Rotary Foundation

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About

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians 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 Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Supporters of the Foundation who give $1,000 (cumulatively) are named Paul Harris Fellows and are awarded pins for each $1,000 thereafter. Supporters who give over $1,000 annually become members of the prestigious Paul Harris Society.

History

In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Various humanitarian and educational programs have been promoted and funded by the foundationto foster projects related to community and international service. These come primarily in the form of matching grants which allows clubs to leverage its own funds along with foundationfunds to perform or administer larger projects than would otherwise be possible.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.

RCCC Support of The Rotary Foundation

RCCC has always been a strong supporter of the Foundation as evidenced by its 114 Paul Harris Fellows and 15 Paul Harris Society members. The Club has a committee devoted to promoting Foundation giving and recognizing those who accept that challenge.

To learn more about becoming a RCCC member, please visit our Join Us page.