Why are Rotarians in over 200 countries and geographical areas focusing on the Rotary Foundation? The short answer is: because it is time to give to the Foundation so the Foundation can give back to us.
Huh? Most people join Rotary to meet people and to volunteer in their own communities. Who needs a Foundation to do that? WE DO, so we can make positive, lasting changes in our communities and the world.
The Rotary Foundation funds international activities such as Rotary International’s partnership with the WHO, UNICEF, the CDC and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate polio. In 1988, polio existed in 125 of the 196 (64%) of the countries in the world. Today, there are three (3) Endemic countries left and 2.5 Billion children have been immunized against polio. Rotary clubs worldwide have contributed over $1.2 billion to end polio. That happened because Rotarians gave to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation works on the local level as well. Each club may apply for a Foundation grant to support their own humanitarian projects, scholarships and training. We give to the Foundation so that all clubs may benefit.
The Rotary Foundation does not spend money to make money, Donations are invested for three years and then disursed to programs and grants. A portion of the interest income pays for promoting and managing the Foundation. All – 100% – of the donations made by Rotarians goes to projects, scholarships and training.
Rotary brings together people like you – from all walks of life – who want to use their expertise for good. People whose sense of responsibility inspires them to give back to their communities. At Rotary, we connect for good – and form lifelong friendships in the process. Together, we work as Rotarians to:
- Construct playgrounds
- Feed the hungry
- Honor our veterans
- Build dog parks
- Clothe mothers and children
- Fight to end polio
- Beautify our parks
- Teach children how to read
- Provide access to homes
- Promote adoption awareness
- Give humanitarian relief
- Educate the next generation through leadership programs
Rotary makes a significant different in the lives of the people we touch, And, we all have full time jobs! With 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide, our global community’s impact has never been greater – and it continues to grow.
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