The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others.
Funds contributed to The Rotary Foundation are spent in support of humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and their operations.
Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out worthy projects worldwide.
Contributions to Rotary Foundation funds enable Rotarians to carry out humanitarian and educational projects. Donors may direct their gifts to three main funds: Annual Programs Fund, which supports the Foundation’s humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs worldwide; Permanent Fund, which provides an endowment and the PolioPlus Fund.
The Rotary Club of Mitchelton and individual Rotarians contribute to the Rotary Foundation to support a range of projects:
Humanitarian Programs (seek link to the Rotary International website for more details)
PolioPlus: Since the PolioPlus program’s inception in 1985, more than two billion children have received the oral polio vaccine. Mitchelton Rotary Club undertakes a number of activities each year to financially support this key Rotary program.
Other humanitariarian programs undertaken through the Rotary Foundation include:
Ambassadorial Scholarships – The Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship programs in the world. Scholars study in a different country, where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill.
Group Study Exchange (GSE) – Annual awards are made to paired Rotary districts to cover travel expenses for a team of non-Rotarians from a variety of professions. Rotarian hosts organize a four- to six-week itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest.
Rotary World Peace Fellowships – Each year, up to 110 scholars are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master’s-level degree.