The Rotary Foundation is Rotary's own charitable fund and is operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes throughout the world. The purpose of The Rotary Foundation can be found in it's motto: "Doing good in the world".
Rotary is working to improve the lives of children, by providing access to health care, education, adequate food, shelter and clean water.  Rotarians are saving and changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of children.

Mission Statement

The mission of the 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.

District Chair

PDG David Cooke                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Rotary Club of Albury West

Put your fund, The Rotary Foundation, at the top of your charitable giving.

Deputy Chair and Information Officer

PP Lee Strahan (Joanne)
Rotary Club of Sunbury

Update - August 2014

Packaged grants to be phased out
Despite some successes with packaged grants, an evaluation revealed significant differences between the grants' goals and the actual experience of Rotarians. Therefore, the Trustees decided to allow options with the Foundation's strategic partners to expire at the end of their current terms. Packaged grants will end when all active grants are closed.

Grant terms and conditions updated
Grant terms and conditions are periodically updated for the sake of clarity and to incorporate policy changes. Most recently, the eligibility guidelines for district grants were expanded. District grants can now fund youth programs (including Youth Exchange, RYLA, Rotaract, and Interact), construction (including low-cost shelters), travel for staff of cooperating organizations, scholar orientation seminars, grant management seminars, and activities primarily implemented by an organization other than Rotary. See the current version of grant terms and conditions, which includes these changes.
Year-end grant statistics
Rotarians worldwide enthusiastically participated in the new grants during 2013-14. The Foundation approved 492 district grants, 858 global grants, and 18 packaged grants.
A record-setting year
Owing to the leadership and financial support of Rotarians around the world, 2013-14 was a record-setting year for our Annual Fund. Preliminary results suggest that more than $250 million was contributed to help change lives locally and in communities around the world. Thank you!
New year and new goals
Has your club set Foundation giving goals for 2014-15? If not, there is still time to evaluate your club's fundraising efforts last year and submit goals for this year in Rotary Club Central. With your help, we can achieve our worldwide Annual Fund goal of $123 million by 30 June.
New Foundation funding model
The Rotary Foundation Trustees have approved a new model for funding the Foundation's operating costs. Effective 1 July 2015, the Foundation will direct 5 percent of Annual Fund donations to administrative and fund development expenses and to build a strong operating reserve. The Foundation will also draw on other funding sources, including 5 percent of cash contributions for global grants. Most not-for-profit organizations allocate a percentage of their contributions to support future fundraising efforts. Looking ahead, the Foundation will continue its strong record of financial accountability and transparency.

Foundation Income and Expenses

Donations to the Annual Fund of the Foundation are invested for three years and the income earned pays for the Foundation's operating and administrative expenses. At the end of three years 100% of every dollar given to the Annual Fund is available for Foundation programs. Between the years 1947 and 2012 over US$1.5 billion was spent on the Foundation's programs.

Share System

The Trustees of the Foundation developed the SHARE system to give each district a voice in how donations from their District are spent and to allow districts to participate in the programs that are of the most interest to them.

Using the SHARE system, our district's annual giving is divided into three funds: 25% is allocated to District Grants, 25% to Global Grants and 50% to the World Fund. District Grants and Global Grants are administered by our District and may be used for humanitarian, vocational and educational programs either locally or globally. These grants may also be matched by The Rotary Foundation using funds from the World Fund.

To Donate

Use the donation form available at the left of this page.
To donate to The Rotary Foundation make your cheque payable to 'The Australia Rotary Foundation Trust' this will enable your donation to be tax deductible.
Cheques should be sent to:
Rotary Centre
Level 2, 60 Phillip St.
Parramatta NSW 2150

Grants Subcommittee

District Grants and Global Grants are managed by our Grants Subcommittee.

PP Brian Peters

The Rotary Club Of AlburyWest

Deputy Chair

PP Lee Strahan

The Rotary Club of Sunbury

District Grants

District Grants fund smaller, short-term activities that address needs in both our local community and communities worldwide.

District Grants fund scholarships, projects and travel that align with the mission of The Rotary Foundation.

