Five reasons to give to The Rotary Foundation

Polio immunization activities in Ethiopia. Your generous giving supports our work to rid the world of polio.

Polio immunization in Ethiopia. Your generous giving supports our work to rid the world of polio.

By Rotary Voices staff

When you make a donation to The Rotary Foundation, you are helping Rotary members make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world, by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, and providing clean water and sanitation.

Here are just a few ways your generosity is changing lives.

  1. Eradicating polio

Thanks to you, we are This Close to ending polio. Through your generous support, we have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against this disease. Only three countries have never stopped the transmission of the live virus. It only costs 60 cents for a dose of the polio vaccine. And every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication is matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tripling your impact.  Watch our World Polio Day Livestream update, and give to end polio.

  1. Promoting peace and conflict resolution

Rotary’s most significant effort to wage 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.

  1. Supporting education

Through a Foundation grant and in partnerships with Auckland University of Technology, Rotary members in New Zealand brought tablet technology to students on Taveuni Island in Fiji, creating a digital learning room. Watch a video of the project, and browse other education projects on Rotary Showcase.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

Have you made your Every Rotarian, Every Year contribution to the Annual Fund yet? What better time to do so than Foundation Month. Learn the many easy ways to give.

6 thoughts on “Five reasons to give to The Rotary Foundation

  1. I was proud to make my donation the other day. It was designated for the “End Polio Now” campaign only because I am a polio survivor and it is important to me that that task of freeing all children of this disease is accomplished. All the programs that you are helping are very important, but Polio is my cause.


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