The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity which the club supports each year through different programmes
The Rotary Foundation celebrated
its centennial anniversary in 2016/17. Former Rotary International President
Arch Klumph’s idea for an endowment fund dedicated to ‘Doing Good In The World’
planted the seed for The Rotary Foundation in 1917.
That one idea and an initial contribution of $26.50 set in motion a powerful force for good that has transformed millions of lives around the globe over the decades. Over the last 100 years, the Foundation has spent over $3 billion on humanitarian programmes across the world. This includes spearheading the movement to eradicate polio globally, as well as facilitating projects which address Rotary’s Six Areas of Focus, namely:
DISEASE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
WATER AND SANITATION
MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH
BASIC EDUCATION AND LITERACY
ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity and we all subscribe to it, making it one of the world's largest charities. Clubs and groups of Clubs can use the money to part fund their local and international charities. If we collect so much towards a particular project, then the Rotary Foundation contributes also allowing us to fund large projects.
This year, our club, Shepperton Aurora, is helping to fund equipment in Manor Meade Schoo, Shepperton, a school for the severely disabled, and also providing clean water facilities for a poor village in Peru.