The Rotary Foundation

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The Mission of The Rotary Foundation is to support the efforts of Rotary International in the fulfillment of the Object of Rotary, Rotary’s Mission, and the achievement of world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs.

Specifically, the RI Board and the Trustees are committed to achieving the goals of eradicating polio through the completion of the PolioPlus program; to emphasizing and strengthening educational and cultural programs, which enhance goodwill and understanding; to making grants which fulfill humanitarian needs in all areas of the world; and to expanding programs intended to strengthen peaceful relations among people.

The RI Board and The Rotary Foundation Trustees have approved the following programs as tangible and effective means of furthering the objectives of the Foundation:

  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships
  • Rotary Centers for International Studies
  • Rotary Grants for University Teachers
  • Group Study Exchange
  • District Simplified Grants
  • Individual Grants
  • Matching Grants (Major and Minor)
  • Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants
  • PolioPlus
  • PolioPlus Partners

Key Foundation Programs
Group Study Exchange

The Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational opportunity for business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early years of their professional lives. The program provides travel grants for four to six weeks for teams of professional men and women to exchange visits between paired Rotary districts in different countries. Each team is composed of non-Rotarians and led by a Rotarian team leader.

The program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among men and women in the initial years of professional life to better prepare them to address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace.

It also provides World Community Service opportunities to establish humanitarian projects between the hosting and sending countries to address specific needs for health care, education, or other humanitarian concerns. Team members experience the host country’s institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

District Simplified Grants

District Simplified Grants are designed to support the service activities and/or humanitarian endeavors of districts. A district can request up to 20 percent of its DDF for a grant that can be used to support multiple projects locally or internationally. District Rotary Foundation chairs, in cooperation with the district governors-elect, request the grant funds.