The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, 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.


    At the 1917 convention, outgoing R.l. President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed “The Rotary Foundation,” and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
    ​When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

  • PolioPlus

    When Rotary launched the PolioPlus programme in 1985, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries. Since 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased 99 percent. As of 2013, Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort totaled $1.2 billion. India was declared polio free in 2013.

  • Rotary Peace Fellowships

    Rotary Peace Fellowships enable individuals to pursue a graduate degree in international relations, peace, conflict resolution, and related subjects, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals who have already worked in careers related to international relations or peace and conflict resolution and who are committed to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace.



First formulated in 1910 and adapted through the years as Rotary’s mission expanded, the Object of Rotary provides a succinct definition of the organisation’s purpose as well as the club members’ responsibilities. The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis, of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

  • The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
  • High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
  • The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business and community life;


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