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Rotary Foundation in our District
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable trust fund of Rotary International; its mission 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.
Rotary Foundation is Rotary's only Charity and all Rotarians are encouraged to donate to it. This can be by giving small amounts, covenanting an annual gift (a tax efficient method in the UK) or by a bequest in their will. All our Rotary Clubs themselves are encouraged to raise funds for Foundation. As can be imagined the sums raised are considerable, amounting to many millions of pounds/dollars each year and all the sums collected are used entirely in funding the various projects carried out by Rotarians supported by the trust fund.
The following video gives you a summary of what Foundation is all about - you can also read below about the various areas of activity. Enjoy ...
The work of the Foundation is carried out under TWO primary programmes, Humanitarian and Educational.
Our Humanitarian programmes are perhaps best known through Matching Grants, which help fund projects linking Rotary clubs in different parts of the world for the relief of suffering and hardship and the development of communities less well off than ourselves. Club monies can be more than trebled through District and central Foundation funds.
Another way in which Foundation funds are used in our District are through District Simplified Grants; these are directly allocated to District clubs by our grants committee, and can be used to support local or international humanitarian projects. In both cases the projects must have direct involvement by Rotarians; The Rotary Foundation does not donate money directly to other charitable organisations.
Rotary Foundation has a wide range of Educational programmes. District 1080 is active in:
Group Study Exchange (GSE) in which a team of young business and professional people between the ages of 25 and 40 who spend up to four weeks in another country, staying in the homes of Rotarians and studying the business and social life of the area they visit, with an emphasis on Vocational visits. Contact Kate Secker – Norwich St Edmund
Ambassadorial scholarships which are awarded to graduates and other students who wish to study in another country for a year . Contact Hilary King - Norwich
Peace Fellows: the Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution offer individuals the opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in international studies, sustainable development, peace studies, and conflict resolution at one of the six Rotary Centre University partners.Contact Hilary King - Norwich
District 1080 is supporting the Polio $200 million challenge, The aim is to finalise the eradication of polio worldwide. Rotary International has committed to match the generous donation of $255 million given to Rotary by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation following last year’s donation of $100 million.
Inoculations across the world involving Rotary volunteers have reduced the endemic countries to four, Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afganistan; the goal is in sight but the project still requires strong support from us all and a Major awareness/Fund Raising campaign is to take place throughout all of RIBI during 2011/12, in which our District will be very involved.Contact Steve Mumms - Diss & District.
Rotary Foundation was founded in 1928 and it now operates under the supervision of 13 trustees who are appointed by the President of Rotary International. From 1st August 2011, the Chairman of the Trustees is Bill Boyd Rotary Club of Pakuranga in New Zealand.
If you would like to know more about how the Rotary Foundation can support your club’s programmes or about supporting Foundation yourself please contact any member of the District Foundation Committee (see below ). Similarly, ask us if you’d like a member of the committee to speak at your club’s meeting.
An Alumnus of the Rotary Foundation is any person, Rotarian or not, who has received a Rotary Foundation grant or scholarship award including Ambassadorial Scholars, Peace Scholars, recipients of Grants for University Teacher or Carl Miller Discovery Grants, Group Study Exchange team members, and Rotary Volunteers
Alumni are potential speakers for Rotary events. Possibly those in your area might wish to join your Club.
A list of Alumni in your area is available from the District Foundation team (via District Rotary Alumni Chairman, Steve Munns - Diss & District ). We also ask that clubs keep the committee informed of the whereabouts of Alumni with whom they have contact.
Every Rotarian Every Year
There are thousands of charitable organisations working throughout the world that make a positive impact on those in need. But your Rotary Foundation is the only charitable organisation funded by contributions from Rotarians, for programmes and projects identified by Rotarians and administered by Rotarians at the project site.
The Rotary Foundation is YOU - Every Rotarian Every Year.
The mission of the Rotary Foundation is furthering understanding and friendly relations between people of different nations. We accomplish this by fostering tangible and effective programmes through local, national and international projects. Through OUR Foundation, we reach out to both local and international communities.
Whether it’s eradicating polio, digging water wells, or educating a scholar in peace and conflict resolution, Rotary creates the environment and circumstances to promote peace throughout the world.
What happens when we combine the energy, enthusiasm and passion of our members? The world community pays attention.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) realised the powerof Rotary when we raised almost $250 million in the mid 1980’s for polio eradication and in the 2002-03 campaign raised over $130 million more. By the time the campaign is completed over $800 million dollars will have been provided through Rotary efforts. We have mobilised volunteers, communities, governments, and even warring factions in over 90 countries to combat polio. Our partnership with WHO, UNICEF and the US Centres for Disease Control is the largest public health initiative in the history of the world.
Polio isn’t the only project which is capturing the attention of the world community. The Rotary Foundation has partnered with six different universities around the world to establish the Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution. Our Group Study Exchange Programme and Ambassadorial Scholarships Programme mean too that Rotary is the largest non-governmental educational provider in the world.
Our Matching Grants programme enables individual clubs to connect with clubs thousands of miles away to combine their energies and make a real difference to the lives of countless disadvantaged people. The 3H programme enables larger scale projects to take place using the skills and energies of groups of clubs. Yet through the District Simplified Grants Programme local projects can equally be supported.
All these programmes are great stories, that began with contributions to the Annual Programmes Fund. This is this programme which is the primary source of support for all the humanitarian and educational work we do. Sadly the income to the Rotary Foundation does not match the demand on its resources. If we are to continue doing all the great things that we do, it is vital for Every Rotarian to participate in the programmes of the Rotary Foundation and give it their support Every Year.
… Then EVERY ROTARIAN needs to support the Annual Programmes Fund, either individually or through his/her efforts in the club, with a contribution of $100 or more EVERY YEAR.
All fields are required.