District Rotary Foundation Chair
Tel: 087 2556741
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s
only charity, established 100 years ago to support Rotary International in its
mission to achieve world understanding and peace through international
humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
The Rotary Foundation provides the funding for
major global programmes, such as End Polio Now. Through Global Grants and
District Grants, it provides the funding required by Districts and Rotary Clubs
to deliver a wide range of national, international and local community
These are the projects that differentiate Rotary
from other service organisations, and that underpin the theme of Rotary Serving
Our Foundation is built solely on voluntary
contributions from Rotary Clubs, from individual Rotarians, and from friends of
Rotary, who all share its vision of the way to a better world.
At the 1917
convention, outgoing Rotary International President Arch C. Klumph proposed to
set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea and an initial contribution of
$26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of
lives around the globe. In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary
Foundation, and has since grown to more than $1billion in funding, supporting
major humanitarian projects worldwide, and having one of the largest and most
prestigious fellowship programs in the world.
mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world
understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health,
thesupport 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 the aid
of Foundation grants, that deliver life-changing and sustainable improvement to communities in
eradication is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority. When Rotary launched the
PolioPlus program in 1985, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125
countries. Since 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the
Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2.5 billion children,
the incidence of polio has decreased 99.9 percent. As of 2015, Rotary’s
contributions to the global polio eradication effort totalled $1.5 billion.
Peace Fellowships enable individuals to pursue a graduate degree in
international relations, peace, conflict resolution, and related subjects. This
year alone, there are 7 such scholars studying at Irish universities.
Rotary Foundation District provides grants to Rotary clubs that enable projects
to address immediate needs in their
communities and abroad. These grants typically fund humanitarian projects, that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in
one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus.
conflict prevention/resolution Watch Video "HERE"
prevention and treatment Watch Video "HERE"
sanitation Watch Video "HERE"
child health Watch Video "HERE"
and literacy Watch Video "HERE"
community development Watch Video "HERE"
In a Rotary
Ireland context, this funding has supported diverse international projects, including:
Bringing drinking water and sanitation to
communities in Kenya and Malawi
Bringing health services to people in
India, Uganda, DRC and Zambia
Bringing education to communities in
Africa, Asia and South America
Bringing disaster relief to Haiti, Nepal,
Bangladesh and the Philippines
Providing prosthetic limbs to victims of
war and disease
Providing refurbished bicycles and school
books to children in The Gambia
Ireland, an even more diverse range of local projects have been funded,
Providing sensory gardens and playgrounds
for Special Schools (CRC - Dublin, Willowbridge - Enniskillen)
Delivering IT and educational aids for schools, both special
and mainstream (Mother of Fair Love - Kilkenny, Learning Hub - Limerick)
Supporting facilities for suicide counselling and support services
(Pieta House - Cork, PIPS - Lurgan)
Sponsoring literacy programs for children
and adults (SHARE - Dublin, Nendrum College - Comber)
Supporting youth training and development
programs (TABU - Belfast, YEA – Ballymoney,
Fingal Gallopers – Dublin)
Equipping Substance Abuse and Domestic
Violence facilities and programmes (Cara Lodge – Cork, Make it Better –Antrim)
project entails the conversion of 45 semi derelict rooms, formerly used as
nurse accommodation, into bedrooms that will be used by parents of children
occupying beds in Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.
projects like these that demonstrate and underpin the ongoing commitment of
Rotarians to doing good in the world, a commitment that the Rotary Foundation
has now been supporting for 100 years.