Foundation and International

The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 Rotary Convention in Atlanta, it was proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

In 1929 the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.


Welcome to the International Service section of this website. 

We are here to provide advice and support to clubs on all aspects of International Service and to support programmes initiated by Rotary International.

We promote international projects, monitor disasters worldwide and provide updates and, where appropriate, appeal for help to provide disaster relief

Rotarians can keep up to date with the activities by reading the International Newsletters.

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