The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.

It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians, Rotary Clubs and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

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 only to more than US$55 million annually. It is one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

Rotary Adelaide West is a strong supporter of the Foundation every year. It is common for our Club alone to supply our Foundation with many thousands of $$ annually. We are very proud of this commitment and achievement.

These monies have been, and are being, put through the Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund where Community Projects both Locally and Overseas are funded to improve our communities, but also the END POLIO NOW campaign, with Rotary's passion and determination to achieve eradication of Polio by 2018.

PROJECT EXAMPLE : Adelaide West Rotary in 2009 partnered with the Rotary Club of Khartoum in the Sudan, Africa (and other local Rotary Clubs) to build two giant Hafir's (dams) with filtration systems and pumps to supply fresh, clean drinking and agricultural water to 8 villages and 6,000 people. Previously, these people drank muddy water hauled out of a well by bucket and carried by hand and donkey for many kilometers (in many cases) back to their homes.

TODAY - these people have clean water and the ability to become self sufficient, healthy and forge new lives for their families and communities. This is the work of the Foundation (around $50,000 committed to this one project) working in partnership with Clubs to achieve major goals in our world.

OUR IMMENSE THANKS to the Rotary Club of Khartoum for their enormous efforts locally to plan, fund (starting with $US17,000) enact and monitor this project! Photos published on this page have regularly been supplied at great effort from Khartoum members, noting the Hafirs are over 700km from their Club, requiring travelling dusty, rocky, poor quality roads. You're all wonderful.

MANY THANKS also to The Rotary Foundation for support of this fantastic international project. A magnificent achievement of just one of Rotary's primary goals ... to provide clean water to people of the world.


People often ask us ...
"do you have to be a Rotarian to assist with this invaluable work?"

The short answer is "NO!".

Anyone around the world can support The Rotary Foundation and their local Rotary Club to further the work of the Foundation.

Many make a Tax Deductible Donation to The Rotary Foundation. You can do this to simply by contacting the Rotary Club of Adelaide West. Virtually every Dollar received goes direct to the Foundation - not chewed up in Administration fees. Less than 3% of money raised is apportioned to ADMIN. PLUS, the Foundation is very clever that it invests donations for 3 years to collect interest payments to cover Admin fees out of the interest!

Some people get directly involved in individual projects, even at grass roots level by visiting a project in a Country to volunteer their expertise, time and passion.

Please visit our Club at any time. Have a chat to our members. We're all people just like you, keen to make a difference in our World both locally and abroad.

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