A presentation by Rtn. Prakash Saraswat – DGSC, District 3170, India
The Rotary Foundation was born as anendowment fund in 1917, thebrainchild of RI President Arch C.Klumph.It was reborn 12 years later in the formwe know today, The RotaryFoundation of Rotary international.However, it wouldn’t be until after thepassing of Paul P. Harris in 1947 thatTRF would reach the financial healthand world importance that it enjoystoday.
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. The Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
The Rotary Foundation enables Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty Rotary Foundation grants support Rotarian efforts to change lives and serve communities through projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies.
PolioPlusFor more than 25 years, Rotary has been a leader in theglobal effort to eradicate polio. Peace CentersFellowship recipients prepare for a leadership role inpeace and conflict resolution. Foundation grantsGrants support Rotarians in their humanitarian,vocational, and educational activities.
PolioPlus, the most ambitious program in Rotarys history, is the volunteer arm of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. For more than 25 years, Rotary has led the private sector in the global effort to rid the world of this crippling disease. Today, PolioPlus and its role in the initiative is recognized worldwide as a model of public-private cooperation in pursuit of a humanitarian goal. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1 billion.
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaderspromoting national and internationalcooperation, peace, and the successfulresolution of conflict throughout theirlives, in their careers, and through serviceactivities.Fellows can earn either a master’s degreein international relations, publicadministration, sustainable development,peace studies, conflict resolution, or arelated field, or a professionaldevelopment certificate in peace andconflict resolution
Fellows are chosen from countries and cultures around theglobe based on their ability to have a significant, positiveimpact on world peace and conflict resolution during theircareers.Rotary Peace Centers: Chulalongkorn University , Bangkok, Thailand (professional development center) Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , USA International Christian University , Tokyo, Japan University of Bradford , West Yorkshire, England University of Queensland , Brisbane, Australia Uppsala University , Uppsala, Sweden
Humanitarian GrantsThe following Foundation Humanitarian Grants are beingphased out, but applications are being accepted through 31March 2013. District Simplified Grants Matching GrantsEducational ProgramsThe following Foundation Educational Programs are beingphased out, but scholarships and exchanges funded duringthe last fiscal year will continue through 2012-13. Ambassadorial Scholarships Group Study Exchange (GSE)
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE)program is a unique cultural and vocationalexchange opportunity for businesspeople andprofessionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are inthe early stages of their careers.The program provides travel grants for teams toexchange visits in paired areas of different countries.For four to six weeks, team members experience thehost countrys culture and institutions, observe howtheir vocations are practiced abroad, develop personaland professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
Since 1947, a total of $532 million has been awarded to 41,000 men and women. The Ambassadorial Scholarships program promotes international understanding and friendly relations among people of different parts of the world. The scholarships sponsor undergraduate and graduate students, as well as qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars serve as goodwill ambassadors to the country where they study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary clubs and other groups. Back home, scholars share with Rotarians and others the experiences that deepened their understanding of another culture. Through their generous contributions, Rotarians worldwide show a continued faith that today’s scholars will be tomorrows community and world leaders.
A 10-month-old boy istreated for severeburns at Clinica delNino Sano: BorrandoHuellas ("ErasingScars") in GuatemalaCity, Guatemala, apediatric burn clinic. Itis the only non-immediate burn carefacility in the countryand is supported bythe Rotary Club ofGuatemala Metropoliand The RotaryFoundation.
Students at a school inCluj-Napoca, Romania,receive coloring booksand a certificate forcompleting the year. Theschool is provided withprotein-rich meat anddairy products partlybecause of a US$175,0003-H grant from TheRotary Foundation thatbenefits local farmers. Inexchange for funding, thefarmers agree to give aportion of their productsto childrens facilitiessuch as this school.
At the Bujo Primary School inKasamu-Kyali, Mpigi District,Uganda, groups of childrencluster in the schoolyard to eattheir porridge lunch. Thechildren here receive a freelunch five days a week duringthe school year through theHumanitarian Project AgainstMalaria, Poverty, Hunger, andIlliteracy. Carried out by theRotary clubs of Muyenga,Uganda, and Genk-Noord,Belgium, the project is madepossible by a Health, Hungerand Humanity Grant from TheRotary Foundation.
