The Rotary Foundation

Our own charity

The Rotary Foundation

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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. Rotary Foundation in the United Kingdom (RFUK) is an Associate Foundation of the international charitable trust. Based at Alcester in Warwickshire, RFUK handles Gift Aid, legacies, covenants and ordinary contributions from Rotarians and individuals.

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.

See our charity rating HERE

The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Derwentside

The Rotary Club of Derwentside has been a proud supporter of the Rotary Foundation since the club was first formed. In 2008, the club received a Rotary award for making significant contributions to the Foundation. Several of our members serve on the district's Foundation committee. Each year, one of our events is dedicated towards raising funds for the Rotary Foundation. Many of our projects in West Africa, Sri Lanka and India were supported by the Rotary Foundation through matched funding grants and other Foundation awards.



The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.

Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. 

Rotary is an organization you can trust and support with confidence. We’ve dedicated approximately 90 percent of The Rotary Foundation’s total spending to programs over the past 10 years, and minimized our administrative expenses. Our annual report and financial reports offer opportunities for us to be open about our spending, and to show you what we can achieve together.

To learn about our spending programmes, for our annual report and financial reports click HERE.

To learn more about our excellent charity rating click HERE.

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease.


Through the SHARE system, contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities, such as vocational training teams. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF.

At the end of three years, your district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district.


The World Fund provides the necessary funding for our highest priority activities around the globe. While 50% of SHARE-designated contributions are applied to the World Fund, you can also direct your entire gift to the fund. The Foundation uses the money to pay for grant and program opportunities available to all Rotary districts.



District grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in your community and communities worldwide. Each Rotary district gets to choose which projects it will fund with these grants.. Click HERE


Global grants support large international activities that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of our areas of focus. Rotarians create their own projects and carry them out. We accept and review applications as they arrive.  Click HERE

Download the Rotary Foundation Reference Guide click HERE

Download the Rotary Foundation Contribution Form Click HERE