The Rotary Foundation - celebrating 100 years of doing good in the world in the Rotary year 2016/17

The Rotary Foundation is a not for profit corporation enabling Rotarians and their partners to achieve sustainable solutions to global problems. Widely recognised as being in the top 5 for Best Value Charity Giving, it celebrated its 1st 100 years in 2017

The Mission of the Rotary Foundation

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 a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.


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Information for those interested in applying for a Rotary Scholarship. The call for applications for study in 2018/19 is now closed. The deadline for applications was 23rd March 2018 however this opportunity is likely to be repeated next year hence the information may still be of interest. Read more about Rotary Scholarships.

Information for those interested in applying for a Rotary Peace Fellowship. Rotary Peace Fellowships are offered for study at six Rotary Peace Centres around the world. The deadline for applications to be submitted to our District for consideration was 31st May 2018, however this is an annual competition. Read more about the application process.

For Clubs.

See the new application form for District Grants in 2018/19 and read the updated criteria. Submit the preliminary form by 6th June for consideration by the Grants Committee.

Read about the crocus planting and download the order form for crocus corms to be delivered in the Autumn of 2018 for more purple displays in Spring 2019.

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The Rotary Foundation in the Thames Valley District

In District 1090 we have a long tradition of strong support for the Foundation. Not only have our contributions to the Annual Programmes Fund been high, but we are also fortunate to host a large number of Rotary Scholars each year, studying not only at the University of Oxford, but also at Oxford Brookes University, New Bucks University in High Wycombe, Reading University and Brunel University. We have many clubs in the District who put a lot of energy and effort into raising funds for and awareness of Rotary's End Polio Now campaign. We have lots of clubs who run projects for local and international communities funded by District Grants and Global Grants. Our District has hosted three Peace Conferences, the most recent being Peace Through Understanding Said Business School, Oxford and we have nominated candidates for Peace Fellowships to study at one of the six Rotary peace centres around the world.

Follow the links below or on the Related Pages to learn more about the Rotary Foundation's programmes. 

End Polio Now

Polio Plus is Rotary International's most ambitious and enduring campaign. Initiated in 1985 to mark the 40th anniversary of the United Nations, it aimed to immunise all the world's children against Polio in partnership with the World Health Authority. In 1985 there were 365,000 cases of polio a year, with 125 different countries being endemic. The wild polio virus is now only found in three countries, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. We are within the 'Final Inch' of eradicating polio for good. Read more on the Polio Pages

Rotary Scholars

Designed to further international understanding and goodwill, this is the world's largest privately sponsored international scholarship program and provides for study abroad for one year, in one of the 162 countries and 35 geographical regions where Rotary clubs are located. Some US $320 million has been spent on 30,000 international scholarships since the program began in 1947. Read more on the Scholars Pages

Humanitarian Grants: District Grants and Global Grants

Foundation grants help Rotary clubs and districts carry out humanitarian projects at home and in other countries. Amounts awarded relate to amount contributed in previous years and require matching funding and practical input from Rotarians. District 1090 has utilised both Global and District Grants in a variety of ways. Read more on the Grants Pages.

Peace Fellows & the Oxford Peace Conference

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Study Fellowships are available at six Rotary Centres in partnership with leading universities, world-wide. Read more about the Peace Fellows and the Peace Conference.

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Visit the Giving Reports for Clubs in D1090, to check on your club's giving to the Annual Programmes Fund and the End Polio Now campaign. 

For more information or to invite a member of the Foundation Committee to speak to your Rotary Club members, contact Karen Eveleigh

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