Arch Klumph Society

What is the Arch Klumph Society?

Named after the sixth president of Rotary, the Arch Klumph Society was established to acknowledge and recognize The Rotary Foundation's highest tier of donors — those who have contributed $250,000 or more during their lifetime.

Membership in the Arch Klumph Society is lifelong. Along with recognition pins and pendants, members receive several other benefits commensurate with their generosity.


Each member has the opportunity to have his or her portrait placed in the Arch Klumph Society Gallery, located on the 17th floor of Rotary International World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Portraits are etched on glass plaques, which are back-lit to create a stunning display of our Foundation's most valued supporters.


Society members can choose to be inducted in one of several ways: at a special two-day ceremony at Rotary International World Headquarters, with other inductees; at a ceremony planned with local Rotary leaders during a Rotary institute; or at a special dinner during the Rotary International Convention.

Arch Klumph Society recognition levels

$250,000-: Centennial Family Circle

$250,000-$499,999: Trustees Circle

$500,000-$999,999: Chair's Circle

$1,000,000-$2,499,999: Foundation Circle

$2,500,000-$4,999,999: Platinum Trustees Circle

$5,000,000-$9,999,999: Platinum Chair's Circle

$10,000,000-: Platinum Foundation Circle

Arch Klumph Society Centennial Family Circle

The Rotary Foundation is celebrating 100 years of doing good. During this centennial year, Arch Klumph Society members who give $250,000 or more can honor a family member as part of the Arch Klumph Society Centennial Family Circle. Children, grandchildren, parents, siblings, and grandparents are eligible. The gift must be made between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017; prior contributions are not counted.

Arch Klumph Society Centennial Family Circle honorees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Their portraits and names added to the Arch Klumph Society kiosk at Rotary International World Headquarters
  • Their names listed in Arch Klumph Society publications
  • An Arch Klumph Society pin or pendant
  • Access to the Arch Klumph Society lounge at the Rotary International Convention

What your giving supports

Your giving promotes peace, fights disease, provides clean water, saves mothers and children, supports education, and grows local economies through grants that:

  • Bring peacebuilding seminars to 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda.
  • Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali.
  • Train teachers who are establishing an early-childhood education center in South Africa.
  • Provide water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India.
  • Fund a scholarship for a medical professional to research ways to minimize mortality rates among premature babies in Italy.
  • Protect children around the world from polio.

History of the Arch Klumph Society

Arch C. Klumph joined the Rotary Club of Cleveland, Ohio, USA, in 1911 and was the 1916-17 Rotary president. Addressing the 1917 convention in Atlanta, Georgia, he eloquently promoted the idea of "endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world."

That year, the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, made the first gift, of $26.50, to the fledgling fund. When the endowment had grown significant enough to require administrators to manage it, The Rotary Foundation was born, and Klumph was selected as one of its first trustees.

The Arch Klumph Society was created in 2004, during Rotary International's centennial celebration, as a meaningful way to recognize the Foundation's highest-level donors. The society's first dinner was held the following year. Today, members' portraits, engraved in glass plaques, hang in the Arch Klumph Society Gallery at Rotary International World Headquarters.

Resources & reference

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