Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into Ambassadorial Scholarships, Matching Grants, Group Study Exchanges, and other Foundation program awards and activities, and the Foundation Trustees involve Rotarians worldwide in the decision-making process for Foundation programs. No other foundation gives its donors as much freedom to decide how contributions are spent.
At the end of every Rotary year, contributions to the Annual Programs Fund from all of the Rotary clubs in a district are divided into two funds:
- World Fund
- District Designated Fund (DDF)
The SHARE Committee makes allocation decisions for the District Designated Funds (DDF) available from The Rotary Foundation on an annual basis. The SHARE Committee will first determine the percentage of DDF to be allocated to the District Grants versus Global Grants. The maximum percentage DDF allowed by The Rotary Foundation policy for District Grants is 50%.
The SHARE Committee along with the District Grants Service Chair and the District Grants Coordinator, reviews and determines awards for club District Grant applications. The result of this process becomes the annual District Spending Plan which is submitted to The Rotary Foundation by the District Rotary Foundation Chair for approval prior to release of DDF for the year. The goal is to agree upon and submit the Spending Plan by the 15th of July in each Rotary year.
The SHARE Committee shall consist of the District Rotary Foundation Chair, District Governor, the District Governor-Elect, and the District Governor Nominee.