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The Rotary Foundation

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotary members 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 organization supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotary members and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with Foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need.

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The Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society continues the legacy of the club founder and recognizes donors of The Rotary Foundation who elect to contribute to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved global grants.


The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honour and thank individual donors for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation. Paul Harris Fellows are individuals who have contributed, or who have had contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

Donations at the Paul Harris Society level are crucial in order that Rotary can continue making positive impacts supporting projects such as:​

  • Eliminating polio, Rotary’s No. 1 priority. A PHS level donation helps immunize over 1,600 children from polio.

  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education centre in South Africa

  • Water filters, toilet blocks, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis in a community in India

  • Funding a scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies

  • Peace-building seminars for teachers and students in Uganda

  • Distributing medical services & treated mosquito nets to help prevent malaria in Mali

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