Posted on Nov 07, 2021
What is your Rotary, Rotaract or Interact Club doing in November 2021 to celebrate and focus on The Rotary Foundation?
As the charitable arm of Rotary, The Rotary Foundation (TRF) taps into the global network of the Rotary family who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact. Over the years, there have been many ideas, activities and initiatives which define how TRF transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world,
Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that TRF makes the very most of your contributions.

In 2021-22, our Rotary Foundation turns 105. That’s a century-plus of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that’s definitely something worth celebrating.

Through our Foundation, members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education, grow local economies and, most recently, protecting the environment. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate polio worldwide.

Share this impressive record with the world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary, Rotaract and Interact member, as well as, people in every community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.

When you make a donation to our Foundation, you are helping members of the Rotary family make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world, by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, providing clean water and sanitation and protecting the environment. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work! Please ask your friends to donate too.

Ways to Celebrate TRF

Here are just a few ways you can join in and commemorate TRF, its historic milestone and the work it does:
  • Plan a special Rotary Day and invite everyone in your community to participate. It can be anything from a concert to a race to a birthday party with a giant cake in the shape of the Rotary wheel.
  • Hold a fundraiser in your community to support a Foundation grant project, the Rotary Peace Centers, or PolioPlus.
  • Organize or participate in a global grant or district grant project.
  • Promote club or district projects that are funded by the Foundation.
  • Dedicate some club meetings to Rotary Foundation topics.
  • Challenge members to increase your club’s contributions to the Foundation.
  • Explore and utilize as your personal or club means to crowd fund or find specific activities to support TRF
There are many other ways you may find or know of to celebrate TRF in your community...find the ones that work best for you and your club.

Publicize your events

Promote your events and projects by contacting local media and by using social media.
Also, List the events on Rotary Showcase for more exposure.

5 Reasons To Give To The Rotary Foundation

When you make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, here are just a few ways your generosity is changing lives...

Eradicating polio
Thanks to you, we are closer than ever to ending polio. In September 2015, the World Health Organization removed Nigeria from the list of polio endemic countries after going a year without a reported case of the wild poliovirus. It has also been more than 3 years since the last case of the wild poliovirus anywhere on the African continent and in 2020 the WHO certified that the Continent is polio-free! Yet it’s no time to let up on our efforts. Although only Afghanistan and Pakistan are the two remaining countries with reported polio cases, keeping children protected from this virus and building on these achievements will require continued commitment and funding. And every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your impact. Use the World Polio Day resources,  watch and share videos on End Polio Now and give to the PolioPlus Fund.
Promoting peace and conflict resolution
Rotary’s most significant effort to promote peace is the Rotary Peace Centers program, established in 2002. Each year, the program trains some of the world’s most dedicated and brightest professionals, preparing them to promote national and international cooperation and to resolve conflict. They include graduates of a two-year master’s degree program and a three-month professional certificate program at Rotary’s partner universities. Watch a video highlighting Rotary Peace Fellows at work.
Supporting education
Through a Foundation grant and in partnerships with the Organization of American States, Rotary members in Maryland, USA, provided a training program for teachers in Quito, Ecuador, which included the use of new technology. At the conclusion of the program, each school selected one story written by a second, third, or fourth-grade student to include in a book illustrated with student art. Read more about the project, and browse other education projects on Rotary Showcase.
Fighting disease
In Tamil Nadu, India, two doctors, both members of the Rotary Club of Srirangam, discovered an alarming trend in the remote city outskirts of Trichy, women dying of breast cancer. They partnered with Rotary members in Maryland, USA, to purchase a large van, with the help of a Foundation global grant, and equip it with X-ray equipment. The “mammobus” has administered more than 2,500 free breast cancer screenings, and detected and treated early stage cancer in six women. Read more of the story and browse health-related projects on Rotary Showcase.
Ending hunger
In Seattle, Rotary members are diverting millions of pounds of fruit and vegetable from food waste into the hands of those who need it through Rotary First Harvest, a program of Rotary District 5030 (Washington, USA). Watch a video about the program, and browse other hunger projects on Rotary Showcase.