Paul Harris Fellow

A Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) Award is the highest honor that Rotary can bestow on an individual.  Named after Paul Harris' founder of Rotary in 1905 in Chicago, the award is available to Rotarians and non-Rotarians who demonstrate the high professional and personal standards exemplified by Paul Harris.  The award is given by The Rotary Foundation in recognition of substantial and exemplary community service in support of Rotary ideas. The award is also available to individuals who make substantial financial contributions to Rotary Foundation.

Paul Harris Fellow Levels

$1,000 - Commemorative pin
$2,000 to 2,999.99 - one sapphire
3,000 to 3,999.99 - two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99 - three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99 - four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99 - five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99 - one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99 - two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99 - three rubies

The Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society is a special recognition program designed for Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.

The first Paul Harris Society was established in 1998 in District 5340 (California, USA) by District Governor Wayne C. Cusick. The idea gained momentum and quickly spread to other districts throughout the world. The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation officially approved the Paul Harris Society as a district-administered recognition program effective 1 July 2006.

The White Hat Society

Membership requires a donation of $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation in a single Rotary Year, but NOT every year. The intention is that this is a new contribution and does not involve existing “Points.” In addition, a member must recruit one other Rotarian to join the Society. There is recognition for subsequent donations, and a donation of $25,000 results in a Lifetime Award.  Donations are made to the Rotary Foundation directly.


White Hat Society Levels

Membership in this society requires a donation to the Rotary Foundation of $5,000 US in a single Rotary year.  For each subsequent $5,000 donation a new pin/level is earn.
Level 1 - Charter Membership
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
Level 5 - Lifetime Award
Level 6 - Ascendant Membership
Level 7 - Lone Star Membership
Level 8 - Diamondhead Membership
Level 9 - Kona Membership
Level 10 - Golden Gate Membership

Bequest Society

Individuals or couples who notify The Rotary Foundation of their commitment to include future gifts to the Foundation of $10,000 or more in their estate plans are invited to join the Bequest Society.


Bequest Society Levels

$10,000: Bequest Society pin and an exclusive art piece suitable for framing
$25,000: Rotary’s Promise crystal and named endowed fund, plus all of the above
$50,000: Separate named endowed funds directed to two areas of focus or districts, plus all of the above
$100,000: Customized Rotary’s Promise crystal, plus all of the above
$250,000: Posthumous induction into the Arch Klumph Society, plus all of the above
$500,000: Special seating and registration benefits at the Rotary International Convention, plus all of the above


Major Donor

The Rotary Foundation recognizes individuals or couples whose combined giving has reached $10,000, regardless of the gift designation. This recognition level can be achieved only through personal contributions and not through recognition points. Major Donors may elect to receive a crystal recognition piece and pin(s) commemorating the gift at each new recognition level.


Major Donar Levels

Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999

Arch Klump Society

Donors who contribute $250,000 or more become members of the Arch Klumph Society. Portraits, biographies, and, in some cases, video clips are housed in the digital Arch Klumph Gallery on the 17th floor of Rotary International World Headquarters; another digital gallery travels to Rotary events around the world. Members also receive lapel pins and pendants, signed certificates, and invitations to the society’s exclusive events, held worldwide.


Arch Klump Society Levels

Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above


A Benefactor is an individual who notifies The Rotary Foundation of a commitment for future gifts to the Endowment of $1,000 or who makes an outright gift of $1,000 or more to the Endowment. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to be worn with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.