Rotary Foundation


Foundation is Rotary’s own charity and in 2016/17 it celebrated its centennial anniversary having been started in 1917 by RI President Arch Klumph.
In addition to spearheading Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio it also provides support in 7 distinct areas – peace and conflict resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, economic and community development and the environment.
In September 2020 and for several years before, The Rotary Foundation received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. for both demonstrating strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. The ratings reflect how efficiently Charity Navigator believes the Foundation uses donations, how well it has sustained programs and services, and its level of commitment to good governance and openness. After receiving its ninth straight 4star rating Rotary General Secretary John Hewko received a letter from Charity Navigator saying. "Attaining a 4 star rating verifies that The Rotary Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities in your area of work."

Rotary Foundation also spearheads the campaign for global eradication of polio (Known as Polioplus or End Polio Now)

Polio Plus is Rotary's international programme is to help eradicate polio throughout the world.Thanks For Life is a purpose-built initiative, specifically designed to combine the talents and efforts of every Club with the following aims:
  • To raise £1m for Polio Eradication from Thanks for Life
  • To maximise public awareness of the Rotary Polio campaign;
  • To increase membership

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Our Promise: Not a penny will be spent to cover administration costs and due diligence will be provided once the project is completed to ensure that the funds have been properly managed.


Our Swimathon has become an annual event and has raised an enormous amount for local charities.

Library photo (2016)

Throughout the year we raise funds with such events as our Christmas Collections, Rotary Swimathon, Race Nights, Quiz Evenings, etc. Sadly during 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic, we have been unable to undertake many of our fundraising activities.


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The Youth Committee is chaired by Eva Peters.


In just a few years time The Rotary Club of Twickenham will celebrate 100 years of existence. A lot has happened in that time and we are justifiably proud of our heritage. The following is a brief history of some of the club's important landmarks.