The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives close to home and worldwide. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean we make the most of your contribution. So give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!

More than 2.5 billion people need access to adequate sanitation facilities. As a result, at least 3,000 children die daily from diarrheal diseases caused by unsafe water. Our projects allow communities to develop and maintain sustainable water and sanitation systems and support studies related to water and sanitation.


Rotary and our partners have reduced polio cases by 99 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Rotarians have helped immunize over 2 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Today, 42 million people are displayed by armed conflict and persecution. Through our partnerships with several leading universities, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills to strengthen peace efforts, train local leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and support long-term peace-building in areas affected by conflict. We provide up to 100 peace fellowships per year at Rotary Peace Centers.

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “to do good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation and became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

In 1929, the Foundation gave its first $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harries died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

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