Most service projects are planned by one of three committees: Community Service, International Service, and Vocational Service and New Generations. Projects can be “hands on” like our Adopt–A–Highway volunteers or “grant making” when we select projects to support with financial contributions. Sometimes Rotarians actively participate in a project and also make financial contributions.
Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club Foundation
Like many Rotary Clubs, Evanston Lighthouse has a club foundation that raises money for service projects. Our largest fundraiser is the Holiday Sale in November and December. Club members sell fruit, flowers, hams, pecans, and other products to friends, neighbors, and business contacts. Another source of revenue is contributions. The club foundation’s tax status as a 501 (c) (3) organization enables donors to make tax deductible contributions. The relationship between the Rotary Club and the club foundation is similar to the relationship between Rotary International, with about 33,000 member Rotary Clubs, and The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). Large international projects like polio eradication, Ambassadorial Scholarships, and Humanitarian Grants are financed largely by contributions from Rotarians. Every club member is asked to support both the fundraising events for the club foundation, and contribute to the Annual Programs Fund of The Rotary Foundation.