The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s main body for international service. The Foundation relies entirely on voluntary donations and sends approximately 1000 students abroad each year. At the same time, young professionals and businessmen find chance to see and examine their work and professional life in other countries. Donations allow impactful programs, such as 3-H (Health, Hunger and Humanity) to happen.
The Rotary Foundation and clubs invest in our future leaders and philanthropists by funding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate study. $7.5 million in scholarships, on average, are given out by Rotary each year.

There are two types of Rotary scholarships:
1. Rotary clubs offer scholarships for secondary, undergraduate, or graduate study.
Rotary club scholarships are given by individual clubs and are open to anyone except Rotary members and their families. Contact your local club for application information and eligibility requirements.

2. The Rotary Foundation offers scholarships for college graduates and professionals to study peace and conflict resolution. Global grants are for graduate students studying abroad in one of Rotary’s six causes:
• Promoting peace
• Fighting disease
• Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
• Saving mothers and children
• Supporting education
• Growing local economies

Rotary peace fellowships are available to candidates who want to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our six partner universities. Learn about Rotary peace fellowship eligibility requirements and restrictions.

Anyone who makes a donation to the Rotary Foundation (whether Rotarian or not Rotary’s appreciation and support of Rotary’s aims) can easily see how their support is being used for humanity’s convergence and peace.

The important issue in the development of the foundation is the annual and planned donation programs. The purpose of the annual donations program; increase contributions; lay the groundwork for important securities donations; encouraging and informing future donors; encourage them to participate in Foundation programs at club or district level.

The Rotary Foundation is managed by 13 trustees appointed by the Rotary International President. The President must follow a procedure to fill out proposals. All appointments must be approved by the International Rotary Board of Directors. All six geographical areas of Rotary require representation by at least one trustee. 6 of the 13 trustees are past presidents. At least two members must be experienced in economics, and three members must have experience in dealing with the foundation. The term of office of the past chairmen is six years and that of the other trustees is around three years.