Computers funded byRotarians in the childrenssection of the library inPass Christian,Mississippi, USA. Thelibrary is part of the CityHall complex, built byRotarians and othervolunteers. AfterHurricane Katrinadevastated the historicGulf Coast community inAugust 2005, D.H. Short,2005-06 president of theRotary Club of PassChristian, went on theroad, raising funds to helprebuild the town he loved.
A Rotary FoundationMatching Grantprovided Jhoole withlooms and otherequipment, 1,500pounds of cloth andthread, and funds tocover office expenses,publicity, and websitedesign. It also coveredthe cost of training inweaving, sewing, andpersonal finance fromthe Indore School ofSocial Work.
THE GIFT OF LIFEPROGRAM, which began in1975, is today a worldwideRotary International ServiceProgram. Its primary purposeis to help those needychildren who requirecorrective heart surgerysecure another lease on lifethrough the miracle of open-heart surgery in a Gift of LifeParticipating Hospital.
The Rotary Jaipur LimbProject revolves aroundLimb camps, withthousands of patientsturning up for help, butin Africa and othercountries outside Indiathey establish newpermanent centres andprovide on-going supportfor them by way oftechnician training,materials and equipment.
A school bus to theAshadeep School for theSpecially ChallengedChildren under theMatching Grant project ofthe Rotary Foundation.The school bus will servethe need of the speciallychallenged childrenstudents of the school andalso of those challengedchildren of Mormugaotaluka who due tounavailability of dedicatedtransport could not haveaccess to the school.
600 CataractSurgeries beingcarried out byRotary Club ofBelgaum Southunder a TRFmatchingGrant.
Drinking waterconnections to210 BPL familysin Kaviyoorvillage,Thiruvalla Kerala Indiawith support ofRotary club ofSlough UK RIDist 1090
In a single year(2011-12) 530 toiletsfor 530 families havebeen planned inDistrict 3170: 160 Toilets under Matching Grants 370 Toilets under District Simplified Grants
The "Paul Harris Fellow" designation (later to become "Paul Harris Fellow Recognition" was created in 1957 to recognize the gift of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.•The first Paul Harris Fellow was Al Brush, from theRotary Club of Laurel Mississippi. He became the firstPaul Harris Fellow in 1957.•In many countries a ‘PHF’ is still considered an awardand Clubs decide on who will be a ‘PHF’ and who willpay the $1000
Club recognition Individual donorsRotary clubs in which all dues- The Rotary Foundation offerspaying members are Paul HarrisFellows are eligible to receive a several ways to recognizeone-time special recognition Rotarians and friends forbanner. their generous support. 100% Paul Harris Fellow Club Sustaining MemberThe following recognitions areawarded annually at the conclusion Benefactorof the Rotary year Bequest Society 100% Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Club Paul Harris Fellow Every Rotarian, Every Year Club Major Donor (level 1- 4) Top three per capita in Annual Fund giving Arch C. Klumph Society
Through SHARE , Rotary districts choose which Rotary Foundation grants and programs they wish to support and participate in. At the end of each Rotary year, 50 percent of each districts contributions to the Annual Fund -- SHARE is credited to their District Designated Fund (DDF); the other 50 percent is credited to the World Fund. The three-year cycle gives districts time for planning projects, selecting participants, and budgeting expenditures. This cycle also allows the Foundation to invest the contributions and spend the investment earnings on administrative and fund development costs. The system is called SHARE because1. Rotarians share their resources with fellow Rotarians around the world2. The Trustees share some of their decision-making responsibility with the districts3. Rotarians share Rotary with the world through their Foundation
The new grant model (2013-14 onwards) includes: District grants Block grants that help clubs and districts address immediate needs in their communities and abroad Global grants Range from $15,000 to $200,000 and offer opportunities to participate in strategically focused, high-impact activities within the six areas of focus Packaged grants Enable clubs and districts to work with Rotarys strategic partners on predesigned projects and activities
Global grants will support large international projectswith sustainable, high-impact outcomes in the six areasof focus that correspond to the Foundations mission. Peace and conflict prevention/resolution Disease prevention and treatment Water and sanitation Maternal and child health Basic education and literacy Economic and community development
Eradicating polio Basic education and literacy Promoting peace and conflict resolutionContributions to the Every Rotarian, Reducing childEvery Year (EREY) initiative, are the mortalityprimary source of funding forFoundation programs. Fighting hunger