Our Foundation

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

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 84 non-profit groups for a total of $494,585.01.  Last year alone the Foundation funded 26 grants totaling $154,246!

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.
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.

2016-17 3rd Cycle Grants Awarded

Aurora Project – $4,475 – Purchase of commercial grade freezer and 2 ZappBug Ovens
Heartbeat of Toledo – $6,750 – Purchase curriculum to teach and inform young low- income pregnant women
Hospice of NW Ohio – $10,000 – Replace sanitation pumps
Hospital Council of NW OH – $10,000 – Expand program offering prenatal care for those unable to afford it themselves to prevent infant mortality
Nature’s Nursery – $8,000 – Construct and renovate outdoor wildlife rehabilitation and Education Animal Ambassador enclosures.
Easter Seals Northern Ohio – $2,720.45 – Purchase games and educational items tailored to individuals for speech and language program to help identify, diagnose and treat children at risk for communication disorders.
Josina Lott – $5,199.85 – replace furniture in great room at Adult Habilitations Program
Sunshine Foundation – $10,000 – Purchase transportation for individuals with developmental disabilities
MESA – $10,000 –  Warehouse Day 10/21
SSFAC – $10,000 – improve academic performance of 30-40 immigrant & refugee school age students with Student Homework Help
Goodwill Industries of NW OH – $9,970 – hiring disabled individuals for lawn care and janitorial services.
Good Grief of NW OH – $2,100 – Purchase musical instruments for program to deal with grief
Monroe Street Neighborhood Center – $10,000 – Monroe Street Freedom School – 6 week summer reading program for children at risk
Toledo School for the Arts – $9,952 – purchase 3 electronic pianos


Toledo Rotary Club Foundation Officers and Trustees 2017-2018

  • Chair: Louise Jackson
  • Vice Chair: Kathy Mikolajczak
  • Sec-Treasurer: Gary Murphy
  • Trustee: Tom Backoff
  • Trustee: Carol Bintz
  • Trustee: Eric Fankhauser
  • Trustee: Judith Leb
  • Trustee: Mary Mancini
  • Trustee: Chuck Stocking