Rotary is made up of three parts: at the heart of Rotary are our clubs, that are supported by Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation.
Rotary clubs bring together dedicated individuals to exchange ideas, build relationships, and take action.
Rotary International supports Rotary clubs worldwide by coordinating global programs, campaigns, and initiatives.
The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and our partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation’s funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world.
Together, Rotary clubs, Rotary International, and The Rotary Foundation work to make lasting improvements in our communities and around the world.
Rotarians have not only been present for major events in history—we’ve been a part of them. From the beginning, three key traits have remained strong throughout Rotary:
We’re truly international. Only 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Today we’re working together from around the globe both digitally and in-person to solve some of our world’s most challenging problems.
We persevere in tough times. During WWII, Rotary clubs in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Japan were forced to disband. Despite the risks, many continued to meet informally and following the war’s end, Rotary members joined together to rebuild their clubs and their countries.
Our commitment to service is ongoing. We began our fight against polio in 1979 with a project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines. By 2021, only two countries remain polio-endemic—down from 125 in 1988.
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 200 countries worldwide, there are approximately 1.2 million Rotarians. Rotary club membership represents a cross-section of the community’s business and professional men and women. Rotary clubs meet weekly and are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. Rotary International celebrated its centennial in 2005.
Rotary’s commitment to eradicate polio
Launched in 1985, PolioPlus is a multi-year commitment to eradicate polio from the globe. To date, the PolioPlus program has contributed $373 million to the protection of nearly 2 billion children. By 2005, Rotary’s financial commitment reached nearly $500 million.
Rotary is active around the globe –with not only the PolioPlus program, but with projects that include digging wells in India, easing hunger in Haiti, and providing food and medical care to a Polish orphanage.
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Launched in 1985, PolioPlus is a multi-year commitment to eradicate polio from the globe. To date, the PolioPlus program has contributed more the 1.6 billion to the protection of more than 2 billion children. By 2021, Rotary’s financial commitment plus matching funds from the Bill Gates Foundation have reached over 2 billion dollars.