$500 – $5,000 Donation Application Process

Since 1976, the Rotary Club of Greater Bend (RCGB) has donated volunteer hours and discretionary funds to numerous local organizations and capital projects as well as exceptional worldwide programs. We focus on efforts that improve the lives of children, youth and families, particularly activities that have a lasting impact on our community. Our membership is dedicated to continuing this legacy while carefully directing our donations to worthy projects. The Donations Committee receives many requests each year from Central Oregon area nonprofit organizations. We are mindful of our approach in distributing funds raised and have prepared the following guidelines for organizations seeking donations.

Giving Budget:

Our annual member-directed donation budget is distributed through discretionary grants to support local organizations. The Donations Committee reviews requests and determines awards in the amounts of $500 – $5,000.

Donation Guidelines:

Primary interests for giving*:

  • Programs that help at-risk youth to become competent contributing members of society
  • Community service organizations that provide direct support to individuals/families in need (infants, children, people with disabilities, low-income, senior citizens)
  • Programs that support veterans

*Requests outside these areas will be considered when they meet needs within our community

General Requirements*:

  • Established, non-profit IRS tax-exempt status
  • Programs/projects or capital improvements and investments with a specific purpose and articulated outcomes
  • Programs/projects with a positive track record and a realistic opportunity for continued success
  • Programs/projects within the RCGB serving area: Bend, La Pine and Deschutes County
  • Organizations must acknowledge, support and cross-promote RCGB to build increased awareness of our efforts to support our community

*Worthy or compelling requests that don’t fit the adopted requirements may be considered

RCGB does not support:

  • Political fundraising
  • Ongoing operating expenses
  • Start-up programming
  • Fundraising events that benefit individuals
  • For-profit organizations or groups
  • Religious organizations or groups (excluding “Tree of Joy” partnership with Salvation Army)

Application Process:

Applications are reviewed quarterly on January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 15.  Questions can be sent to rotaryclubofgreaterbendoregon@gmail.com

Please click on this link to complete the online application process.