The Rotary Foundation is a world wide charity whose aim is to support the efforts of Rotary International in its mission to achieve worldwide understanding and peace through local and national humanitarian, educational and cultural support programmes.

The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by contributions from the public, Rotary members and friends of the Foundation.

Those contributions, gifts and donations are transformed into service projects that change the lives of thousands of people across the world. With 91% of funds spent on the programmes and projects it delivers, The Rotary Foundation, based at the Rotary Headquarters in Illinois, USA, is globally recognised for its financial efficiency, accountability and transparency.
The Rotary Foundation (TRF) supports Rotarians in achieving sustainable projects for communities locally and around the world,
in any of our seven areas of focus. These seven key areas meet the world’s most critical humanitarian needs are :-

  • Peacebuilding and conflict prevention to foster understanding within and across cultures.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Support for basic education and literacy.
  • Community economic development, and
  • Protecting the environment.

It's main concern in recent years, in conjunction with the WHO and the Bill Gates Foundation, has been the eradication of Polio and there are only a few places in the world that still have polio cases. 

Every year The Rotary Foundation gives hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to Rotary clubs to spend on humanitarian projects, vocational training, and scholarships in Rotary’s areas of focus. All the money we raise is generally matched by grants, in various ways, benefitting the recipients, by three or four times the amount raised by the Club.

Donations are made by individual Rotarians through standing orders, collection boxes, special events or by direct payments to the Rotary Foundation UK (RFUK)

Chislehurst Rotary urges members to become Sustaining Members of the RFUK, which is a direct debit payment to RFUK, with Chislehurst getting the credit for raising the funds. Despite the difficult time recently, we still sent just over £2,600 as sustaining members, the Rotary year ending in June 2023. We also sent a further £2,000 as direct payments.

Philip Andrews
Foundation Chair

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