India’s Giving to Rotary Foundation Rises Dramatically

  • From large-scale community development projects to polio eradication, Indian Rotarians are improving people’s lives on a broad front through their support for The Rotary Foundation.
  • In the past three years, India has moved from ninth to fourth in per country total giving to the Foundation worldwide.
  • In 2004, Harshad R. Mehta, of the Rotary Club of Bombay Metropolitan, and his wife, Naina, became charter members of the Arch C. Klumph Society.
  • Named after the founder of The Rotary Foundation, the society honors Major Donors who contribute US$250,000 or more.
  • In 2006, the Mehtas made a $1 million gift to the Foundation, the first donors from their country to surpass that milestone of support.
  • In December, they committed to giving $2 million over the next three years to Rotary’s US$100 Million Challenge for polio eradication.
  • Harshad Mehta is chair of the United Arab Emirates operations of Rosy Blue, a family-owned international jewelry business.
  • He believes strongly in giving back locally and in the global community.
  • Of the push to end polio, he says, “We must further strengthen our resolve, as we are so close to the ultimate goal.”
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