The Bradford Rotary Foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization approved by the IRS to function as a public charity and all donations are tax deductible.
The Foundation is fully committed to the principles, ideals and interests of Rotary, yet its governance is independent of the local and international organizations. Members of the Foundation's Board of Directors are both local Rotarians and non-Rotarians, making the Foundation a true community-functioning and -orienting body.
The bylaws of the Foundation establish its purpose: To receive and allocate resources that serve to enhance excellence and to be of mutual benefit to the organization and community which it serves throughout the Bradford Area, with enhancements of the disabled, education, and the arts.
The idea behind the Foundation is to generate donations from Rotarians, non-Rotarians, and grant-making entities. The Foundation can enhance through donations local Club initiatives, but not fund the Club directly. And of course, the Foundation may initiative scholarships and/or projects of its own creativity.
Donations may be made in a number of forms, such as restricted or unrestricted donations of cash, securities, and the like, as well as such donations through living and/or deceased bequests. Donations are to be offered to the Foundation's directors who, in turn, will discuss the donation with the donor(s) and provide both investment and allocation advice. In many instances, donations are preferred to be perpetuated through income from interest for lifetime allocation, or to be allocated in lump-sum payment. All decisions on donation allocations are made in full consultation with the donor(s) and the directors.
Charter directors of the Bradford Rotary Foundation are: William Chapman, George Evans (acting executive secretary), Ralph Detweiler, Mary Ellen Eddy, K. James Evans, Richard McDowell, Paul Ridley, David Sheneman.
Inquiries may be made of any of the directors by personal phone or by
emails, or by postal mail at P.O. Box 223, Bradford, PA 16701.