The Rotary Foundation

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.

Arch C Klumph

Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property . . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of Rotary International.” Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children.

The Depression and World War II impeded the Foundation’s growth. After the war the need for lasting world peace generated greater interest in its development. After Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris, died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion. In 2003-04 more than $70 million was donated. More than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – (people who have given $1,000 to the Annual Programs Fund or have had that amount contributed in their name)

In 1947 Ambassadorial Scholarships were established. In 1965-66, three new programs were launched:

Group Study Exchange,Awards for Technical Training, Grants for Activities in keeping with the Objectives of The Rotary Foundation. (These were later called Matching Grants)

The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants programme was launched in 1978. In 1980 Rotary Volunteers were created as a part of that programme. In 1984-5 Polio Plus was announced. 1986 Rotary Grants for University Teachers were established 1987-88 saw the first peace forums held, leading to the Foundation’s Peace and conflict studies programmes.

Now The Rotary Foundation has a 15 person Board of Trustees. (Four of these must be past Rotary International World Presidents)

The Trustees appoint Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinators. They look after a Rotary Zone. Our Zone, New Zealand is (7 b).

Each of the 532 Districts in the world appoints a Chairman for a District Rotary Foundation Committee.

Each Club appoints a Director or Chair for a Club’s Rotary Foundation Committee.

We in this club make a $50 donation to the Rotary Foundation through our annual subscriptions. Some members also pay more directly to the Foundation through various payment options available.

Annual Programs Fund

Every Rotarian Every Year

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member

Contributes at least US$100 every year to the Annual Programs Fund

Rotary Nelson


US$100 Contribution

Two desks for elementary school in Honduras

50 mosquito nets for women and children in Tanzania

One year of tuition for a high school student in China

Paul Harris Fellow

Rotarian who contributes US$1,000 or in whose name $1,000 is contributed.

Paul Harris Fellow Paul Harris Fellow

Paul Harris Fellow

US$1,000 Contribution

One portable dental chair for dental care to indigenous children in Mexico

400 pairs of eyeglasses for patients in Nigeria

Micro credit loans for 23 women in the Philippines to support their families


A provision in estate plan to gift a minimum of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation

An outright gift of US$1,000 to Permanent Fund


Bequest Society

A provision in an estate plan totaling US$10,000 or more to the Foundation

Examples: living will, life insurance policy

Bequest Society

Over the years the Rotary Club of Nelson
has donated over US$ 100,000
to the Rotary Foundation

The purpose of the Rotary Foundation is to
promote “World Peace and Understanding”

Our Donations can go to the following Programmes

Donations to programmes

The Annual Programs Fund

This fund is where we usually send our donations. It is the one that gathers interest for three years and then can be used by us for educational, health or humanitarian purposes

In 2013 Grants from The Rotary Foundation will have to be focused on six areas of focus.

The Rotary Peace and Conflict Resolution Programme

Funds Peace scholars at selected Universities around the world

The Rotary Foundation and The Six Areas of Focus

 Peace and Conflict Resolution

 Disease Prevention and Treatment

 Water and Sanitation

 Maternal and Child Health

 Basic Education and Literacy

 Economic and Community Development

These can be the focus of District Grants to help our local community or Global Grants that assist another community in another part of the world.

The Rotary Foundation has international corporate sponsors than they can call upon for Packaged Grants that address large scale humanitarian problems.

The Permanent Fund

This fund provides for a secure financial future for the Foundation.

It is Rotary’s endowment fund.

Donations are invested in perpetuity, interest funds other activities.

It helps reduce the pressure and efforts of other fundraising efforts.

These funds also provide for international studies and conflict resolution and also for the eradication of Polio.

 Peace and Conflict Resolution

 Disease Prevention and Treatment