Overview of Supporting Funds of The Rotary Foundation

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Contributions to the Rotary Foundation funds enable Rotarians to carry out humanitarian and educational projects on a regional, national and international basis.

Donors may direct their gifts to three main funds: the Annual Programs Fund, which supports the Foundation’s worldwide humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs; The Endowment Fund and the special PolioPlus Fund.

There are also two additional funds available for support: Rotary Peace Centers and Approved Foundation Grants.

There are many ways Rotarians can participate. Here is a summary of giving opportunities:

Supporting Rotary’s Current Work: Annual Fund & SHARE

The Annual Programs Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives around the globe. The APF supports worldwide humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.     Read details

 Supporting Rotary’s Future Work:  Endowment Fund

Rotary invites you to give a gift that will go beyond your lifetime: a donation to The Rotary Foundation’s endowment, the Permanent Fund. This fund enables individuals to combine their gifts into a significant force to address the world’s greatest needs for generations to come.    Read details

Supporting Rotary’s Continuing Work: PolioPlus

end_polio_nowRotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating polio. A strong push is needed now to end this tenacious disease once and for all. Contributions support immunization campaigns in developing countries where polio continues to infect and paralyze children.   Read details


Supporting Rotary Peace Centers

peaceThe Rotary Peace Centers equip future world and community leaders with the professional training and experience necessary to prevent and resolve conflict. Make a one-time or recurring gift to help create a world where peace is possible.     

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Supporting a Specific Cause

Promoting peace:  We provide education and training to strengthen peace efforts and support long-term peace-building in areas affected by conflict.

Fighting disease:  More than 100 million people are pushed into poverty each year because of medical costs. We help prevent the spread of major diseases such as polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria.

Providing clean water:  More than 2.5 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation facilities. We help communities develop sustainable water and sanitation systems and provide education on clean water and sanitation.

Saving mothers and children:  At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year due to malnutrition, poor health, and inadequate sanitation. We provide immunizations and antibiotics to babies, improve access to medical care, and help train health care providers.

Supporting education:  Worldwide, 67 million children have no access to education. We support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.

Growing local economies:  Nearly 1.4 billion unemployed people live on less than $1.25 a day. We help enhance economic and community development and create opportunities that empower individuals and entire communities.

Supporting A Specific Project: Approved Rotary Foundation Grants

Rotarians can make cash contributions to specific projects approved by the Foundation. Donations, which must be directed to an approved grant number, will be directly applied to the grant and further Rotary’s humanitarian work around the world. Grants may be either local or international in nature.  Read details