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The Rotary Foundation

Join Rotary’s 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies

When you give to The Rotary Foundation, you fuel our service projects – projects that eradicate polio, promote peace, and improve developing communities.

Giving works because Rotary works. We are proud that 91 percent of donations go straight to supporting our service projects.

Our 35,000 clubs carry out sustainable humanitarian service projects. Your donations train future peacemakers, support clean water, and strengthen local economies.


The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees. The operations of Rotary International, a member organization, are overseen by its Board of Directors.

Annual Fund-SHARE system:   Contributions to The Rotary Foundation are transformed into grants that fund local and international humanitarian projects, scholarships, and activities. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF.

At the end of three years, your district can use the DDF to pay for Foundation, club, and district projects that your club and others in the district choose. Districts may use up to half of their DDF to fund district grants. The remaining DDF may be used for global grants or donated to PolioPlus, the Rotary Peace Centers, or another district.

In a letter to the Foundation, Charity Navigator notes that “only 1 percent of the charities we evaluate have received at least 10 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that The Rotary Foundation outperforms other charities in America. This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets The Rotary Foundation apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness.”

91% of funds are spent directly on programs












2016-17 Cumulative
Annual Fund $140.2 million $2.5 billion
Endowment Fund $28.4 million $320.1 million
PolioPlus Fund $107.9 million $1.4 billion
Other $27.9 million $157 million
Total contributions  $304.4 million $4.4 billion
Program awards  and operations  $244.4 million Since 1947: $3.95 billion

For additional information, contact:

The Rotary Foundation

One Rotary Center

1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201-3698 USA Phone: +1-847-866-3000;  Fax: +1-847-328-4101 rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org


PROGRAMS (All figures are as of 30 June 2017 and in U.S. dollars.) PolioPlus. Since 1985, Rotary members have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio. As of June 2017, Rotary had committed more than $1.6 billion to global polio eradication, seeking to eliminate the virus in the last three countries where it remains endemic and to ensure that it does not return elsewhere. In 2016-17, program awards, including PolioPlus Partners grants, totaled $108.3 million.   

Rotary Peace Centers. Each year, the Foundation supports the training of peace fellows at six Rotary Peace Centers, where they earn master’s degrees or professional development certificates. Since 2002-03, 1,177 fellows from more than 120 countries have participated. In 2016-17, 95 fellows from 41 countries began their studies at the Rotary Peace Centers