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About Foundation

About Foundation


The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charity, a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions; it has the largest privately-funded scholarship programme in the world. Its mission is to enable Rotarians to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and exchange programmes
Clubs donate to the Fund but as well as individual donations to the Fund it is also possible to support with a sustaining membership of $100pa or as a Foundation Benefactor with $1,000 in cash or by will. The Club thanks those members who have signed up to this commitment – we currently have 1 Benefactor and 4 Sustaining Members.

Every dollar contributed to the Foundation funds its support of humanitarian and educational programs implemented by clubs and districts and its global polio eradication activities.

Polio Eradication

Polio Eradication is Rotary's top priority and Rotary is committed to fighting Polio until every child is safe from this devastating disease. The Foundation's Polo Plus programme provides funding for mass immunisation campaigns as well as support for social mobilisation, surveillance and laboratories to help carry out the final stages of global polio eradication. Since 1985 Rotary members have contributed more than $900m and countless volunteer hours. The world now stands on the threshold of eradicating the disease. More about Rotary's and the Club's efforts can be seen here.

Foundation Grants

The Rotary Foundation offers different types of grants to assist the wide variety of projects that Rotarians are doing around the world.

District Grants
Rotary Foundation District Grants are block grants made by Districts to support activities that fit within the Foundation's mission. They allow clubs and districts to fund small short-term activities that address needs both in local and worldwide communities. They can cover service projects, scholarships and vocational training.

Global Grants
Rotary Foundation Global grants are bestowed by the Foundation and support larger international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes within the 6 areas of focus.

focuspeace Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
focusdisease Disease prevention and treatment
 focuswater Water and sanitation
focuschild Maternal and child health
 focuseduc Basic education and literacy
focusecon Economic and community development

Clubs and districts can either create their own global grant projects or sponsor packaged grants developed by The Rotary Foundation in collaboration with strategic partners. Club- and district-developed grants will receive a funding match from the Foundation. Packaged grants will be fully funded by the Foundation. The minimum total project cost for each global grant is $30,000.

Foundation Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation offers several types of scholarship. Full details can be seen here.

Club Involvement in Foundation

The Rotary Club of Belfast has provided generous financial support for Foundation particularly in the drive to eradicate Polio world wide and has supported its scholarship and exchange programmes as detailed on this website.

This has been recognised at District and International levels. The Club is honoured to have received several awards on behalf of all the members who made them possible. Thanks are due to all who have been involved.

The District Chris Croft Trophy 2008-9 - for making the best effort in Foundation Service.

The District Howard Caskie Foundation Award 2009-10 - for the highest per capita contribution to The Rotary Foundation - the Belfast Club having contributed the equivalent of £283 per member.

A Rotary Foundation Certificate of Appreciation 2009-10 for the Club’s financial support of the End Polio Now $200m Challenge having contributed $40,000 - the largest club contribution in RIBI

District Foundation Certificate January 2012 in recognition of exceeding District's club target with a contribution in excess of $6,000

District Chris Croft Trophy 2011-12 for having made largest contribution in RIBI to RI End Polio Now $200m Challenge of $41,855.53.

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Past DG Paul Hutchinson presenting President Arthur with the Croft Cup 2009 at the District Conference ADG Maurice Brooks presenting President Brian with the Foundation Certificate 2009-10

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