Rotary Foundation


Rotary Foundation


The Rotary Foundation: Rotary's own Charity

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Rotary Clubs and Districts can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

Goals for Rotary Clubs

  1.  Eradicate polio - let us finish the job
  2. Support Rotary's own and only charity, The Rotary Foundation through our continuing giving
  3. Ensure the progress of our new grant programme by participation in sustainable educational and humanitarian projects
  4. Foster world understanding, goodwill, and peace by promoting and publicising the Rotary Peace Centers program
  5. Emphasise that the future health of The Rotary Foundation is in all of our hands
At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.
When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.
1947: The Foundation established its first programme, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.
1965-66: Three programmes were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.
1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.
1985: The PolioPlus programme was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.
1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.
2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.
Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.
Rotary Club of Birstall Luddites
Rotary Foundation Committee 2018/19


Robert Jackson
Nigel Arthurs
Margaret Arthurs Bill Fox

Birstall Luddites led by David give an annual contribution to thr Rotary Foundation.
Rotary Foundation is the charity of Rotary International
and supports by means of matching grants, District simplified grants and individual grant a wide variety of projects throughout the world.
Polio Plus is an example of the international co-operation by means of which the scourge of polio has been reduced from world wide distribution to the stage where  it is now endemic in parts of only four countries.


The Rotaract Club of Apia presents our peace dance, a celebration of Rotary Internationals 108th birthday and raising awareness our Rotary's global campaign of eradicating Polio - a crippling and potentially fatal disease ...

utube video from SAMOA

Rotary Advocacy Efforts Yield Big Rewards

At the end of April, global leaders and philanthropists signaled their confidence in a new polio endgame strategy by pledging close to three-quarters of the plans projected US$5.5 billion cost to eradicate polio within the next six years.

The new plan capitalizes on the best opportunity to eradicate polio, with the number of children paralyzed by this disease at the lowest level ever: just 223 cases in 2012 and only 22 so far this year.

With generous help from The Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation rotary has undertaken to eliminate the disease entirely.


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