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Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

  • Evanston, IL
  • http://www.rotary.org

Mission Statement

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation funded solely by voluntary contributions from members and friends of Rotary who support its mission to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace.

Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary’s 34,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects and provide scholarships and professional training opportunities that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies.

The Foundation is a worldwide leader in the effort to eradicate polio through its partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. When Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, more than 350,000 people were afflicted with polio each year, and the disease was endemic in more than 125 countries. Since 1988, Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative have immunized over 2.5 billion children, reducing the incidence of polio by 99 percent and eradicating it from all but three countries. Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion and many thousands of hours to the eradication effort.

The Foundation also funds the training of hundreds of peacemakers through the Rotary Peace Centers program, which enables fellows to pursue a master’s degree or professional certificate at one of Rotary’s partner universities. Through academic training, study, and practice, the fellows become leaders who promote peace and aid conflict resolution in their communities and around the world.

Main Programs

  1. Program Overview

service areas

International

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ruling year

1983

chief executive

Mr. Dong Kurn Lee

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co-chief executive

Mr. John Kenny

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Keywords

scholarships, humanitarian grants, polio eradication

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EIN

36-3245072

Also Known As

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Single Organization Support (Q11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

Program Overview

PolioPlus
Eradicating polio, a top Rotary priority, requires the immunization of every child in the world. As a result of the efforts of Rotary International and its partners, one billion children have been immunized against polio since 1987. Rotarians will celebrate the certification of a polio-free world by the year 2005, Rotary"s centennial year.

Through The Rotary Foundation"s PolioPlus Program, Rotarians will have contributed a half billion US dollars to the eradication effort. Of even greater significance has been the hundreds of thousands of local volunteers mobilized by Rotary clubs around the globe for polio eradication activities.

Humanitarian programs

The Rotary Foundation's Humanitarian Programs support a wide range of international service activities. Organized by Rotary clubs in at least two countries, humanitarian grants support projects that provide health care and supplies, clean water, food, job training and education -- particularly in the developing world.

The most widely used program is Matching Grants, which makes one-time awards to match contributions raised by clubs and districts for projects involving Rotary clubs in two or more countries. Each year, some 1,000+ Matching Grants are awarded by The Rotary Foundation.

Large-scale Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants support sustainable projects that improve health, help alleviate hunger, or enhance human development. 3-H Grants normally range from $100,000 to $500,000 and fund projects from one to three years.

Other Rotary Foundation programs include: Carl which provide funds for travel and related expenses incurred by Rotarians in exploring and planning new international service projects; Grants for Rotary Volunteers which cover travel costs and expenses for Rotarians, Foundation alumni, and Rotaractors who volunteer their services and professional expertise in another country; and Rotary Peace Programs which partially subsidize international conferences that focus on conflict resolution and ways to enhance the search for peace. Grants are also available to support international projects in non-Rotary countries and for disaster relief efforts.

Educational Programs The Rotary Foundation Educational Programs promote international understanding and peace through scholarships and cultural exchanges.

The Ambassadorial Scholarships Program sponsors some 1,300 scholars each year to study in a country other than their own. It is the largest privately sponsored international scholarships program in the world. While abroad Rotary scholars act as "ambassadors of goodwill," giving presentations about their homeland to Rotary clubs and other groups.

The Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange (GSE) program pairs Rotary districts in different countries to send and receive professional, non-Rotarian study groups.

Category

Human Services

Budget

$227,805,314.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

service areas

International

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The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Mr. Dong Kurn Lee

co-chief executive

Mr. John Kenny

BIO

Rotarian Lee joined the Rotary Club of Seoul-Hangang in 1971 and has served RI as president, director, treasurer, trustee, district governor and International Assembly training leader. He also has served as regional Rotary Foundation coordinator and zone and regional coordinator for membership development. He is chairman of the Polio Eradication Private Sector Initiative in Korea. He is a recipient of the foundation’s citation for meritorious service. in 1996, as district governor, Lee was recognized at the 87th RI Convention as the winner of the ‘Calgary Challenge’ for the most successful membership development efforts, chartering 32 new clubs and adding nearly 1,800 new members, making his district the leader across the Rotary world that year.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dong Kurn Lee

The Rotary Foundation

Term: July 2010 - June 2014

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