The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation - Doing Good in the World

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.

Since its creation in 1917, The Rotary Foundation has become the largest non Government Foundation in the World.

Programs of The Rotary Foundation


Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease and that surveillance is strong, despite the poor infrastructure, extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries.

PolioPlus Partners

PolioPlus Partners is a program that has allowed Rotarians to participate in the polio eradication effort by contributing to specific social mobilization and surveillance activities in polio-endemic countries.

Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants

3-H grants fund large-scale, two- to four-year projects that enhance health, help alleviate hunger, or improve human development. Since 1978, 347 projects in 78 countries have been funded at a cost of $83 million, up from $84 million last year.

Matching Grants

Matching Grants provide matching funds for international service projects of Rotary clubs and districts. Since 1965, more than 34,000 Matching Grant projects in 200 countries have been funded at a cost of more than $430 million.

District Simplified Grants

District Simplified Grants support the short-term service activities or humanitarian endeavours of districts in communities locally or internationally. This program began in 2003-04, and over 3,050 grants have been awarded to 514 districts in 80 countries totalling more than $50 million.

Rotary World Peace Fellowships

Each year, up to 110 Rotary World Peace Fellows are sponsored to study at one of the six Rotary Centres for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a masters-level degree. Since the program’s inception in 2002-03, 700 fellows from over 90 different countries have participated at a cost of more than $35 million.

Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship programs in the world. Ambassadorial Scholars study in a country other than their own where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill. Since 1947, more than 41,000 scholars from over 130 countries have received scholarships at a cost of more than $542 million.

Group Study Exchange

These annual Group Study Exchange awards are made to paired Rotary districts to provide travel expenses for a team of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotarian hosts organise a four- to six-week itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest. Since 1965, about 70,000 individuals (15,000 teams) from 106 countries have participated at a cost of more than $113 million.