The Rotary Foundation’s mission 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. TRF is primarily committed to granting funds for projects which align with Rotary’s seven areas of focus:
- Supporting the environment
- Promoting peace
- Providing clean water and sanitation
- Saving mothers and children
- Supporting education
- Growing local economies
- Fighting disease
The Rotary Endowment Fund is over $1 billion. Rotary strives to increase the value of your gift to the Endowment by preserving and investing your initial contribution and spending only a portion of the earnings. Anyone can donate to this fund through direct money contributions, transfer of appreciated stock, real estate or via planned gifts through one’s estate planning. Planned gifts to Rotary’s Endowment support the same life-changing programs forever.
Districts and clubs can request district grants when they have a small-scale or short-term project they wish to fund in the USA or other countries. These types of grants can help with local humanitarian projects or be used to help students in the way of scholarships or vocational training.
In District 7450, all clubs wishing to qualify for district grants must send a representative to the district’s annual Foundation Training Seminar.
Global grants may be used to fund larger-scale, international projects, including the USA. It is expected that those projects have sustainable and measurable outcomes and fall within Rotary’s six areas of focus. Global grants can fund humanitarian projects, graduate student scholarships, or vocational training teams. A community assessment is required for humanitarian projects or vocational training teams. The minimum overall budget for a global grant is $30,000. Both the district or club in the country where the activity is carried out and the international partner district or club must first become qualified before applying for a global grant.
In District 7450, all clubs wishing to qualify for global grants must send a representative to the district’s annual Foundation Training Seminar. Global grant activities must be supported by the benefiting community and led by Rotary members, and they must have measurable results and an impact that will continue after the grant funds have been spent.
Peace & Conflict Resolution
One of the keystones toward peace are the Rotary Peace Fellowships, of which the Rotary Foundation awards up to 100 each year. The fellowships include a field study or internship and pay for round-trip transportation, room and board, tuition and fees, and sundry expenses.
Up to 50 Peace fellowships are granted for master’s degree programs. Up to another 50 fellowships are granted for professional development and certificate studies.
- Seven Rotary Peace Centers exist at universities around the world, including:
- Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill (USA)
- International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan)
- University of Bradford (Bradford, England)
- University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia)
- Uppsala University (Uppsala, Sweden)
- Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand)
PolioPlus is Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio (the ‘plus’ is protection against other vaccine preventable diseases). Contributions to the Polio Plus Campaign have helped to immunize 2.5 billion children in 122 countries to date. $3 is the average cost to fully protect a child against polio. Since the campaign’s inception in 1985, there has been a worldwide reduction in polio cases of 99.9%. October 24th is World Polio Day and an opportunity to both create visibility around this cause and serve as a reminder to fundraise.
On the “plus” side: Disease prevention allows better school attendance and scholastic performance. That will later on lead to better employability and higher incomes. Families will save from unnecessary healthcare costs of sick children with vaccine-preventable diseases. The “Plus” in PolioPlus is thus a broad agenda.
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