My fellow Rotarians and friends of
Why should we give to The
The month of November is The Foundation month in the Rotary Calendar. When
you donate to The Rotary Foundation, you are helping Rotary members make a
difference in the lives of millions of people around the world. By
contributing to the Foundation, you advance world understanding, goodwill,
and peace by improving health, the support of education, and the alleviation
We can always ask ourselves why we should make The Rotary Foundation our
charity of choice on Giving. I want to outline a few compelling reasons to
support The Rotary Foundation as there are many other ways to do good in the
Our accountability and transparency have earned The Rotary Foundation 12
straight years of four-star ratings - the highest possible - from
independent evaluator Charity Navigator. More than 90% of Foundation
funds are spent directly on programs. No high administrative costs
dilute your gift.
The Foundation partner with other organizations to increase our impact
and make your donations work even harder. When you give to Polio-Plus,
for example, you have the satisfaction of knowing that every $1 Rotary
commit to polio eradication is matched by $2 from the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation. Thanks to this partnership, all donations to end polio
(up to $50 million per year) are tripled, providing critical funding
toward creating a polio-free world.
A record of success
Rotary unites leaders who have the skills and resources to tackle some
of the world's most challenging problems and deliver sustainable,
long-lasting results. For example, for decades, Rotary has been a leader
in the battle against polio. With the help of our partners in the Global
Polio Eradication Initiative, we have reduced cases by 99.9% since 1988.
In addition, the infrastructure developed to facilitate both
immunizations and eradication is being used to fight and protect against
other diseases. For example, the method known as contact tracing was
critical to contain an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria in 2014.
Our 1.2 million members span the globe, uniting people who have a common
desire to serve others. From teaching children to read in Ecuador to a
microcredit program in Indonesia, Rotary members identify local problems
and use Rotary's vast network and the resources of The Rotary Foundation
to take action in their communities.
As people of action, Rotary members want to find ways to respond to
COVID-19, and to help people affected by Covid-19. The Rotary Foundation
offers several options that Rotarians can use to help care for and
protect people in their own communities and others around the world.
Bringing about peace
Peace holds a unique status in Rotary. We approach peace not as an
abstract concept but as a living, dynamic expression of human
development. As a humanitarian service organization, it is both a
cornerstone of our mission and one of our six areas of focus - one of
the main ways our members make their mark in the world.
Each year, the Rotary Peace Centres train some of the world's most
dedicated professionals to resolve conflicts and promote national and
international cooperation. Rotary Peace Fellows study in a two-year
master's degree program or a professional certificate program at
Rotary's partner universities. Rotary members also address the
underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic
tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of
Rotarians trust 'The Rotary Foundation'. It has a proven legacy of
transparency, stewardship and effective investment practices. One has only
to check with Charity Navigator to learn that The Rotary Foundation enjoys a
perfect score of 100 per cent and is rated number three in the top ten
With the unprecedented pandemic, the demand to assist the need is enormous
for The Foundation. As a result, the Rotary Club of Strathfield plans to run
an extra mile this year to contribute to The Foundation. Our International
Service Director, PP Roy Ellis is communicating with our members to find
ways and means to support the Rotary Foundation this year.
Yours in Rotary,