The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is a not-for-profit corporation that promotes world understanding through international humanitarian service programs and educational and cultural exchanges. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and others who share its vision of a better world. Since 1947, the Foundation has awarded more than US$1.1 billionin humanitarian and educational grants, which are initiated and administered by local Rotary clubs and districts.
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1 billion in total contributions. Its event-filled history is a story of Rotarians learning the value of service to humanity.
Foundation programs fund International, Rotary club, and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide.
Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
Since Rotary Year 2010-2011 the South Hill Club has stepped up their efforts with Foundation giving. This was the first year the Club achieved the Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) banner for having 100% participation in donating to the Rotary Foundation. Also the Club achieved the banner for total giving in excess of $100 per member based on total giving divided by the number of active club members. These awards have been achieved each year since. For Rotary Year 2013-2014 the club reached a new high in giving by reaching $228/member. In 2012 the Club's first Paul Harris Society member was Lee Warren. Since then 2 additional club members have joined the Paul Harris Society Lee Nicholson and Jimmie Crowder. Also, in 2015 the Club added it's first Major Donor, Randy Cash.
Information provided by Rotary International:
The Rotary Foundation
History of the Rotary Foundation