Rotary's Own Charity

In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entit

Rotary Foundation

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.

The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Rotary Foundation relies on the enthusiastic support of Rotarians voluntarily giving generously of their time and money, and has become one of the foremost non-governmental foundations in the world. The educational support program is 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. 

Rotary Foundation is one of the biggest and most efficient Charities in the world.

It distributed $ 286  million in 2018/19 to the following causes


Since 1988 Rotary with its partners have immunised more than 2.5billion children and the programme has eliminated the virus in most of the world. The remaining challenge – still complex and expensive - is to eliminate it from the 3 countries where it remains endemic and to keep it from returning elsewhere


These fund international projects with sustainable, measurable results. One example was our project in Tanzania to educate children about albinism. We are also hoping to get support for Mary Patrick’s project in South Africa


These support local small scale projects which meet Rotary objectives, and are available to all clubs in the District


Each year Foundation supports the training of Peace Fellows at 6 Peace Centres across the world. Since 2002/3 1284 Fellows have graduated and are working in more than 116 countries. The work is very low key in Rotary, but needed more than ever in an increasingly violent world

Rotary's Own Charity sub-pages:

Foundation Factsheet No 1

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Foundation Fact Sheet no.2

more Interesting Facts about Rotary Foundation

Please Help Me........

more A visit from the Margaret Ryan and Elspeth Bailie, the author and illustrator of our book on albinism in Tanzania part funded by a grant from the Rotary Foundation.