About The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billion in humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts. It continues to be one of the highest scoring large non-profits on CharityNavigator.com
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International’s sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary “to do good in the world.” It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$73 million contributed in 2000-01. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.
The Foundation’s Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation’s programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
The Rotary Foundation does such awesome work that it is an honor to be the Rotary Foundation Chairperson at my club. Just listening to Ambassadorial Scholars share their backgrounds and their goals for the future encourages us to support the Foundation programs.
We have the opportunity to have a hands on experience when we take on an international project working with a club in the receiving country. Several years ago we collected and sent books to South Africa. We are presently considering a sanitation project in the Dominican Republic.
The Sustaining Member program allows each member to donate $100 a year to the Foundation. We contribute to the Polio Plus program and many other projects that have worldwide success in improving the health, education and quality of life of many people.
By Judy Gordon
You can find out more about the Rotary Foundation by visiting the Foundation section of the Rotary International web site.
Information on this page came from the following pages at the Rotary International web site:
The Rotary Foundation
Programs of the Rotary Foundation