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Written by Rotaractors from the district 7040   
Sunday, 19 October 2008 13:10

 If you have tried to directly run your own international projects instead of just signing a cheque to your usual cause, you know just what a challenge it can be to pick appropriate international projects and fundraise for it.  Typical problems include members not feeling particularly strong about any given project, lack of commitment to follow-through with project, difficulty in collaborating with other organizations, and designing the fundraising project itself. 

 The Rotaractors ofdistrict 7040 have put together a series of recommendations to keep in mind when undertaking an international project.

How to choose an organization or a project?

  • You can try picking an already Rotary-Affiliated project (Rotary has a database online for world community service and every district also has a world community service district committee for rotary clubs -- you're welcome to show up one time to see what projects are out there)
  •  Tied into theme or current event (Rotary Theme of the year, current wars or disasters in the world, "month of literacy/black heritage/etc.")
  • When you visit new countries, drop by Rotaract clubs while there or go out and discover the city with Rotaractors or Rotarians.  Later, you can use those friendships and experiences to inspire you in finding appropriate club projects as your friends from abroad can tell you their needs and you may relate to them better.

Size and number of events

  • Defined by your Rotaract's group size and dynamic
  • Strong core vs small and inconsistent membership


  • Look for local or campus groups geared specifically towards your cause.  This may help you get more knowledge and insight into the cause you are getting into and helps your club get more well known throughout your community.
  • Beware of just outsourcing your club to another club ;  your members should work a cause THEY want to achieve, and it can be done in collaboration with other clubs on campus.  But members will find it difficult to simply fundraise for a cause and give a cheque to another club on campus that already runs its own fundraisers and just wants to add this cheque to their account.  In contrast, invite other campus clubs to collaborate with a joint-committee, making it a collaborative effort on both sides.
  • Help with attendance and awareness of the events.   

Contact with organizations

  • Discuss before you start
  • Get those organizations involved in what you're doing
  • Make sure to follow up to see the results and differences you've made : a very rewarding part :)
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