Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 1560 Sherman Ave Evanston IL 60201 USA

Mission: The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Contributions to the Foundation''s Annual Programs Fund are invested for three years, with interest being used to cover all administrative costs. Fully 100 percent of every dollar donated supports program expenditures three years later. Gifts to the Foundation''s Permanent Fund are invested, with only the earnings being used to support programs. The Foundation was conceived as an endowment fund in 1917 "for the purpose of doing good in the world." Although The Rotary Foundation was formally established in 1928, significant contributions were not received until 1947, when the death of Rotary founder Paul Harris generated an outpouring of support. Since that time, more than US$991 million has been spent on Rotary Foundation programs. All Rotary Foundation awards are initiated by local Rotary clubs and districts.
Programs: PolioPlus Eradicating polio, a top Rotary priority, requires the immunization of every child in the world. As a result of the efforts of Rotary International and its partners, one billion children have been immunized against polio since 1987. Rotarians will celebrate the certification of a polio-free world by the year 2005, Rotary"s centennial year. Through The Rotary Foundation"s PolioPlus Program, Rotarians will have contributed a half billion US dollars to the eradication effort. Of even greater significance has been the hundreds of thousands of local volunteers mobilized by Rotary clubs around the globe for polio eradication activities. Humanitarian programs The Rotary Foundation's Humanitarian Programs support a wide range of international service activities. Organized by Rotary clubs in at least two countries, humanitarian grants support projects that provide health care and supplies, clean water, food, job training and education -- particularly in the developing world. The most widely used program is Matching Grants, which makes one-time awards to match contributions raised by clubs and districts for projects involving Rotary clubs in two or more countries. Each year, some 1,000+ Matching Grants are awarded by The Rotary Foundation. Large-scale Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants support sustainable projects that improve health, help alleviate hunger, or enhance human development. 3-H Grants normally range from $100,000 to $500,000 and fund projects from one to three years. Other Rotary Foundation programs include: Carl P. Miller Discovery Grants, which provide funds for travel and related expenses incurred by Rotarians in exploring and planning new international service projects; Grants for Rotary Volunteers which cover travel costs and expenses for Rotarians, Foundation alumni, and Rotaractors who volunteer their services and professional expertise in another country; and Rotary Peace Programs which partially subsidize international conferences that focus on conflict resolution and ways to enhance the search for peace. Grants are also available to support international projects in non-Rotary countries and for disaster relief efforts. Educational Programs The Rotary Foundation Educational Programs promote international understanding and peace through scholarships and cultural exchanges. The Ambassadorial Scholarships Program sponsors some 1,300 scholars each year to study in a country other than their own. It is the largest privately sponsored international scholarships program in the world. While abroad Rotary scholars act as "ambassadors of goodwill," giving presentations about their homeland to Rotary clubs and other groups. The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program pairs Rotary districts in different countries to send and receive professional, non-Rotarian study groups.

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The Rotary Foundation has helped millions around the world with its programs. What makes this charity different is that along with the funds donated the 1.2 million Rotarians around the world also provide their time, expertise and labor all over the globe. The Rotary Foundation's program to eradicate polio has resulted in a reduction in cases from over half a million a year in the beginning to just 9 so far this year. There are only three countries left with reported cases, Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The eradication of polio will be only the second time a disease has been eradicated worldwide.
Virtually every dollar raised goes to help those who have no clean water, no sanitation, are unable to read and write, and have no shelter. There is no greater force in the world for world peace and the eradication of poverty. This foundation changes lives.

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In full disclosure, I have been a member of Rotary since the 90's. Rotary amazes all who are touched by it because it relies on more than 1.2 million fellow members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. What makes it unique is that we form teams across borders through special projects which grow out of a single vision of a single member. Because of this international commitment to volunteer as a team the administrative costs are one of the lowest in the world. Rotary is a global humanitarian organization with a seat at the UN and with men and women who are business, professional and community leaders with a shared commitment to make the world a better place through humanitarian service. I have found no other organization which gives so much with so little overhead cost and shares the same reliable set of business ethics as I have .
Alice Neily Mutch
Annapolis, Maryland, USA

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I've been a member of Rotary since 2003, and immediatley began serving as a local and international volunteer. For the past few years I've been focused on clean water projects in Central America. Last year we dedicated the first, entirely solar powered, community wide potable water system in a rural village in El Salvador. This would not have been possible without the support of local clubs in multiple districts in Michigan, Ohion, Indiana and Ontario, nor especially without the help of The Rotary Foundation. We are continuing to build ecologically friendly, solar powered and UV filtered community potable water systems and look forward to the continued support of The Rotary Foundation. Thanks!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been involved in working with Rotary Clubs and other organizations in developing, leading and implementing these water projects, including coordinating with local host clubs and writing the grant requests supported by The Rotary Foundation. If you want to see results, check this website: http://cocoda.weebly.com/projects.html

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

TRF and Rotary is implementing a beta test of Future Vision, which provides for more District-level control of the granting management process, which I believe will assist Rotarians in implementation of a more nimble project managment structure, creating a faster turnaround on project wrapup and allowing clubs to move to other project implementations more quickly.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Increase publicity of the projects for which grants have been provided. Help coordiate delegations to key project sites so that donors from outside of Rotary International could see the work of Rotarians first hand. Highlight successful project management methodologies that support the development and implementation of sustainable projects.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I'm a Certified Public Accountant by training and I've learned so much about building and implementing clean water projects through workshops, seminars and speaking engagements that I've been asked to participate in. Many people think that I must have an engineering background to be involved in these projects. All you need is the desire to be involved and make a difference.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Volunteering on these delegations and sharing my experiences with the delegates, and learning from members of these affected communities has a huge impact on my desire to continue to be involved in expanding the project methodologies thorughout projects in Central America and the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Inthe past 2 1/2 years I have gone with organization to immunize children in both Bangladesh and Nigeria. While I was there in both countries I saw how the Rotary Foundation provided the funding to buy the vaccine and volunteers to immunize 24 million Children in Bangladesh. In Nigeria the Rotarians actually worked with village elders, and mullahs to convince them to allow Rotarians and Health Care works access to schools so that children 5 years and younger could be immunized. Since 2009 Rotary in partnership with WHO, Unicef and the Center for disease control have reduced the # of cases to 3 in the country for the first half of 2010. Additionally I witnessed that the Rotary Foundation was providing funding for Water and Sanitation projects to drill wells for safe drinking water, Pond Sand filters in Bangladesh, Eye Clinics, Health Clinics, Polio Rehabilitation surgery ands therapy, Mosquito netting, Perinatal care. If there was acause they were addressing it on there own and in partnership with other Non Goverment Organizations. All Rotarians are VOLUNTEERS and pay there own way for travel/transfers/accomodations while on volunteer trips and in there daily lives. This assist the Rotary Foundation to have a very low administrative cost factor. Within the past year the Gates Foundation has made two matching Grant Challenges to the Rotary Foundation for a total of 355 Milion dollar (US). This is to be matched by the $200 milion from the Rotary Foundation which will be collected within three years. The foundation has already raised 120 million. I have since made a major donation to this foundation and I highly recommend to those who are looking to put the donation to work and to make a difference around the world and in the USA.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Bangladesh and India in 2007. Kano, Nigeria in 2009.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

That it is ALL volunteers and that such a large percentage of the donations go to grants.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

This is a volunteer organization so that all Rotarians are there on there own time, at there own expence and really want help there fellow man.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

This organization would give the the mosty efficient use of your donated money. It would also provide no cost stewardship to help maintain there project or Polio Plus

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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