THE ROTARY FOUNDATION uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world..[/toggle]
[toggle title=”History of Rotary”]“WHATEVER ROTARY MAY MEAN TO US, TO THE WORLD IT WILL BE KNOWN BY THE RESULTS IT ACHIEVES.”
—PAUL P. HARRIS
Our 1.2 million-member organization started with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on 23 February 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member..[/toggle]
[toggle title=”Donations to Rotary”]WHAT WE DO WITH DONATIONS
Each year, gifts to The Rotary Foundation fund thousands of projects around the globe. Here are a few examples:
$1 million spent on rapid-response grants to fight polio outbreaks in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.
$98,500 spent to provide clean drinking water, irrigate crops, and establish fish farms in rural Kenya.
$25,550 spent to provide 600 indigent women in Honduras with business training and access to small loans, in partnership with microlender the Adelante Foundation.