Rotary Action Groups are international, RI-recognized groups whose members have expertise and experience in a particular area of specialization. They use their knowledge, passion, and global network to help clubs and districts plan and implement impactful service projects. By bringing expertise, partners, funding resources and best practices to projects, they help clubs scale up smaller projects to larger, higher impact, more sustainable international initiatives. 

 

Every year, each Action Group submits a report of activities and finances to Rotary International. Additional information about Action Groups can be found online, here:  www.rotary.org/actiongroups 

Action Groups at a Glance.  Since Action Groups were first recognized by the Rotary International (RI) Board of Directors in 2005, they have grown in impact and reach around the world. The following provides a broad look at membership, finances, and general highlights for RAGs during the Rotary Year ending June 30th, 2020.  

Membership. In 2019 - 20, 25 groups reported a combined membership of 25,242 in more than 150 countries worldwide. Excluding the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health, which reported the largest membership of any group at 8,216 members, the average size of each RAG is around 709 members. On average, each Action Group represents 45 countries with its membership. The Rotary Action Group for Peace and Rotary Action Group for Blood Donation reported the highest geographical representation with 124 and 122 countries, respectively. The leading ten countries with the highest concentration of Action Group members reported in 2019-20 are USA, Canada, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mexico, Germany, and Brazil. 

Administration. Action Groups are independent, international entities. Each group oversees its own governance, membership, and activities in accordance with Rotary International (RI) policies. Groups also independently elect their board of directors and executive officers based on the guidelines outlined in the Action Groups Standard Bylaws. The average size of each Rotary Action Group’s board is eleven members. Each Action Group’s board represents five countries on average. The Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health reported the largest board with 22 members in 2019-20. 15 of the 25 Action Groups have a charitable entity status and four Action Groups have paid staff who manage their administrative work. 

Service Impact. Rotary Action Groups supported 1,797 projects in total during the Rotary Year ending June 30th, 2020. Among those: 1,573 were club projects, 72 were district projects, and 54 were multi-district projects. Rotary Action Groups raised US$317,620 in total, which was used solely for supporting club and district projects. 16 of 25 Action Groups reported supporting at least one Rotary Foundation-funded global grant project in 2019-20. Those 16 Action Groups reported assisting with 70 TRF global grant projects in total. 

Finances. Together, these groups reported a combined income of US$1,255,270 from membership dues, grants, and other charitable contributions. The combined income of Action Groups grew by 3.07% in the Rotary year ending June 30th, 2020. 22 groups required members to pay either annual or lifetime membership dues. The average annual membership cost was US$31 and average lifetime membership cost was US$130. Some Action Groups offer three-year or five-year membership options and rely on ongoing financial support from their members. Action Groups reported expenses of US$754,149 in support of international humanitarian service projects and other activities. At year end, RAGs reported combined net assets of US$1,391,421. The Disaster Network of Assistance RAG reported the highest revenue with US$469,752 and the Rotary Action Group for Reproductive, Maternal, and Child Health reported the highest expenditures with US$198,597. 

Action Groups Activity at the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention

Action Groups actively participated in the 2020 Rotary Virtual Convention: many hosted booths and breakout sessions. 

Recordings of these breakout sessions are available on Rotary’s Learning Center:  

Rotary Action Groups Elevate Rotary's Impact and Reach hosted by RI Staff ; Link to recording: https://learn.rotary.org/members/share/asset/view/1916  
  • Learning From WASH Failures, hosted by Water Sanitation and Hygiene Rotary Action Group ; Link to presentation materials on learning center: https://learn.rotary.org/members/share/asset/view/1914  

  • How to Start and Manage Microfinance Projects/Cómo iniciar y administrar proyectos de micro finanzas RAGM (presented in Spanish) hosted by Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development (formerly RAGM) ; Link to recording: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cY1Ocq51hB  

  • Greening Rotary Events: Be Plastic-free, Offset Carbon, and More! hosted by Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group ; Link to recording: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cY1ZY25VEZ  

  • Ending Modern Day Slavery, Engaging our Rising Rotarians hosted by Rotary Action Group Against Slavery; Link to recording: https://learn.rotary.org/members/share/asset/view/1897  

  • What Can I Do As A Rotarian To Help End Alzheimer's? hosted by Alzheimer’s/Dementia Rotary Action Group ; Link to recording: https://learn.rotary.org/members/share/asset/view/1913 

Sessions without a recording:  

  • Educating Girls: A Long-Range Community Investment hosted by Literacy Rotarian Action Group.  

  • The World Environment of Rotary and the United Nations hosted by Environmental Sustainability Rotary Action Group

Additional information about Action Groups can be found online, here:  www.rotary.org/actiongroups