The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Doing Good in the World

aka The Rotary Foundation   |   Evanston, IL   |  https://www.rotary.org/en/about-rotary/rotary-foundation

Mission

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need. Using Rotary Foundation grants, Rotary's 35,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies.

Ruling year info

1983

Trustee Chair

Mr. John Germ

Chief Executive Officer & General Secretary

Mr. John Hewko

Main address

1560 Sherman Ave

Evanston, IL 60201 USA

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EIN

36-3245072

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (T12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Polio eradication

Polio eradication is Rotary’s top philanthropic priority. Rotary launched the PolioPlus program in 1985. In 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries. Since then, more than 3 billion children have been immunized against polio, and the incidence of polio has decreased 99.9 percent.

Population(s) Served

Rotary Peace Fellowships enable individuals to pursue either a graduate degree in peace-related fields such as international development, peace studies, or conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies, at one of the seven Rotary Peace Centers. Fellowships cover transportation, tuition, qualified internships, room and board, and other limited expenses for the duration of the program. Fellowships are supported by a pool of funds contributed by districts from their District Designated Fund, through term gifts, Rotary’s Endowment Fund, and the World Fund.

Population(s) Served

District grants are block grants that enable clubs and districts to address immediate needs in their communities and abroad. Districts may request up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund for one grant annually to support district- and club-sponsored activities, including vocational training teams, scholarships, humanitarian service projects, and cultural exchanges that align with the Foundation’s mission.

Global grants offer clubs and districts opportunities to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities. These grants fund large scale international humanitarian projects, vocational training teams, and graduate and postgraduate scholarships that have sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of Rotary’s areas of focus. Activities may be carried out individually or in combination; for example, one grant may support a vocational training team and a related humanitarian project.

Population(s) Served

Rotary’s disaster response grants provide a fast and effective way to respond to local events. The Rotary Foundation recently added COVID-19 projects to its list of eligible activities for these grants. Each district can apply for one grant (of up to $25,000) to address COVID-19, depending on the availability funds. Disaster response grants are funded by the Rotary Disaster Response Fund to help districts around the world respond to disasters.

Population(s) Served

Programs of Scale provides Rotary members with longer-term resources to implement large-scale, high-impact programs in our areas of focus. Together, we seek to increase our impact by measuring our progress, and sharing the learning generated from our programs throughout the Rotary world.

Each year, Programs of Scale supports a competitive grant process resulting in one award of US$2 million from The Rotary Foundation that is distributed over a three- to five-year period to a club- or district-sponsored program showing success and readiness to expand to help more people in more places.

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Where we work

Awards

World's Outstanding Foundation 2016

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Polio eradication

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Rotarians and communities in which Rotarians live.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Rotary Peace Centers Curriculum and certification programs were enhanced in response to feedback and expansion of the number of Rotary Peace Centers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has revised project evaluation forms to increase transparency and learning, and has increased accessibility of information to enhance our ability to be a learning organization.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Board of directors
as of 10/20/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. John Germ

The Rotary Foundation

Term: 2021 - 2022

John Germ

The Rotary Foundation

Marcelo Haick

The Rotary Foundation

Jorge Aufranc

The Rotary Foundation

Per Høyen

The Rotary Foundation

Hsiu-Ming Lin

The Rotary Foundation

Ian Riseley

The Rotary Foundation

Gulam Vahanvaty

The Rotary Foundation

SangKoo Yun

The Rotary Foundation

Larry Lunsford

The Rotary Foundation

Mark Maloney

The Rotary Foundation

Geeta Manek

The Rotary Foundation

Aziz Memon

The Rotary Foundation

Akira Miki

The Rotary Foundation

Barry Rassin

The Rotary Foundation

Hendreen Rohrs

The Rotary Foundation

John Hewko

The Rotary Foundation

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2021,

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