Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity
and celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016/2017.

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The Rotary Foundation is an endowment fund dedicated to Doing Good In The World, and over the past 100 years has spent over $3 billion on humanitarian programmes across the world. This includes spearheading the movement to eradicate polio across the world, as well as facilitating projects which address Rotarys Six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, and Economic and Community Development.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of creating a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.  

The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While Rotary serves in countless ways, it has focused its efforts in the Six Key Areas. These encompass some of the worlds most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, in which Rotary has a proven record of success in addressing them.

Projects within the Six Areas of Focus are funded by a grant system operated between Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. This gives clubs the opportunity to apply for grants for projects which matter to them. Once a project is identified, clubs in Great Britain and Ireland partner with Rotary clubs in the host country to undertake the project. Additionally, clubs have the opportunity to partner with approved agencies to provide specialist input in the Six Areas of Focus.

The Rotary Club of Croydon annually donates £2000 from Club funds to the Foundation. In addition, members have also supported the End Polio Now campaign through holding World's Greatest Meal events and two ascents of the Millennium Dome 02 Arena. We have also supported Shelterbox for many years. (Since 2001 we have donated 24 Shelterboxes. To see where these have been deployed Click Here.)



Details of the Rotary Foundation Goals may be found in the latest Hand Book


Other specific projects supported by our Club include

Total funding of a young woman from Selsdon on a three-year Rotary Peace Fellowship. Rotary Foundation funds various Universities throughout the world to provide Masters level study and qualification in Peace Studies. A requirement is that the studies must be in another country and, in her case, she studied at a specialist political studies university in Paris. Her studies were successful and she subsequently spoke at various District and National Rotary conferences and worked with the BBC producing programmes related to empowering women in the Middle East. She went on to work at the UK Foreign Office.

Another Rotary Foundation funded programme in which Croydon has been involved is International Group Study Exchange (GSE). This programme involves a group of young working men and women from two different countries, already showing exceptional aptitude in their present work, and a specially chosen Rotarian Leader (by application and interview process), who are funded to study life and values during four weeks in each other's countries. They usually stay a week at a time with Rotarian families in various parts of the "exchange" Rotary District.  The "Team" organised meetings at businesses, factories, hospitals, schools, government services etc, and reported back to local clubs and regional Rotary conferences. 

The Rotary Club of Croydon has participated in these programmes, sent and received team members, and supplied a Team Leader from the Club who led one of the exchanges with a Rotary District of India. 


For more information visit The Rotary Foundation 



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