Paul Harris Fellow

Multiple Paul Harris Fellow

Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin.

Become a Paul Harris Fellow

Simply mail the completed contribution form (PDF) with your check.

Read more about the Donor Recognition Awards. It provides more information about this special program, including its history and guidelines. Learn more about donor recognition totals for this and other recognition programs.

Gifts of more than $2,000

For gifts of $2,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow is eligible for

  • Recognition as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
  • Option to honor someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow with their Foundation recognition points (formerly called “available credit”)
  • Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin with additional stones
Recognition levels are based on the following guidelines:
Recognition Total
       Pin Level
US$2,000 to 2,999.99   one sapphire
3,000 to 3,999.99   two sapphires
4,000 to 4,999.99   three sapphires
5,000 to 5,999.99   four sapphires
6,000 to 6,999.99   five sapphires
7,000 to 7,999.99   one ruby
8,000 to 8,999.99   two rubies
9,000 to 9,999.99   three rubies


Replacing Recognition Items

You may replace a recognition pin or other recognition item by filling out the Recognition Replacement Form (PDF) and sending it to The Rotary Foundation. For Rotarians outside of the United States, contact the closest Rotary International office.

Make Someone Else a Paul Harris Fellow

Friends, family, spouses, and colleagues make so many valuable contributions to your life. You can give back by donating $1,000 to the Foundation’s Annual Share Fund in their honor, which will earn them Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.

You also may give another person recognition points, which are awarded for contributions to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the sponsor portion of a Foundation grant. One Foundation recognition point will be given for every U.S. dollar contributed to these funds, which can then be extended to others to help them become a Paul Harris Fellow. Donors will no longer need to be a Paul Harris Fellow themselves before Foundation recognition points are awarded.

Points may only be transferred in transactions of 100 points or more, and individual donors will be the only ones authorized to transfer points from their individual accounts. Club presidents and district governors may no longer authorize point transfers for other individuals, but they may continue to authorize transfers from their club or district accounts. Individual points will expire upon the death of the donor, or the death of the surviving spouse of a Major Donor. (Major Donors have contributed US$10,000 or more to the Foundation.)

Donors who are already Paul Harris Fellows become Multiple Paul Harris Fellows with an additional contribution of $1,000 or if 1,000 points are added to their account. To transfer points, use the Recognition Transfer Request form (PDF).

Find out about how your club can become a 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club. See a list of District 5840 clubs that are certified as 100% Paul Harris Fellow Clubs.

For more information

Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow Recognition through the Foundation’s Contact Center at 1-866-9ROTARY (1-866-976-8279) or A team of Foundation specialists will answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time.