Details of Rotary's own charity.
Polio Plus Video:
The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity. It is supported by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation and generous donations from the general public who share its vision of a better world.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. It has become one of the foremost non-governmental foundations with the educational support programme being the largest private scholarship endowment in the world.
It is said that every minute of every day Rotary will touch the lives of millions somewhere in the world. The most significant achievement of Foundation in recent years has been the virtual elimination of Polio through its Polio Plus campaign alongside the WHO as evidenced in the video above.
More information can be found by linking through to the Rotary International website under other links.
At Club level members are encouraged to donate generously to the charity, and they decide how much of their annual contribution to the Club Benevolent Fund should go to Foundation. However the Foundation target of 100 US dollars per member is rarely achieved in UK with so many other competing causes.
In addition some fund raising projects during the year will donate some or all of the proceeds to the charity as well as items like the sale of Foundation Calendars. Members are kept up to date about the works of the charity and how it is funded.