The Foundation of the Rotary Club of Honolulu

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A Brief History of the Foundation of the Rotary Club of Honolulu

The Foundation of the Rotary Club of Honolulu was founded during the Presidency of John Warren in January of 1978. It was formed as a Hawaii non-profit corporation and by 1979, had qualified as a tax-exempt organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The purpose of forming the Club’s Foundation was to provide a vehicle by which members of the Club could make tax-deductible contributions to support local projects of the Club. It was designed then and remains today to be complementary to the Foundation of Rotary International. Club members are encouraged to make donations to both Foundations.

Initially the Board of Directors of the Club Foundation was comprised of the same individuals who served as the members of the Board of Directors of the Club; however, in December of 2003, that was changed so that each Board is now elected by the membership of the Club. To distinguish the two Boards from one another, the Foundation’s Board renamed as a Board of Trustees. 

There are two separate funds within the Club’s Foundation. The first is the John Warren Fund all of which is available to support Club projects on a current basis. It is so named to honor the Club President during whose tenure the Foundation came into being. The second is the Maile Hale Fund which is an endowment fund, the income of which is available to support Club projects. This Fund is named in honor of Maile Hale, the daughter of Past President Rob Hale and his late wife CarolAnn. Maile died in the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Until December of 2003 the Presidents of the Foundation were the Club Presidents. See the Foundation Trustee tabe for a listing of the members of the Club who have served as Foundation President since that time.