Salem Rotary Foundation

About The Salem Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Club of Salem established Salem Rotary Foundation (SRF) as a 501©(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization in 1969. The purpose of SRF is to benefit the health, education and general welfare, principally of young people in the Salem area by awarding grants to local nonprofit organizations that focus on such programs.

Annually, the permanent investment fund disburses 5 percent of the average of the previous four year’s ending balances to the Rotary Club of Salem which, in turn, identifies projects and non-profit organizations to support. Since 2000, SRF has awarded 116 grants to 50 Salem area non–profits. To learn more about the organizations with which we’ve been honored to partner, click here.

In 2010, the Foundation Board set a goal to grow the permanent investment fund to $1 million by 2020. The Foundation is well on its way to meeting this goal.

Through the SRF Circle of Giving we recognize individuals who provide gifts or bequests to the Foundation. Cumulative donor levels are: Benefactor – $25,000 or more; Gold – $5,001 to $24,999; Silver – $2,501 to $5,000; Bronze – $501 to $2,500; Sustainers – up to $500; and Legacy – SRF named in will, other estate documents or as a beneficiary of a financial account.


The Foundation Receives Support From

Annual dinner and auction
Fall social gathering/fundraiser
Speaker recognition
Gifts and contributions
Earnings on permanent investment fund


Salem Rotary Foundation Board of Directors

Rus McCracken, President
Tim Nissen, Secretary/Treasurer
Jayne Downing, Past President
Larry Konick
Barry Nelson
Linda Norris
Doug Parham


SRF Board Meeting Dates

The Foundation meets on the third Wednesday of each month, 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, usually at Capital Financial Planners at 1640 Liberty St. SE. Club members are welcome to attend.



Donations can be made with credit card or PayPal by clicking here, or by contacting Tim Nissen. Those who wish to make a regular, periodic gift to the foundation can do so in two different ways.

Credit card charge – the club treasurer will take your credit card information and charge the card the amount you want on the timeline you choose.

Checking account – you can work with your financial institution’s “bill pay” program to transmit a gift to the foundation on the timeline you choose.


Salem Rotary Foundation Bylaws

Click here to read the SRF Bylaws.



Tim Nissen, Secretary/Treasurer
PO Box 3981, Salem, OR, 97302

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