Southtowne Rotary Foundation:
President: Steve Hutchinson
VP: Christie McDonald
Secretary: Susie Andrist
Treasurer: Ted Stevens
Directors: Gary Brown, Sam Miller, Mike Raz, Paul Riess, Kyle Williams
Scholarship Committee: Gary Brown, Co-C, Nancy Hughes, Co-C, Randy Bernstein, Lonny King, Carrie Killen, Nancy Meyer, Walt Meyer, Gerry Reicher
The Southtowne Rotary Foundation always seeks to serve
In 1997, members of the Southtowne Rotary Club who were educators saw a need for scholarship help for a group of high school students who were under served. These were academically successful students who were economically disadvantaged and often faced numerous life challenges. While wanting to go to college,they also tended to not have the very highest grade points, leaving them at a disadvantage for most scholarships.
That insight started the Southtowne Rotary Club project of funding scholarships for these under served students. Because Rotary clubs themselves are not designated as charities, the club formed the Southtowne Rotary Foundation, a 501(c)3 IRS certified charitable foundation able to accept tax deductible donations and do educational and charitable work. The foundation’s board of directors acts as an independent body responsible for the good stewardship of funds and investing them with the goal of growth to provide continuing project funding.
The first club fundraiser specifically for the scholarship program was called “SportsPlus”, then funding came from annual club auction dinner events. Additional funding was received as memorial donations. Some of the accumulated donations were used immediately for scholarships while some was invested. In addition to scholarship funding, a parking project during football season produced a pool of money that was placed in a permanent endowment fund managed by the Foundation to provide funding for club community projects.
It was the success of these efforts that led the club to secure donations to the Foundation for additional community programs. These include local community food boxes, the St. Vincent de Paul Youth House, and scholarship support for adult students at Lane Community College.
Over the years the Southtowne Rotary Foundation has provided $200,000 in scholarships and many thousands for the other community projects. Our scholarship awards are, in many ways, transformative for students, not only as a monetary boost for college costs but in the self- confidence they get from the recognition of their accomplishments.
What’s the difference between TRF and SRF?
Rotary International has always had a huge commitment to international needs in health care, education, clean water, Polio eradication, and other needs throughout the world. RI formed The Rotary Foundation (TRF) as a giving tool for those needs. Their focus remains on international programs and on their own or in partnership with other organizations, brilliant work has been done all around the globe.
Southtowne’s foundation (SRF) was founded to assist locally with education, food, and individual and family support. Our foundation also works as a giving tool where donors can make a tax-deductible gift in support of those project and donated moneys can be invested and grown to stretch further.
How you can support scholarships for students?
Southtowne Rotary Foundation’s plan is to raise $35,000 during 2022 to fund scholarships for deserving students. Here is how you can participate in the campaign:
MAKE A CHARITABLE GIFT or BEQUEST. You or someone you refer can make a charitable gift or bequest of cash, jewelry, stocks, bonds, or tangible property to the Southtowne Rotary Foundation to raise money for scholarships.
• To learn how to make a charitable gift or bequest, please contact Christie McDonald at email@example.com or 541-505-2018.
SPONSORSHIPS. A local business or an individual can make a commitment to sponsor an annual scholarship for more than one year. Sponsored scholarships can be named for the donor, as a memorial, or anonymous.
The Southtowne Rotary Foundation would especially like to award scholarships sponsored annually by a business. These could be “named” sponsorships presented yearly to a student who would become the “business name scholar.”
• To learn how to sponsor a scholarship, please contact Steve Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org 541-342-8328.
DONATE BY CHECK OR CREDIT CARD. You, your family, and friends can immediately support the scholarship program by
• Mailing a check to Southtowne Rotary Foundation at P.O. Box 5158, Eugene, OR 97405-0158. Be sure to note that your donation is for the Scholarship Program.
• Donating online here.
REFERRALS ARE NEEDED. To achieve our scholarship fundraising goal, please help us identify potential donors in the community that is part of your family, social, and professional networks.
• To make a referral, please contact one of the Foundation members listed below. Christie McDonald at email@example.com or 541-505-2018. Steve Hutchinson at firstname.lastname@example.org 541-342-8328.
Southtowne Rotary Foundation Fiscal Year 2020-21 Financial Report to the Club
The Eugene Southtowne Rotary Foundation operates on an April 1 – March 31 fiscal year. With FY 2020-21 now closed, the Foundation Board wishes to share a financial report with the membership of the Southtowne Rotary Club.
Highlights of the year include: (1) The Foundation transitioned successfully to an online accounting system – QuickBooks Online. As part of this transition, a new, more simplified chart of accounts was developed and implemented. (2) In response to the Club switching to online fundraising due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation created systems to account for online donations, many of which were restricted by donors to particular uses. (3) FY 2020-21 revenues and expenditures are summarized in the following table:
|Unrealized Investment Gains||$86,004||58%|
|Grants to Rotary Club||$41,658||28%|
The Foundation holds investments in three accounts, two of which are endowment accounts – the Local Community Services Endowment Fund and the Bruce Shaw Scholarship for Homeless Youth Endowment Fund. With endowment funds, the principle cannot be spent. Rather, it is invested to produce returns which can be used to achieve the goals of the fund.
Of the $86,004 in investment returns noted above, nearly $65,000 represented growth in the values of the Foundation’s two endowment funds.
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Southtowne’s 2020 in-person fundraiser was canceled and it is questionable whether one can be held in 2021. Traditionally, one-half of the net proceeds of the Club’s annual fundraiser is dedicated to funding scholarships. Due to the loss of this revenue source, funding for scholarships was reduced significantly in FY 2020-21 and will continue to be reduced in FY 2021-22. Scholarships for disadvantaged students have been a Club project for nearly 30 years. They have helped recipients further their educational goals and, by extension, break free from the cycle of poverty. Returning scholarship funding back to pre-pandemic levels and higher is now more important than ever. The continuing help of Club members with this important support for our community is needed. Thank you for all you do.
Questions regarding the Foundation’s finances can be directed to its Treasurer, Ted Stevens.
Bruce Shaw Scholarship
Last Updated: 11/16/22
Shaw was one of a kind. A man with a strong commitment to the things he believed in and, as we all came to know, that was most often children — it showed in his years of work with kids at the YMCA and his years with Rotary helping some of the most challenged children in our community; those who have been deeply affected by homelessness.
In 2018 (prior to his death), Southtowne Rotary and the Southtowne Rotary Foundation established a scholarship fund in his name. He was able to share with us his vision for this fund and, of course, he hoped that the focus would be to help children who had experienced homelessness reach their goal of attending college. Many Rotarians and friends of Bruce came together to contribute to the fund.
The Bruce Shaw Scholarship Fund has grown to $56,000 through careful investment of the gifts we have recieved and we are now ready to present the first scholarships which will total $6,000. There are several ways you can make your gift.
- You can send your check (note Bruce Shaw Scholarship on the check) to the Southtowne Rotary Foundation Treasurer, Ted Stevens, at P.O. Box 84, Lorane, OR 97451 or to the club’s P.O. Box.
- You can also donate through the club’s website ( on the comment line put Bruce Shaw Scholarship).
Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.