PURPOSE
The Rotary Club of Haddonfield Foundation provides financial assistance to accomplished students with financial need in Haddonfield and nearby communities who are planning to further their education in a university, college, vocational, or other tertiary setting.  The Foundation also provides support to charitable tax exempt organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation based on established criteria.     

The Foundation was incorporated in 2001 as a New Jersey nonprofit corporation to be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

PERMANENT FUND
The permanent fund is sustained by contributions from members of the Rotary Club of Haddonfield Foundation and other generous donors.

Often contributions are made in honor of, or in memory of, Rotarians and their family members. A major donation by the children of Clay Morrell, a former member of the Club who served as president in the early 1980s, led to the awarding of a number of scholarships for achievement in the arts. Bill Garwood, a devoted member of the Club, contributed funds for a scholarship for a student wishing to pursue a career in science; donations to the William and Betty Garwood Scholarship Fund after Bill died enabled several additional scholarships to be awarded. Rotarian Bob Pluese and his wife made a substantial donation to the Foundation specifically to recognize the achievements of students pursuing vocational careers. A donation in memory of Judy Bean, sponsored by Rotarian Henry Bean and his family, funds scholarships for achievement in piano performance.  Scholarships in Engineering will be awarded in memory of Kenneth Hagerman, and are funded by donations by his family.

Since the Foundation is operated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, gifts to the Foundation may be deductible for income-tax purposes.

MANAGEMENT
The affairs of the Foundation are managed by a Board of Trustees whose members are all members of the Rotary Club of Haddonfield. The current officers are Karen Hagerman (Chair), Nick Nicolay (Vice-Chairman), Sharon Reel (Secretary), and Gerry Nanos (Treasurer).  Vin Parker is the Administrator.  Service organization grant applications are welcome each year by November 1st or March 1st, for consideration by the Foundation's Grants Committee.  

SCHOLARSHIPS
The Foundation made its first awards – four scholarships of $1,000 each – in June 2002. Over the years, the number of scholarships awarded each year and the amount of the annual award have increased steadiy.  To date (October 2017), the Foundation has awarded 103 scholarships with a total value of $193,000.

Scholarship applications are invited annually beginning in January; academic and arts scholarships are awarded during an event hosted by the Rotary Club of Haddonfield in the spring of each year.  2017 awards were presented on April 23, 2017.  The application deadline for 2018 is March 15, 2018.

APPLICATIONS
The application form for 2018 is now available.  To download the academic and arts scholarship application form, click here.
 
To download information about the Alice Downs Scholarship for Young Violinists, click here.
 
GIFTS AND BEQUESTS
The ability of the Foundation to award meaningful scholarships and grants to service organizations with important missions depends entirely upon its success in its annual fundraising. Contributions in the form of unrestricted gifts and memorial donations are most welcome. Since the Foundation is operated under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, gifts to the Foundation may be deductible for income-tax purposes.

Those wishing to discuss potential contributions or bequests should contact Karen Hagerman, Chair of the Foundation, at 856-428-1999.
 
Contributions may be mailed to:
Rotary Club of Haddonfield Foundation
PO Box 383, Haddonfield NJ 08033