Any person who makes a contribution of $1,000 (or has that amount contributed in his or her name) to the Rotary Foundation can become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin, and a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition when their cumulative giving reaches US $1,000.
For additional gifts totaling US $1,000 or more, a Paul Harris Fellow:
- is recognized as a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow
- may also choose to honor someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow with his or her Foundation Recognition Points, formerly called “available credit”
- is eligible to receive a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin with additional stones.
Mississippi is a leader in support for the Rotary Foundation. Al Brush of the Rotary Club of Laurel, Mississippi, became the first Paul Harris Fellow in 1957. In 2006, the number of Paul Harris Fellows worldwide exceeded 1 million.