Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own and only charity
and celebrated its centennial anniversary in 2016/2017.

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Foundation is Rotary’s own charity. That means it is also our charity. Foundation causes are Promoting Peace, Fighting Disease, Providing Clean Water, Supporting Education, Saving Mothers and Children, and Growing Local Economies.

We will support Foundation causes in various ways.

We will consider special projects that help raise funds for Rotary’s End Polio campaign. We will look for ways to include club members and community partners such as Broadmead School to not only raise funds but just as importantly informing people of the benefits of the work done.

We will look to partner with International clubs, either individually or collectively through our Eurostar partners, to engage with supporting local in-country projects providing benefits to those communities.

We will continue to grow our partnership with Broadmead School, and others, to engage the community in projects that directly relate to Foundation causes.

Where possible and practicable we will look for ways to raise funds for Foundation causes, in particular ending polio, a cause we have long supported.

We will encourage club members to support Foundation by participating in the schemes for direct donations.

When funds allow we will make an annual donation from our club to Foundation.

Finally, we will use our club newsletter and website to inform members and other readers of information of interest.

[What is Rotary Foundation? See below.]


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 Rotarys 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.

What is Rotary Foundation? 

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 Rotarys 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 worlds 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

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