At the 1917 Rotary convention, outgoing president Arch Klumph proposed setting up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” That one idea, and an initial contribution of $26.50, set in motion a powerful force that has transformed millions of lives around the globe.
 
Since that time, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.
 
The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 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.
 
The Foundation awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 grants during fiscal year 2018. Here is a breakdown of causes the grants supported.
 
 
The Rotary Foundation is designated a 4-Star Charity, the highest ranking issued by Charity Navigator. 92% of its funds are spent on program awards and operations.