Foundation Committee introductory page.
The Rotary Foundation
Foundation is often said to be Rotary’s best kept secret but Foundation is Rotary's one and only charity. It is central to what Rotary, as a service organisation, is all about.
The number one priority for Foundation is PolioPlus – eradicating polio from the world. Huge progress has been made since Rotary became involved with this. From 360,000 new cases a year in 1988 we were down to 350 cases in 2014 and 2015 figures are just 72 cases - an 80% reduction on the previous year’s figure! But this amazing progress is giving us a problem. People think it is all but over, forgetting that the virus is still out there and we will need to continue to vaccinate people throughout the world for three years after reported cases have reduced to zero! Remember that 95% of people with the virus show no symptoms and so are “invisible carriers”, leaving traces of the virus wherever they go. If we stop giving to PolioPlus and do not finish the job then the number of cases of polio will explode and all the money and effort we have already put in will be thrown away. So please be generous and give to PolioPlus so that we can finish the job and rejoice that the world is polio free – thanks largely to Rotary. What an achievement that will be to celebrate!
If you would like to learn more about PolioPlus then we have members of the Foundation team who would be delighted to come to your club to tell you more about it including one member who has been on two National Immunisation Days and has helped to vaccinate children!
Foundation grants help to support Rotary projects either through District Grants or through Global Grants. What District Grants and Global Grants fund is explained in depth in the Club Grants Manual which you can access on the Foundation page on this website.
So how does it work? Clubs (and individuals) contribute to the Annual Fund. This money is then invested by The Rotary Foundation (TRF) for three years and then 50% of the money we gave becomes available as the District Designated Fund (DDF) which we can use to fund projects in our District. In the case of Global Grants TRF will match the amount of DDF we give to a project by 100% and they will also give a 50% match of club funds. So your £1 becomes £3.50! That is why you should use Rotary Service projects in your community or overseas rather than give the money to another charity where you will be lucky if your £1 contributes £0.75 to the actual beneficiary. Rotary Foundation administrative costs are just 2% and Rotary has been listed as the fifth best charity in the US! Concern has been expressed regarding a 5% uplift on club funds required for a Global Grants but this is only to cover bank and exchange rate costs in transferring funds to TRF from here and then into the project account in the host country. However you can avoid paying the 5% altogether if you pay the money directly into the project account. But if you do decide to accept the 5% levy then your £1.05 will still become £3.50! Not a bad return!
You might like to read the latest Foundation Annual report for 2014-15 which is available at https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/annualreport/2014-15 .
Vocational Training Teams (VTT)
Vocational training teams are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about a particular field or to learn more about their own. Teams can be funded by district grants or global grants. VTTs build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training. Activities vary from one team to the next but may include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.
Global Grants can be used to fund Global Scholars. These are grants to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development at an approved university. More information can be found at :- https://www.rotary.org/myrotary/en/document/global-grant-scholarship-supplement We usually see scholars coming into our District rather than sponsoring scholars. Our role is to act as hosts / mentors. If you are approached by a prospective scholar then you should immediately contact our Scholarship Chairs so that they can co-ordinate the application and ensure that our requirements for hosting are met.
Acting as a host / mentor to a scholar is not onerous but is very rewarding so if you think you and your club can help please get in contact with us.
Rotary Peace Fellowships
Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses. In just over a decade, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 900 fellows for careers in peace building. Many of them go on to serve as leaders in national governments, NGOs, the military, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and World Bank.
Should you know of a suitable person then contact the Foundation team. If they are lucky enough to be selected then it will not cost your Club or our District a penny as they will be fully funded by TRF.
Our ability to fund the various Grants depends on having DDF available and that in turn needs individuals and Clubs to contribute to the Annual Fund. There is a target of $100 per Rotarian which is around £65. For individuals this can be reduced to less than £50 per annum if it is Gift Aided. So why not become a Sustaining Member and help make a world of difference to others? http://www.rotary.ie/documents/Sustaining_Member_Leaflet.pdf
Don’t forget to make sure your club contributes to the Annual Fund - and to Polio Plus (they are not the same!)
To help you with access to more information on Foundation we have provided links to the: -
Club Grants Manual
District Grant Application form
RFUK Club Contribution Form
To access these please visit 'Foundation Information for Rotarians' at the top right hand side of this page
For anything else please contact the District Rotary Foundation Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org