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The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation of RI is a non-for-profit corporation whose mission is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfilment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary's mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs.

In 2002-03, The Rotary Foundation received contributions totalling US$133 million and spent more than $94 million in support of humanitarian and educational programs implemented by clubs and districts. Contributions from Rotarians go into one of two funds:

Annual Programs Fund, which provides grants and awards through Foundation programs.

Permanent Fund, an endowment from which only the earnings are spent in support of Foundation programs, ensuring the long-term viability of the Foundation.

Every dollar contributed by Rotarians funds the humanitarian and education programs and program operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out many worthy projects worldwide. In an effort to maintain sufficient funding for these vital programs, the Foundation launched the Every Rotarian, Every Year initiative, designed to increase annual giving to $100 per capita during the Rotary Centennial year of 2004-05 and beyond.

Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to increase their support of international service projects that provide water wells, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need. Rotarian participation is key to the success of the projects.

District Simplified Grants enable districts to use a portion of their District Designated Fund (DDF) to support service activities or humanitarian endeavours that benefit local or international communities.

Individual Grants support the travel of Rotarians, Rotarian spouses, Rotaractors, and qualified Foundation alumni who are planning or implementing humanitarian service projects abroad.

Matching grants
assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out World Community Service projects with clubs in other countries.

Blane Community Immunization Grants provide U.S. Rotary clubs and districts up to $1,000 in matching funds to improve immunization levels in their communities.

The PolioPlus program provides funding for vaccine and transportation for mass immunization campaigns as well as support for social mobilization, surveillance, and laboratories to help carry out the final stages of global polio eradication. Having raised funds that will provide more than $600 million is support, Rotary International is a major partner with the World Health Organization, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the initiative to eradicate polio worldwide by 2005, Rotary's centennial.


Ambassadorial Scholarships, the world's largest, privately funded international scholarships program, sends 1,000 students each year to serve as ambassadors of goodwill while studying abroad.

Rotary World Peace Scholarships are awarded to individuals for study in master's degree programs at the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.

Group Study Exchange is a cultural and vocational exchange program between districts in different countries for business and professional men and woman ages 25-40.

Rotary Grants for University Teachers are awarded to higher education faculty to teach abroad in an academic field of practical use to people in a low-income country.

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Rotary Theme 2018/19

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Cromwell Room, St Mary Church, 1 Putney High Street SW15 1SN
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