Our Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is 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, often as little as  $1,000.

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 RotaryGB&I or RI websites. 

Our Rotary Foundation pages:

Rotary Crocus Pins

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.


Global Grant Scholarships

Applications sought for Global Grant Scholarship


Polio Eradication


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