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.
For thirty years, Rotary in conjunction with the World Health Organisation has worked to eliminate polio from the world. We are nearly there. Only a few cases now occur mainly in areas of conflict where it is difficult to organise vaccinations.
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 public.