Giving Dictionaries

Dictionaries for 2023-24 are available for order!
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Jim Polk

Serving as your District Governor for 2023-24. How can we help you?

To date, more than 36, 200,000 children have received a dictionary thanks to the generosity of Dictionary Project sponsors.

Over 3,770 Rotary Club, 65 Rotary Districts and 14 Rotaract Clubs have participated in the Dictionary Project.

Rotarians have given over 18,747,000 dictionaries since 1997.

Dictionary Projects provide dictionaries to students in all 50 states and over 40 countries.

Facts can be found at or you can email [email protected] to obtain a pledge form and more information.

One Response

  1. Rotary clubs considering a literacy project are urged to coordinate their activity with grade-level teachers and building administrators of targeted schools prior to initiating an event. In my years of experience as a building principal of elementary and middle-level grades, I have witnessed many discarded dictionaries from students who were not enthusiastic about receiving a reference book (consider giving a content/literature book instead). Moreover, if keeping dollars in the local community is important, I would suggest partnering with local bookstores prior to connecting with “The Dictionary Project,” a 501(3)(c) non-profit. Charity Navigator gives them only three stars with a 79% rating [their executive director receives $150,000/year in compensation – by contrast, The Rotary Foundation routinely receives four stars with a 100% rating]. Finally, in the digital age, dictionaries are readily available on students’ phones and computers. Just saying.

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