Rotary International has officially announced the 100 districts selected for the Future Vision Plan pilot, which will test a new, streamlined Rotary Foundation grant structure – and our district is on the list.

District applications went through a careful and rigorous review process. Foundation Trustee Chair Jonathan Majiyagbe and General Secretary Ed Futa selected the pilot districts on behalf of the Foundation's Board of Trustees. Participation in the pilot requires a firm, three-year commitment from the district. Once a district enters the pilot, it cannot withdraw.

District selection was based on a number of factors, including:

  • Geographic distribution
  • Size, both in terms of number of clubs and number of Rotarians
  • Participation in the current Foundation program structure
  • Strength of district leadership and committee structure
  • Potential for hosting humanitarian projects, scholars, and vocational training teams (based upon development needs and institutions for higher learning or vocational training)
  • Tiers of Annual Programs Fund  giving
  • Handling of stewardship matters
  • Number of low-income countries

Efforts were made to statistically mirror the larger Rotary world. For example, 31 percent of all Rotary districts are in the United States, compared to 28 percent of the pilot districts. Latin America has 15 percent of the districts worldwide and 18 percent of the pilot districts. Close percentage comparisons can be drawn in each of the other selection criteria as well. Such a representative sample will ensure that a diverse range of issues are addressed during the pilot and that the positive outcomes can be replicated when all districts are participating in the new model.