The Rotary Foundation relies on contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary around the world, and it recognises their giving at different levels. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000.  By 2006 over one million people had been recognised as Paul Harris Fellows.
The Paul Harris Fellow is named after the founder of Rotary, and it was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Individuals who make a commitment to contribute US$1,000 every year are recognised as Paul Harris Society members, and once their giving reaches US$10,000 they are recognised as a major donor.
In most of the Rotary world, contributions to the Rotary Foundation come predominantly from generous individual Rotarians. Here in New Zealand over 80% of the giving to the Rotary Foundation comes from club fundraising, so it is the club that receives the recognition for the giving. Clubs in turn can pass on that recognition to individual Rotarians and non-Rotarians doing great things in Rotary or their communities, by naming them as Paul Harris Fellows for their services.
Over the years many notable people around the world and in New Zealand have been named Paul Harris Fellows, $US1,000 having been given to the Rotary Foundation in their name.