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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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

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