The helping hand of the Dublin Worthington Rotary Club Foundation has profoundly touched many families and individuals in need.



The Mission

Disaster can strike anyone, anywhere, yet many people consider themselves immune. Many years ago there was no local source of funds to assist residents of the Dublin and Worthington areas who suffer hardships or loss resulting from a disaster, personal crisis or catastrophic illness. In 1988, the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation was organized to fulfill this perceived need.

Since then, the activities of the Foundation have been expanded to include serving as a tax-exempt repository for specific emergency or charitable causes.

The Organization

The Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees, which includes members from the community as well as from the Dublin Worthington Rotary Club. The Foundation is a charitable public foundation, and has been approved as a tax-exempt trust by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Annual reports and financial
statements are available upon request.

The Helping Hand

The Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation will assist an individual, family, charitable cause or organization in need of financial assistance for medical expenses due to catastrophic illness or for the hardships of other personal crisis. The Foundation offers the community an opportunity to reach out to others and provides a vehicle for the accumulation and investment of funds to be used for the betterment of the community. Assistance can be in cash, or service-in-kind provided by Rotary Club members, friends, other volunteers and business associates.

The helping hand of the Dublin Worthington Rotary Club Foundation has profoundly touched many families and individuals in need, including:

  • Helping locate and acquire permanent housing for two families living in their cars
  • Helping the victims of residential fires and area flooding
  • Providing money for food and other essentials for an immigrant family
  • Purchasing grave marker for deceased child of indigent parents
  • Providing funds for hearing machine for hearing impaired, at-risk student
  • Providing voice activated computer for children’s book author with neuromuscular paralysis


Contributions to the Foundation can be made in several ways and can be applied to the Foundation’s project in general or designated for a particular cause:

Cash Donations

Contributions to the Foundation may be made by check payable to the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 181, Worthington, Ohio 43085.

Planned Gifts

Trusts and annuities can be used as planned contributions. For more information on the specifics of these gifts, please contact any Trustee of the Foundation, or write to the Dublin Worthington Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 181, Worthington, Ohio 43085. Matching Gifts

Many companies foster their employees’ involvement in community services by matching their charitable contributions. To find out if your company matches contributions, please contact the personnel office where you work. Or if your company needs more information about matching gifts, please contact the Foundation, P.O. Box 181, Worthington, Ohio 43085.

Memorial Gifts

Contributions of any type can be made in the memory of or in recognition of a loved one.

Procedures for Grant Applications

Applications for a grant from the Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation should include the following information:

  • Name, address and telephone number of the applicant and the name of a contact person
  • A description of the need for the grant
  • A listing of how the funds will be used
  • Other available sources of funds

Application guidelines may be obtained from Foundation Trustees or Rotary Club Member and should be submitted to: Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Foundation, P.O Box 181, Worthington, Ohio 43085

When time is of the essence, requests for emergency assistance can be made directly to any Foundation Trustee or any member of the Dublin Worthington Rotary Club. For names and telephone numbers of the officers of the foundation or the club, call (614) 436-1940.

Applicants will be notified of the Foundation’s decision concerning each grant request.


Tom Reis*, Chairperson
Dick Byrd, Vice Chairperson
Jerry Katz*, Treasurer
Doug Southgate*, Secretary

John Bader*
Craig Belair
Sherri Berridge
Jim Farmer*
Alan Grossman*
Heather Heims
Connie Hendren*
Dave King*
Jim Miller*
Shanley O’Neil
Robert Oppenheimer

* Dublin-Worthington Rotary Club Member

The Rotary Foundation transforms donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. During the past 100 years, the Foundation has spent $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Donations make a difference to those who need help most. More than 90 percent of donations go directly to supporting Rotary service projects around the world.

Rotary’s 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable service projects dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships,
improve lives and create a better world to support Rotary’s peace efforts and end polio forever.

  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation,and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies

The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The operations of Rotary International, a member organization, are overseen by its Board of Directors.