledgement to you.  Or you can honor an individual on a birthday, anniversary, or any special occasion and they will be similarly recognized.  Recommending a gift to the Foundation in lieu of flowers or gifts is another way you can help.

All gifts are tax deductible and do much to help our Santa Monica Bay community.  All that, and we do the hard work to research and evaluate the beneficiaries of your generosity!