Rotary is more than a service organization that’s making a difference in your community. We’re an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world.
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.
Contributions to The Rotary Foundation make it possible for clubs to transform lives worldwide. Your generous support funds projects in six important areas: Peace and Conflict Prevention/Resolution, Disease Prevention and Treatment, Water and Sanitation, Material and Child Health, Basic Education and Literacy, and Economic and Community Development.
In countries like Uganda, where malaria is a major health concern, bed nets offer a safe, peaceful night’s rest. In Paraguay, a Bunsen Burner can be used to teach new mothers to safely warm breast milk for nursing their newborns. In Indonesia, tiled water tubs improve community health by providing clean water and preventing the spread of dengue fever. And in Olympia, a permanent play area allows homeless children a safe place to play and learn.
Annual Fund contributions help support Rotary’s humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. When you make a donation to The Rotary Foundation you are making a donation to the same fund that helps people locally and around the world.
Hawks Prairie Rotary
Every month of the Rotary year there is a different theme highlighting an element of Rotary. November is The Rotary Foundation month or “TRF Month.”
In 1917 at the Rotary International convention in Atlanta, RI President Arch Klumph suggested that Rotary “…should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.” The first donation to the Rotary Endowment Fund (it’s original title) was a total of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri. The 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta will mark the Centennial Anniversary (100 Years) of The Rotary Foundation.
From it’s humble beginnings the Rotary Foundation now has a Permanent Fund, a General Fund, and specific dedicated funds such as Polio Plus that ensure that RI can “do good in the world” not only today, but many years into the future.
The Rotary Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator, an independent evaluator of charities in the U.S. In the most recent ratings, released on September 1, 2016, The Rotary Foundation earned the maximum 100 points for both financial health and accountability and transparency.
During the Month of November I will be sharing thoughts on the past, present, and future of TRF and how as members you can make a difference in the world through your donations.
Hawks Prairie Rotary