Members wear purple to raise funds and awareness of the Rotary End Polio campaign

About The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better future.



The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$117.9 million contributed in 2004-05. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.


The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the poliovirus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.

Photograph: Members were purple for Polio to raise awareness and funds for End Polio Now


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A young Sri Lankan girl arrives at the centre to receive a new limb

Let them walk again - Global Grant Project

more An update the project in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Kandy, Sri Lanka and the Rotary Club of Dundee.

End Polio Now

more Polio would be only the second human disease ever eradicated. After nearly 30 years, and more than 2 billion children immunized against polio, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of making history. We are This Close.

Little Pinkies

Crocus out of focus!

more Rotary International's 'Focus on the Crocus' campaign saw six local clubs teaming up with the city council last autumn