The Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Foundation, Rotary's own charity, is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and Friends of the Foundation; it has the largest and most prestigious privately-funded international fellowship & scholarship programs in the world.
Its mission is to support the efforts of Rotary International enabling Rotarians achieve international understanding, goodwill, and peace through international humanitarian, education and cultural exchange programmes.
Since 1917, Rotary's foundation has spent more than $3.7 billion helping people and communities.
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 7 Sustaining Members.
Every dollar contributed to the Foundation funds its support of programs implemented by clubs and districts and its global polio eradication activities.
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.
The Rotary Foundation offers different types of grants to assist the wide variety of projects that Rotarians are doing around the world - more here...
Foundation Scholarships and Fellowships
Rotary recognises the vital role of promoting peace through education and offers various scholarships and Fellowships - more 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 with many awards - more here...
The Club is honoured to have received these awards on behalf of all the members.