Rotary Foundation









The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world.

As the charitable arm of Rotary, it taps into a global network of Rotarians including all from Tilehouse who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.


Since 1979 Rotary clubs and foundation has been involved in a campaign to ‘End Polio’ through providing free vaccinations to all that need them. The campaign is supported by the ‘’Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’, WHO, and UNICEF. Since that time Rotary members, clubs and supporters have raised over $1.08 billion to fund this campaign and we are




Find out more how you can help: End Polio Now


The foundation is supported by donations from each Rotary club of approx $100 per member per year, plus grants and legacies and returns on its investments. In total since 1947, Rotarians have contributed almost US$2.9 billion to The Rotary Foundation to help Rotary make a positive change in the world.

Tilehousians have donated to the Rotary Foundation at least $100 per member every year since chartering through fundraising activities organized by the Foundation committee plus sustaining membership (direct donations to the Foundation by members) Together with other individual contributions and special projects like Focus on the Crocus this is a total of over $50k. Together with other Rotary Club’s these donations and contributions have enabled The Rotary Foundation to become one of the foremost non-governmental foundations in the world.

The Rotary Foundation has six areas of focus:

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            • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
            • Disease prevention and treatment
            • Water and sanitation
            • Maternal and child health
            • Basic education and literacy
            • Economic and community development

It works with Rotarians by supporting their projects with cash grants through the global and district grants process, and providing direct support through educational, humanitarian and other programs, with the educational support program being the largest private scholarship endowment fund in the world

Tilehouse has received district grants for projects in our community such as ‘Schools In’ and is in the process of a significant grant application to support the Haiti Clean Water project lead by our international committee.


Educational Programs: Rotary has a long tradition of fostering peace and international understanding through education:

    • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships have given more than 41,000 men and women the opportunity to study abroad.
    • Rotary Peace Centers offer a master’s degree in international relations, sustainable development, peace studies, and conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies.
    • Group Study Exchange program: The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provided travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.

A personal experience of GSE by  Tracy Maryan (Tilehouse member)

GSE has now been replaced by a new program for 2104 called Vocational Training Teams(VTT) These build on the Foundation’s long-standing commitment to vocational training, first formalized with the establishment of the Group Study Exchange program in 1965. VTTs take the GSE concept of enabling young professionals to observe their profession in another country a step further by offering participants the opportunity to use their skills to help others. Hands-on activities can include training medical professionals on cardiac surgery and care, sharing best practices on early childhood education, or explaining new irrigation techniques to farmers. A successful VTT increases the capacity of the host community to solve problems and improve the quality of life.


Humanitarian Programs: Humanitarian grants enable Rotarians to support service projects that provide water wells, medical care, literacy classes, and other essentials to people in need. Rotarian participation is key to the projects’ success. Through the Humanitarian Grants Program, Rotarians have received US$1.6 billion in grant awards since 1947.


Rotary Foundation Global Grants: Global grants support large international projects with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in the six areas of focus that correspond to the Foundation’s mission

Rotary Foundation District Grants: District grants are block grants made to districts for up to 50 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF). District grants offer the flexibility to respond quickly to immediate needs or to plan projects with clubs locally or in other countries.

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Being a Rotarian and a supporter of the Rotary Foundation is a force multiplier to making a difference in our communities


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