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.

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The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own charity and in 2016/17 it celebrated its centennial anniversary. Former Rotary International President Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to ‘Doing Good In The World’ planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917.

That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe over the decades. Over the last 100 years, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on humanitarian programmes across the world. This includes spearheading the movement to eradicate polio across the world, as well as facilitating projects which address Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus. 

Today the Chislehurst Club continues the good work of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) by raising funds usually within the Club towards the TRF. Weekly donations, quiz nights, Christmas Card donations, and auctions are just some of the ways we donate to the Fund. In return we as a Club can apply for grants from the TRF and in recent years have been very successful in this. If we have a proposed worthy project (say in an African country) and raise £1,000 and have it matched by another Rotary Club in the area of the proposed project, it can be doubled, or even trebled by use of various grants, to make it a very worthwhile project, doing a tremendous amount of good with our funds.

TRF’s six areas of Focus: The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While we serve in countless ways, we’ve focused our efforts in six key areas to maximize our impact. These areas encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, and we have a proven record of success in addressing them.
Peace and Conflict Resolution,
Dicease, Prevention and Treatment,
Water and Sanitation,
Maternal and Child Health, 
Basic Education and Literacy,  
Economic and Community Development.

The Rotary Club of Chislehurst is proud to be part of one of the World’s largest endowment charity funds.

Iain Hart 
Foundation Service Chair


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