The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity
and celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016/2017.
The Rotary Foundation is an endowment fund dedicated to ‘Doing Good In The World’, and over the past 100 years has spent over $3 billion on humanitarian programmes across the world. This includes spearheading the movement to eradicate polio across the world, as well as facilitating projects which address Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, and Economic and Community Development.
The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of creating a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.
The work of Rotary begins in the community, and every community has its own unique needs and concerns. While Rotary serves in countless ways, it has focused its efforts in the Six Key Areas. These encompass some of the world’s most critical and widespread humanitarian needs, in which Rotary has a proven record of success in addressing them.
Projects within the Six Areas of Focus are funded by a grant system operated between Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. This gives clubs the opportunity to apply for grants for projects which matter to them. Once a project is identified, clubs in Great Britain and Ireland partner with Rotary clubs in the host country to undertake the project. Additionally, clubs have the opportunity to partner with approved agencies to provide specialist input in the Six Areas of Focus.
Projects within the Six Areas of Focus are funded by a grant system operated between Rotary clubs and The Rotary Foundation. This gives clubs the opportunity to apply for grants for projects which matter to them. Once a project is identified, clubs in Great Britain and Ireland partner with Rotary clubs in the host country to undertake the project. Additionally, clubs have the opportunity to partner with approved agencies to provide specialist input in the Six Areas of Focus.The Rotary Club of Croydon annually donates £2000 from Club funds to the Foundation. In addition, members have also supported the End Polio Now campaign through holding World's Greatest Meal events and two ascents of the Millennium Dome 02 Arena. We have also supported Shelterbox for many years. (Since 2001 we have donated 24 Shelterboxes. To see where these have been deployed Click Here.)
Details of the Rotary Foundation Goals may be found in the latest Hand Book
How we supported Rotary Foundation during 2017-2018
In September 2017 we had a visit from David Cross, District Chairman for Foundation, who spoke about how Rotary Foundation is an endowment fund dedicated to ‘Doing Good In The World’, and over the past 100 years has spent over $3 billion on humanitarian programmes across the world. This includes spearheading the movement to eradicate polio across the world, as well as facilitating projects which address Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus: Peace and Conflict Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Basic Education and Literacy, Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, and Economic and Community Development.
In October we held a World’s Greatest Meal lunch event. Members, partners, friends and guests were entertained and kindly donated funds towards End Polio. The funds were increased by a unique auction of a Rotary teddy bear sporting an End Polio jumper. Guest speaker, Paul Hickson, spoke about his and his wife’s experience working with the End Polio team immunising the population in India.
In November we created a community partnership with Broadmead Primary School and joined with the Head Teacher, Sarah Hunter, and pupils planting crocus bulbs.The purple colour of the flowers is symbolic of Rotary’s campaign to eradicate polio. We were also joined by Councillor Toni Letts, Mayor of Croydon, who praised the pupils for their work. As part of the project the pupils also learned about the disease of polio and Rotary’s ongoing campaign. Crocus bulbs were also sold to club members to plant at their homes. The funds raised from this contributed to the clubs overall monies collected for End Polio.
In December I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and with surgery, recovery and recuperation I was unable to do much towards further fund raising. However an opportunity arose with the Purple Pinkies day and I set out my ideas to our President and other members who had been involved with the planting of the crocus bulbs at Broadmead Primary School.
So in March 2018 Sarah Hunter and the pupils at Broadmead Primary School joined in our celebration of Purple Pinkies day. A number of pupils had their fingernails dyed pink, using a non toxic dye, representing what happens to indicate the children across the globe who have been vaccinated against polio. Whilst not a fund raising event it gave was a great opportunity for the pupils to learn more about Rotary’s End Polio campaign.
Meanwhile, throughout the year the club participated in the Purple For Polio Jam Jar collection. Members were given, for free, a jar of plum jam and, when the jar was empty and cleaned, they collected their small change in the jars and when full brought them to the club for collation and adding to the fund.
Overall we had a successful year raising over £1,000 from various events that is due to be tripled by the Gates Foundation, and we had a lot of fun whilst we did it.
A message from Paul A. Netzel, Rotary Foundation Chair, 2017-2018:
Dear colleagues in Rotary service,
Peace touches nearly everything we do in Rotary.
Peace has been at the core of our organization since its earliest days, before
World War I. Rotarians added the “advancement of international peace and
goodwill” to our guiding principles at the 1921 convention in Edinburgh,
Scotland. At our convention in Havana, Cuba, in 1940, we adopted a resolution
calling for “freedom, justice, truth, sanctity of the pledged word and respect
for human rights” — principles that became the framework for the UN’s Universal
Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Rotarians were in London when the seeds were sown for what became UNESCO after
WWII. And in 1945, Rotarians participated in the conference in San Francisco,
California, USA, when the UN charter was written, perhaps one of the most
important meetings of the 20th century.
Our Rotary Foundation today works through our six areas of focus to serve as a catalyst for realizing a dream of a more peaceful world. Promoting peace is itself one of these areas, and our thriving Rotary Peace Centres, which annually train up to 100 of the next generation of peacemakers, are a testament to this commitment. Throughout the world, Rotary Peacebuilder Districts donate either $25,000 in Districted Designated Funds each year or $50,000 every other year to support the Rotary Peace Centres.
Through our other areas of focus, too, we work toward peace. By fighting diseases like polio, we are leading the way to a future with healthier, more stable communities. Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene promotes peace by reducing water disputes and enhancing a community’s food security.
Our Foundation’s grants support mobile health clinics, breastfeeding programs, and other projects that help mothers and children. In doing so they build stability in families, ultimately fostering a more peaceful society.
Supporting education fosters peace and civility by expanding intellectual capacity, opening minds, and exposing students to alternatives to violence. Enterprise thrives in peaceful communities, which is why Rotarians apply their expertise to grow local economies by organizing microloans and entrepreneurship, among other initiatives.
In these and countless other ways, we lead toward peace, partnering with fellow Rotarians and others from around the globe to develop meaningful, sustainable projects that will have a significant impact for our communities.
As you go about your Rotary work and plan your projects, take pride in the fact that, as Rotarians, we are all ambassadors of peace and understanding.
Thank you all for your amazing dedication!