Posted by Pete Leenhouts on Nov 01, 2019
This post introduces you to the scope of The Rotary Foundation (TRF) and explains how we as individual Rotarians and as a Club both support it and employ its capabilities to further our volunteer work.  

Rotarians are involved in their communities and those around the world. We engage in purely local activities to improve our communities, and we engage in local, district and global activities with the support of The Rotary Foundation. 

The Rotary Foundation is organized as a public charity operated exclusively for charitable purposes and governed by a Board of Trustees


The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 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 very well-documented, both online and in print. 

The Annual Report is the single best overview of the Foundation and its global activities.  

The Rotary Foundation (TRF), as Rotary’s charity arm, is an integral part of Rotary International. The Foundation is a nonprofit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of Rotary International who share Rotary's vision of a better world.  Individual Rotarians voluntarily donate the majority of funding used to implement the activities of The Rotary Foundation, which disburses over 250 million dollars annually to the causes we Rotarians support. Club dues are not used to support The Rotary Foundation. You’ll find the Foundation’s financial reports here.  


From nearly the very beginning of Rotary, Rotarians have been about service above self. In fact, the first service project was establishing public restroom facilities in Chicago. The Foundation itself was envisioned in 1917, and the very first donation to what later became the Annual Fund was made that same year. We are a service organization first and foremost.      

Today, The Rotary Foundation transforms our donations into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Over the past century, the Foundation has spent $3 billion dollars on life-changing, sustainable projects. Rotarians focus on six Causes (sometimes referred to as our “Areas of Focus”). In prioritized order, they are:

Promoting Peace and Conflict Prevention / Resolution

Disease Prevention and Treatment

Providing Clean Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Maternal and Child Health

Supporting Education

Economic and Community Development

All projects, scholars, and vocational training teams funded by global grants work towards specific goals in one or more of the Foundation’s six areas of focus. Find more detail, here

Rotarians contribute to our progress on the six causes through a variety of programs. Below, you’ll find a list of the programs, an introductory link, and our Club’s point of contact for each. 

The programs in which our Club is currently active are bolded, above. Your participation would be welcomed in any of Rotary’s programs or our Club’s projects and programs!


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