The Rotary Foundation

AHRC President Tracey Clark is this year’s Rotary Foundation Chairman. 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 and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Rotary Foundation… in snipits and “sound bites.”

  • 1905 – First Rotary club organized in Chicago, Ill
  • 1908 – Second Rotary club formed in San Francisco, CA
  • 1920 – First Rotary convention held in Chicago
  • 1912 – The Rotary club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada became the first club outside the United State; Rotary went INTERNATIONAL
  • 1917 – Endowment fund, forerunner of The Rotary Foundation, established by Rotary International president Arch Klumph
  • 1947 – Rotary founder Paul Harris dies; first 18 Rotary Foundation scholarships granted
  • 1965 – The Rotary Foundation launches Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange programs
  • 1985 – Rotary announces PolioPlus program to immunize all children against polio
  • 1994 – Western hemisphere declared polio free
  • 1999 – Rotary centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution established
  • 2000 – Western Pacific declared polio free
  • 2002 – Europe declared polio free
  • 2002 – First class of 70 Rotary Peace Scholars begin study
  • 2005 – Rotary celebrates 100 years
  • TRF is the “crown jewel” of Rotary
  • It is one of the largest foundations in the world
  • It is one of the few foundations that gives away 100% of all funds that are donated
  • Contributions from any one year are invested for three years before spent on programs
  • Only investment earnings pay for administrative costs

Since the first US$26.50 contribution in 1917, TRF has received contributions totaling in excess of US$1,000,000,000.00 (1 billion dollars)

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