Contributions to the Rotary Foundation funds enable Rotarians to carry out humanitarian and educational projects on a regional, national and international basis.
Donors may direct their gifts to three main funds: the Annual Programs Fund, which supports the Foundation’s worldwide humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs; Permanent Fund, an endowment; and the special PolioPlus Fund.
There are also two additional funds available for support: Rotary Peace Centers and Approved Foundation Grants.
There are many ways Rotarians can participate. Here is a summary of giving opportunities.
The Annual Programs Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives around the globe. The APF supports worldwide humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages all Rotary club members to help Rotary reach our goal to support The Rotary Foundation financially each year.
Designating a Gift
You can direct your Annual Fund gift to SHARE, the World Fund, or an area of focus fund.
SHARE is the primary source of funding for Rotary Foundation programs. It's also the only Annual Fund designation that generates funding for the District Designated Fund. Rotary districts use their DDF to pay for the Foundation activities they choose to participate in.
Establish your legacy by ensuring The Rotary Foundation can meet the world's vital needs for generations to come. Your gift helps us prevent disease, promote peace, and advance communities well into the future.
You can designate the spendable earnings from your endowed gift to SHARE, which makes a portion available to support, club, and district projects.
The World Fund provides the necessary funding for our highest priority activities around the globe. Fifty percent of SHARE-designated contributions are applied to the World Fund. You can also designate the spendable earnings from your endowed gift entirely to the World Fund, to be used for critical activities.
Rotary, along with our international partners, has reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent worldwide since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. We are close to eradicating polio, but we need your help. Whether you have a few minutes or a few hours, here are some ways to make a global impact and protect children against polio forever.
Rotarians have helped immunize more than 2.5 billion children against polio in 122 countries. For as little as $0.60, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
Gifts to the PolioPlus Fund are eligible for Paul Harris Society recognition. You can maximize support for polio eradication within your club and your community by organizing a fundraiser.
Rotarians can make cash contributions to specific projects approved by the Foundation. Donations, which must be directed to an approved grant number, will be directly applied to the grant and further Rotary's humanitarian work around the world. Grants may be either local or international in nature.
Contributors are not restricted to contributing to foundation grants involving their own clubs or districts. Contributors are encouraged to contact their district foundation to make arrangements to contribute to projects originated in their region. Click on the resource button to contact the appropriate foundation officer who can assist you.
Through academic training, study, and practice the Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who become catalysts for peace and conflict prevention and resolution in their communities and around the globe. Graduates of the program are reintegrating refugees in Sudan, creating jobs for disadvantaged women in India, and supporting reconstruction in devastated regions of the world.
Rotary Peace Centers
Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are chosen to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs. We have peace centers around the globe at:
- Chulalongkorn University, Thailand (certificate program)
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Japan
- University of Bradford, England
- University of Queensland, Australia
- Uppsala University, Sweden
- Newly added in 2020, Makerere University, Uganda
You can support the Rotary Peace Centers program with your gift. Naming opportunities are available.