The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians 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 Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians and other contributors can help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment, or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realize Rotary’s humanitarian mission throughout the world, including its number-one goal of eradicating polio.
In 2005-06, The Rotary Foundation received contributions totalling US$111.9 million and spent $108 million in support of humanitarian and educational programs implemented by clubs and districts.
These contributions go into three main funds:
Annual Program Fund, which provides grants and awards through Foundation programs
Permanent Fund, an endowment from which only a portion of the earnings are spent in support of Foundation programs, ensuring the long-term viability of the Foundation
PolioPlus Fund, which supports Rotary’s dream of a polio-free world