The Rotary Foundation

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The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity. It is supported by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation and generous donations from the general public who share its vision of a better world. Rotary Foundation in the United Kingdom (RFUK) is an Associate Foundation of the international charitable trust. Based at Alcester in Warwickshire, RFUK handles Gift Aid, legacies, covenants and ordinary contributions from Rotarians and individuals.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. It has become one of the foremost non-governmental foundations with the educational support programme being the largest private scholarship endowment in the world.

It is said that every minute of every day Rotary will touch the lives of millions somewhere in the world.

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The Rotary Foundation and the Rotary Club of Derwentside

The Rotary Club of Derwentside has been a proud supporter of the Rotary Foundation since the club was first formed. In 2008, the club received a Rotary award for making significant contributions to the Foundation. Several of our members serve on the district's Foundation committee. Each year, one of our events is dedicated towards raising funds for the Rotary Foundation. Many of our projects in West Africa, Sri Lanka and India were supported by the Rotary Foundation through matched funding grants and other Foundation awards.