Rotary Foundation - Rotary's charity


A warm welcome to my fellow District 1220 Rotarians and anyone else who has landed here!

All Rotarians know that Rotary is as much about making a difference as making a friend. Your District team know that Rotary International’s only charity – The Rotary Foundation, helps us to cost effectively and accountably make that difference at home and abroad. We donate our time and money to help implement the achievements of our Foundation and rely on the ongoing support of fellow Rotarians to make that possible.

Thanks for everything you help make possible and do have a browse to see our District 1220 perspective on how the remarkable world of The Rotary Foundation works.

John Cavey
District 1220 Foundation Chair
Derby South Rotary
February 2020

What’s it All About?

In our 2019-20 year Rotary Foundation funds have supported 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide with 1349 Global Grants totalling £95.6 million, including the District 1220 Wollaton Park clinic project in Nepal and the Sri Lankan Covid 19 project supported by D1220. A further £20 million supported District Grants around the world, including £32,000 to foodbanks nominated by thirty eight District 1220 clubs. Since March 2020 $32 million has been spent on Covid 19 related grants of which D1220 received £20,000. It is impossible to overstate the positive impact these grants, which are initiated, overseen and accounted for by your fellow Rotarians, make in the lives of the recipients.

Your Foundation impact is recognised.

For the 13th consecutive year, The Rotary Foundation has received the highest rating — four stars — from Charity Navigator, the independent evaluator of charities in the U.S.
The Foundation earned the recognition for adhering to sector best practices and executing its mission in a financially efficient way, demonstrating both strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

Only one percent of the organisations Charity Navigator evaluates, have received 13 consecutive 4-star evaluations. The rating reflects Charity Navigator’s assessment of how the Rotary Foundation uses donations, sustains its programs and services, and practices good governance and openness. Congratulations to our professional Foundation team and the volunteer Rotarians all over the world that made this possible.

Foundation helps transform your support into projects that change lives.

With your help, we can continue to make lives better in your community and around the globe.

During the past 100 years, The Rotary Foundation has spent billions of £’s on life-changing sustainable projects, and we thank you for your support.

The most important action you can take is direct project involvement by initiating, implementing, fundraising or accounting for a successful project. Actions that will introduce you to other Rotarians, project partners and the project beneficiaries.

The Global network of over 1.2 million Rotarians is your oyster to enjoy!

The decision to get directly involved in a project is yours. Supporting Rotary by sharing The Rotary Foundation story with your friends and financially, so that all Rotarian volunteers can benefit from our family of friends is a key responsibility for every Rotarian.

Love and Money

Just like any other charity it takes the love and money of our supporters to make what we do possible.

Our financial building block is the “Every Rotarian Every Year” campaign for our Annual Fund which provides individual Rotarians with the exclusive opportunity to donate $100 annually to sustain their Foundation and be recognised as Sustaining Members.

Rotarians pay various fees to cover the administration of the membership organisation but “Every Rotarian Every Year” is the only annual charitable request made by Rotary International to Rotarians. The success of the appeal is incredibly important to our future.

The $100 you contribute has $5 deducted towards meeting Rotary Foundation operating expenses; the balance is invested for three years and the earnings from this investment are also used to support the operating costs of your Foundation. After three years, $47.50 from every donation is returned to the District Designated Fund of the Rotarians local District. The District uses these funds to pay for the Foundation, club, and district projects the clubs in the district choose.

The remaining $47.50 is allocated to the World Fund of The Rotary Foundation and supports global Grants and Rotary’s highest-priority programs, which are available to all Rotary districts around the world.
Every $ contributed earns a Paul Harris Fellowship point and 1000 points are required for the fellowship of this prestigious organisation.

Your gift to the Annual Fund helps Rotary clubs take action today to create positive change in communities at home and around the world. Your contributions help us strengthen peace efforts, provide clean water and sanitation, support education, grow local economies, save mothers and children, and fight disease – encouraging your involvement in a Foundation project or program is the most important objective of the campaign.

Learn more about our structure and our foundation and our strategic vision.

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