Rotary Foundation

  • The Rotary Foundation

    The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

    The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.


  • PolioPlus

    Through Rotary Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians and other donors help change the world. Rotary clubs and districts are providing clean water, improving the environment, sponsoring scholarships, and helping reach Rotary’s No. 1 goal, eradicating polio.

    Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to eradicate polio. They’re working to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease, despite weak infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife prevailing in many countries. Since the PolioPlus program began in 1985, more than 2 billion children have received the oral polio vaccine.

    Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge is The Rotary Foundation’s response to $355 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help wipe out polio. Every dollar given to PolioPlus counts toward the $200 million match.


  • Humanitarian Grants Program

    District Simplified Grants support the local and international service activities of Rotary districts.

    Matching Grants provide matching funds for the international service projects of Rotary clubs and districts. Read more about funding projects.


  • Educational Programs

    Ambassadorial Scholarships send undergraduate and graduate students to study abroad while supporting Rotary’s mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

    Group Study Exchange (GSE) supports travel for teams of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotary hosts organize an itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest.

    Rotary Peace Fellowships support graduate students and professionals in fields related to peace and conflict resolution. Each year, up to 110 fellows study at one of the Rotary Peace Centers around the globe.


  • Future Vision

    Through its Future Vision Plan, The Rotary Foundation is creating a new grant model to enhance its support of club and district humanitarian and educational projects. A three-year pilot began in July 2010, with 100 Rotary districts testing the grant model. All districts will transition to the new grant structure in July 2013