Our Rotary Foundation

"Doing Good in the World"

The Charity of every Rotarian

The Rotary Foundation was the vision of Arch Klumph in 1917. The idea was to set up an Endowment for the purpose of “Doing Good in the World”.

Over a century later it has grown to be a major charity that helps Rotarians fund their projects nationally and internationally. Nearly $100m is now spent annually on these projects.

They encompass:

  • Disease Prevention & Treatment
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Basic Education & Literacy
  • Economic & Community Development
  • Peace & Conflict Prevention & Resolution
  • Supporting the Environment

Since 1985 Rotarians have been major sponsors of a plan to eliminate Polio, literally, from the face of the earth. Today there are only two countries where polio is endemic; Pakistan and Afghanistan. Thanks to the $1.5billion that Rotarians have raised over the 35 years we have gone from 350,000 cases a year to less than 100.

Our Foundation also sponsors mature students for second degrees in Peace Studies at universities across the world. We also support Vocational Training Teams to share skills across countries as well as more technical scholarships.

The basic grants for Rotarians and their Clubs are Global Grants valued at a minimum of $30,000 and small District Grants for up to £1,500.

These pages give an introduction to all these aspects of Our Foundation. You can find out more through your Club’s Foundation Lead, through District or from Rotary GB&I or RI websites. 

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Our Rotary Foundation pages:

Sun Never Sets on Rotary

more District presentation 2024

Rotary Foundation Seminar

more Recording November 2023

Peace Seminar

more Recording September 2023

Vocational Training Team Seminar

more Recording July 2023

Global Grants

more How to apply for a global grant

District Grants

more Applications sought for District Grants

Local Disaster District Grants

more Grant application form for emergency disaster grant aid within Cumbria and Lancashire.

Together we end Polio

Polio Eradication

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Rotary Crocus Pins

more The District has a supply of "End Polio Now" Rotary Crocus Pins in boxes of 100 for purchase by Clubs to sell at their events.