Home' Rotary Down Under : November 2017 Contents in 2002, through the Foundation’s
collaboration in their creation with
leading universities throughout the
world. Through academic training,
study and practice, these centres
develop leaders who become catalysts
for peace and conflict resolution
and prevention in their communities
and around the globe. Graduates
are reintegrating refugees in Sudan,
creating jobs for disadvantaged
women in India and supporting
reconstruction in devastated regions
of the world.
District and Global Grants
District grants fund small-scale, short-
term activities addressing needs in
local and international communities.
Each district chooses which activities
it will fund, sometimes putting all
their allocation into one big project,
or breaking it into smaller grants to
fund multiple projects.
Global grants support large-
scale international activities with
sustainable, measurable outcomes
in one or more of Rotary’s six areas
of focus. Grant sponsors form
international partnerships work
together to develop projects that
respond to real community needs.
Between 1980 and 1985, the
PolioPlus program came to life,
with the goal of eradicating polio
worldwide, an initiative started by
Australian Sir Clem Renouf, the 1978-
79 RI President.
In the mid-80s, Rotary began a
three-year fundraising campaign, with
a goal of raising $120 million. The
campaign focused on educating club
members about the need to eradicate
polio and the many benefits of a
polio-free world. Rotary leaders met
with non-governmental organisations
and government officials to convince
them of the feasibility of their goal
and gain their support. The campaign
raised $247 million, more than double
Since 1985, Rotarians have raised
$US1.7 billion and contributed
countless volunteer hours, on the
ground administering the program
as well as lobbying for others
involvement and, in recent years, the
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
joined the fight.
Over the years, there have been
many other generous donations as
well as government contributions
amounting to $US7.2 billion.
Since its establishment, PolioPlus
has seen 2.5 billion children
immunised against polio, reducing
cases of the disease by 99.9 per cent.
There have been only 11 identified
cases of the wild polio virus this
Though the fight against polio
is almost won, the infrastructure,
fundraising and advocacy methods
implemented by the polio eradication
effort will be put to good use
supporting future battles against
The Foundation offers countless
opportunities for members, alumni
and their friends to do good in their
communities and in the world —
and to make a real, life-changing
difference for people in need.
Just some of the ways you can
improve lives today:
• Work with an international partner
club to develop a project in one
of Rotary’s six areas of focus and
apply for a global grant;
• Participate in or support your club
or district’s grant projects;
• Contribute to the Foundation to
ensure it can continue to Do Good
in the World for many years to
From its first contribution of
$26.50, the Foundation’s assets have
grown to over $1 billion, and more
than $4 billion has been spent on
programs and projects, transforming
millions of lives across the globe.
The Foundation’s Trustees provide
scrupulous oversight, and the
global network of volunteers and
technical experts, known as the
Cadre, who carry out and monitor
Foundation grant projects practise the
highest ethical standards, ensuring
that volunteers’ and contributors’
investments of time and money are
put to good use.
Currently, the Foundation has been
awarded the highest four-star award
by Charity Navigator, a standard
achieved by only one per cent of
charities for prudent care of donors’
money, satisfying community need
and fiscal responsibility.
Hundreds of thousands of people
now enjoy access to clean water,
health care and education, thanks to
Foundation humanitarian projects.
And because of the Foundation,
people around the world recognise
Rotary as an agent of positive change.
Extract from presentation by Mike
Webb, Rotary Foundation Trustee
2017-21 at the Rotary Club of St
Johns, NZ, on September 7, 2017).
Mike Webb presents District 9600 governor
John Lane with the Ian Riseley Per Capita Cup.
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