The Rotary Club of Toledo, established in May 1912, created a charitable fund by 1915, when it began funding medical and educational services directed to crippled children in the Toledo area. The charitable activities of the members of the Rotary Club of Toledo have a 100-year history!
The Toledo Rotary Club Foundation funds two types of grants: Traditional and Transformational.
Traditional grants are the most common grants funded, and typically each year the Toledo Rotary Club Foundation funds approximately $150,000 in grants. The Toledo Rotary Club Foundation funds grants exclusively to nonprofit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations.
Transformational Grants (applications not being accepted until 2018)
A Transformational Project is one that:
- Affects abroad sector of the community (local, regional or global)
- Has the overwhelming support of the Rotary Club of Toledo and has been designated and approved by the Club Board and Foundation Trustees,
- Is likely to be a multi-year commitment and
- Has sustainable goad of making a significant, long-term, positive impact.
Since our 2012 Centennial the Toledo Rotary Club Foundation has funded 110 non-profit groups for a total of $692,583.16. Last year alone the Foundation funded 27 grants totaling $197,998.15!
Ongoing funding for the Toledo Rotary Club Foundation comes from Rotarians and community members. These dollars go directly to the charitable gifts the Foundation awards throughout the year. Over $150,000 is awarded annually through grants.
To donate to the Toledo Rotary Club Foundation, click here.
2017-2018 1st Cycle Grants Awarded
Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo—$5,400 for purchasing 20 replacement mattresses, protector pads and bedding for La Posada Family Emergency Shelter.
Kids Against Hunger Food Pack—$7,500 for purchasing and packing 25,000 nutritious meals to be given to impoverished children and families.
Zoo Day—$3,081.15 for Zoo Day with Glendale Feilbach School and St. Francis Interact students. The grant provided a day of fun, t-shirts and lunch at the Toledo Zoo.
International Service Fellowship—$5,000 to subsidize costs to participate in a hands-on international Rotary project, or to visit a Toledo Rotary grant project reviewed by the International Service committee.
UT Foundation—Engineers Without Borders Irkaswaa Water Project—$10,000 for the development of a well, construction of a generator storage house, standpipes for water access, and troughs to water animals in Irkaswaa, Kenya which suffers from an extreme water crises.
565 Academy—$3,000 to pay the $150 per child for a one hour gym class and one hour swimming class every Friday for the school year, for children whose families are not able to afford the cost.
Toledo Rep Theatre – $6,800
UT Foundation Harmful Algae Project—$10,000 for the College of Engineers to develop an unmanned boat to monitor and collect harmful algae in Lake Erie.
2017-2018 2nd Cycle Grants Awarded
Prevent Blindness Ohio—$2,7000, to increase their capacity and number of vision screenings by 20%.
Reentry Coalition of NW Ohio, Inc—$10,000, to pay for bus passes, birth certificates, state ID’s, rental deposits and utility deposits for program participants who were formerly incarcerated.
Remembrance, Inc—$3,423, to place stones in Point Place Military Memorial Pathway from all the wars with Lucas County residents who died in battle.
Toledo Society for the Blind, The Sight Center—$3,350, for purchasing heavy-duty bariatric and standard chairs for 5 areas of their facility.
Pure Water for Limonade, Haiti—$10,000, to provide 100 homes and 500 individuals with in-home water treatment, sanitation and hygiene training for all families, community-selected Community Agents, and a water & sanitation & hygiene program in local schools.
Father’s Rights Organization—$5,285, for car seats and educational materials for single fathers.
Girl Scouts of Western Ohio—$10,000, to support their outreach program which will benefit 2,500 at-risk girls in Lucas County.
Historic South Initiative—$10,000, for their academic supplemental-education program to help children with homework, math, language-arts, self-discipline, and character development.
Tree Planting with the Black Swamp Conservancy—$7,500, to partner with the Black Swamp Conservancy to plant trees to meet RI President, Ian Riseley’s challenge.
2017-2018 3rd Cycle Grants Awarded
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association – $5,000 for CPR kits for schools.
Lutheran Social Services of NW Ohio – $10,000 for a new vehicle for their Meals on Wheels program.
St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church – $10,000 to replace old and outdated kitchen and appliances for their Cindy’s Corner Ministry.
Toledo Community Service Center dba Family House – $10,000 to replace mattresses at the Family House shelter.
Serenity Farm Equestrian Center – $4,000 for their Hippotherapy and Therapeutic Riding programs.
Rotary Club of Kootenai Valley – $6,000 for the Pasac Water Project in Pasac, Solala Guatemala.
Rotary District 6600 – $10,000 for a Rotary International Global Grant to improve maternal health in Mongolia.
Winebrenner Theological Seminary – $10,000 for providing two members of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance of Toledo with pastoral care training.
Mareda, Inc.- $9,959 for it’s L.I.F.E. summer camp which provides at-risk students with STEM-based learning over the summer months.
Partners in Education – $10,000 for their Middle School College and Career Readiness program to help students grades 5-8 with career education, goal setting and character building to deal with adversity.
Toledo Rotary Club Foundation Officers and Trustees 2018-2019
- Chair: Kathy Mikolajczak
- Vice Chair: Eric Fankhauser
- Sec-Treasurer: Brian Kennedy
- Trustee: Tom Backoff
- Trustee: Louise Jackson
- Trustee: Judith Leb
- Trustee: Mary Mancini
- Trustee: Gary Murphy
- Trustee: Chuck Stocking