The Rotary Club of Traverse Bay Sunrise Foundation was formed in May 2002 as a 501(c)3 in order to better serve our members and the club with respect to funding our local and global service projects. All club fundraising efforts benefit our Foundation, and it manages accounts for our BackPacks for Kids, Born to Read and global service projects, as well as the Rotary Youth Exchange Travel Stipend Award.

Our Foundation sponsors a mini-grant program each fall, offering grants in the amount of $100 to $1,000. Grant applications are available online each August. The grant submission deadline is September 30. Beneficiaries have included:

Bellaire Youth Initiative - Enrichment Programs, Bethany Christian Services Foster Care - Visitation Room AV Upgrade, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library GT Region - Epson Projector and HDMI Adaptor, Feed TC - Outdoor Seating for Meals, Front Porch Ministries - The Front Porch Goes Green, Glen Arbor Arts Center - Children's Art Program, Greilick Outdoor Education & Recreation Center (GOREC) - Youth Independence Program, Grand Traverse Show Chorus - Songs for Seniors, Grow Benzie - Hive Minded After School Program, Kingsley High School Student Council - Student Food Pantry, Traverse Heights Elementary - Student Leadership Initiative.

Over $83,000 has been awarded as part of this funding program.

 Board of Directors

 Valerie Kirn-Duensing President
 Jeff Buday Treasurer
 Mike Doherty Director
 Vic Geha
 Laura Jolly Director
 Randy Kiessel Director
 Mike Lipp
 Becky Osborne
 Linda Raetz Director