Rotary Foundation - Rotary's own charity

The Rotary Foundation is a not for profit corporation enabling Rotarians and their partners to achieve sustainable solutions to global problems. Widely recognised as being in the top 5 for Best Value Charity Giving, it celebrated its 1st 100 years in 2017

The Rotary Foundation - celebrating 100 years of doing good in the world in the Rotary year 2016/17

The Mission of the Rotary Foundation

updated July 2021

The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members 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 Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

Visit the main Rotary Foundation pages

Read the annual report for the year ending June 2019 (*)

Or go straight to the finances in the annual report 

* You will see links to giving pages here. Please note that Rotary Clubs and Rotarians and non-Rotarians in the UK give through Rotary Foundation UK, so that individual giving can benefit from Gift Aid.

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For clubs nominate polio champions - deadline 20th August 2021

Nominate individuals or groups for their outstanding support of Rotary's Polio Eradication campaign. Read more and download the nomination form.

For clubs and community groups - order your crocuses for polio - deadline 31st August 2021

Rotary clubs and community groups can order more purple crocuses this summer. An ongoing part of our Polio Eradication campaign, raising awareness in our communities and working towards the eradiation of polio taht is now endemic in just two countries in the world - Pakistan and Afghanistan. Download the order forms and read more about the campaign.

For Clubs and Applicants - Peace Fellowships - deadline 31st May 2021

Rotary funds 130 peace fellowships each year, at 6 peace centres across the globe. Read more about the opportunity and the process on our pages or go direct to the main Rotary Peace Fellowships website.

For Clubs - District Grant Applications - deadline 25th May 2021

Clubs are encouraged to apply for district grants for both local and international projects. Read more and download the application form and guidance notes.

For Clubs - Reports on Giving to the Foundation

Login to the members section of the website and visit the Foundation page to check on your club's giving to the Annual Programmes Fund and the End Polio Now campaign, how to give to Rotary Foundation UK, and to see the full list of team members.


For more information or to invite a member of the Foundation Committee to speak to your Rotary Club members, contact John Philip, Chair of the District 1090 Rotary Foundation Team.

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Reflections on our Graduate Scholarship Programme

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Humanitarian Grants: District Grants and Global Grants

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Rotary Working for Peace

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Rotary Youth Exchange – USA Tour ’81 Alumni Association

Inspiring Alumni from Rotary Programmes

more Each year, thousands participate in Rotary's educational and youth programs, all known for fostering international understanding and friendship. But the experience doesn't have to end when the program is over.

Our Vocational Training Team, teaching emergency birth skills in Uganda

more Our Vocational Training Team was established in 2013, with its first visits in 2014, followed by visits each year since then (1 page below this)

The Centenary of the Rotary Foundation

more help us celebrate 100 years of the Rotary Foundation

our Rotary Scholars in 2017/18

Rotary Scholars

more This is the one of Rotary's largest programmes, running since 1947.

Our Rotary Foundation

Giving to our Rotary Foundation

more a reminder on how funds are spent and how we can continue to give to the Foundation

End Polio Now

more Rotary's remarkable commitment. Working with an incredible network of people, we really are so close to eradicating polio. (10 pages below this)