District Grants range between $1,000 and $8,000. District 9790 will match contributions to the project between 50cents and $1 for every dollar contributed.

The criteria to be used when applying for a District Grant can be found on the District Website.

All applications for District Grants must be submitted through the Grants Subcommittee.

Global Grants

Global Grants support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in one or more of the six areas of focus. Grant Programs are intended to assist a community in need through an international service project carried out in cooperation with Rotarians from another District in another country. There is expected to be active participation of Rotarians in both the sponsor and project countries.

Projects can be sourced from publications detailing World Community Service projects, from Project LINK on the RI Web site, from contacts your Club members may have made with overseas Rotarians, at International Assemblies and Conventions or through international exchange scholars.

Global Grants range between $US15,000 and $US200,000.

Both the international and host sponsors must work together to prepare and submit interim and final reports. Sponsors are required to submit an interim report every 6 months for the life of the project and a final report within two months of completing the project.

The Rotary Foundation will match contributions to the project between 50 cents and $1 for every dollar contributed.
All applications for Global Grants must be submitted through the Grants Subcommittee.

Foundation Grant Coordinator

Humanitarian Projects

PP Lee Strahan (Joanne)
Rotary Club of Sunbury
Educational Projects

PP Robert Iles (Lesley)
Rotary Club of Sunbury

Vocational Projects

PP Bruce Anderson
Rotary Club of Strathmore

Vocational Training Team Exchange (VTT)


PP Bruce Anderson
Rotary Club of Strathmore


Peace Fellowships

Rotary Peace Fellowships are provided by The Rotary Foundation to fund either a master's degree or a professional development certificate study at one of the six Rotary Peace Centres.
Rotary Peace Fellows promote national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.
PP Robert Iles (Lesley)
Rotary Club of Sunbury


The alumni is an association of former leaders and members of GSE teams, ambassadorial scholars, Rotary Volunteers and university teachers who were sponsored by the Foundation to teach in developing countries.
They are also a great resource for guest speakers and assisting applicants for GSE and Scholarships.


PP Bob Matejcic (Genny)
Rotary Club of Belvoir Wodonga

Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY)

Your regular donation to the Annual Fund or Permanent Fund supports both local and global projects identified by Rotarians around the world. When you make a regular donation to The Rotary Foundation, you can be confident that 50% of that gift will come back to our district in three years time to be used for international education and humanitarian programs and for projects in your local community. The other 50% of your donation benefits the World Fund in support of our commitment to international service. The three-year SHARE investment cycle ensures that 100% of your contribution is spent on Rotary programs and grants.
The following programs are examples of Rotarian efforts supported by our Annual Programs Fund
  • Scholarships
  • District Grants
  • Vocational Training Teams
  • Global Grants
  • Rotary Grants for University Teachers
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowships
There are thousands of charitable organisations working throughout the world that make a positive impact on those in need. But The Rotary Foundation is the only charitable organisation funded by contributions from Rotarians, for programs and projects identified by Rotarians, and administered by Rotarians at the project site. The Rotary Foundation is YOU - EVERY ROTARIAN, EVERY YEAR.

PDG Peter Gilbert
Rotary Club of Preston

Paul Harris Society Co-ordinator

PDG David Anderson
Rotary Club of Yea


Benefactor and Bequest Co-ordinator

PDG David Anderson
Rotary Club of Yea

The Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society is a special district program designed to recognise Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year.

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually donate $US1,000 or more to the Annual Program Fund or PolioPlus.

Joining the District 9790 Paul Harris Society is a great opportunity to grow your membership of Rotary in a tangible way by contributing to our charity - The Rotary Foundation - which is a special way of "Doing Good in the World" !


PDG David Anderson
Rotary Club of Yea

Polio Plus

Rotarians are making the end of Polio more than just a dream… they are ensuring that two billion children have been immunized and five million have been spared death or disability. Your support is required to ensure the eradication of the wild Polio virus and the world can be declared Polio free.


PDG David Cooke (Judy)
Rotary Club of Albury West