Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity <br/> and celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016/2017.

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Foundation is Rotary’s own charity (see below). That means it is also our charity. Foundation causes are Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Supporting Education, Saving Mothers and Children, Growing Local Economies and Supporting the Environment.

We will support Foundation causes in various ways.

We will consider special projects that help raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio campaign. We will look for ways to include club members and community partners, such as Broadmead Primary School, to not only raise funds, but just as importantly, to inform people of the benefits of the work done.

We will look to partner with International clubs, either individually or collectively through our Eurostar partners, to engage with supporting local in-country projects providing benefits to those communities.

We will continue to grow our partnership with Broadmead Primary School, and others, to engage the community in projects that directly relate to Foundation causes.

Where possible and practicable we will look for ways to raise funds for Foundation causes, in particular the End Polio Now campaign, a cause we have long supported.

We will encourage club members to support Foundation by participating in the schemes for direct donations.

When funds allow we will make an annual donation from our club to Foundation.

Finally, we will use our club newsletter and website to inform members and other readers of information of interest.

How we have raised funds and awareness of the End Polio Now Campaign

Each year the club hosts a World’s Greatest Meal lunch for members and guests with an interesting speaker. Money is raised from donations and an auction on the day. 

In addition we have joined with pupils at Broadmead Primary School where we have planted hundreds of purple crocus bulbs and hundreds of saplings. Also the pupils had their “pinkie” fingers painted purple to raise awareness of the campaign. 

We have sold jars of purple jam and members used the empty jars to collect their small change that was donated to the campaign. 

Club members have raised money through sponsor ship to climb the 02 Dome, twice, and one member abseiled 500 feet down the council skyscraper in town. 

We have raised thousands of pounds and had fun whilst doing it.

What is Rotary Foundation? 

The Rotary Foundation is an endowment fund dedicated to Doing Good In The World, and over the past 100 years 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 Rotarys Seven Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Economic and Community Development, and Supportng the Environment.

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 creating a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.  

The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While Rotary serves in countless ways, it has focused its efforts in the Seven Key Areas. These encompass some of the worlds most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, in which Rotary has a proven record of success in addressing them.

Projects within the Seven Areas of Focus are funded by a grant system operated between Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. This gives clubs the opportunity to apply for grants for projects which matter to them. Once a project is identified, clubs in Great Britain and Ireland partner with Rotary clubs in the host country to undertake the project. Additionally, clubs have the opportunity to partner with approved agencies to provide specialist input in the Seven Areas of Focus.

The Rotary Club of Croydon annually donates £2000 from Club funds to the Foundation. In addition, members have also supported the End Polio Now campaign through holding World's Greatest Meal events and two ascents of the Millennium Dome 02 Arena. We have also supported Shelterbox for many years. (Since 2001 we have donated 24 Shelterboxes. To see where these have been deployed Click Here.)

For the Club year 2020-2021, our Rotary Foundation programme will be managed by Brian Jones and Stephen Kirkman.

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