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THE HISTORY OF ROTARY FOUNDATION

Rotary Foundation a not-for-prot corporation is celebrating its 100 years of existence this year. At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

MISSION OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

The Mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable rotary members to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Foundation is a not-for-prot corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from rotary members and friends of the foundation who share its vision of a better world. This support is essential to make possible projects, funded with foundation grants, that bring sustainable improvement to communities in need. History of the Rotary Foundation

GROWTH OF THE FOUNDATION

In 1929, the Foundation made its rst gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. "Daddy" Allen, later grew into Easter Seals. When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

EVOLUTION OF FOUNDATION PROGRAMS

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary

Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The rst 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The PolioPlus program was launched to eradicate polio worldwide. 1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to Rotary Peace Fellowships.

2013: New district, global, and packaged grants enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world's greatest needs. Since the rst donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

PROGRAMS OF THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

POLIOPLUS

Polio eradication is Rotary's top philanthropic priority. When Rotary launched the PolioPlus program in 1985, there were more than 350,000 polio cases in over 125 countries. Since 1988, when Rotary began working with its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to immunize more than 2 billion children, the incidence of polio has decreased 99 percent. As of 2013, Rotary's contributions to the global polio eradication effort totaled $1.2 billion. India was declared polio free in 2013.

ROTARY PEACE FELLOWSHIPS

Rotary Peace Fellowships enable individuals to pursue a graduate degree in international relations, peace, conict resolution, and related subjects, or a professional development certicate in peace and conict studies at one of the six Rotary Peace Centers. The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for professionals who have already worked in careers related to international relations or peace and conict resolution and who are committed to community or international humanitarian service and working for peace. The fellowship is not intended for recent college graduates with little to no relevant professional experience.

The Rotary Peace Center's mission is to promote world peace by educating and empowering peace-builders through rigorous academic training, applied eld experience, and global networking opportunities. Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to receive full funding to earn either a professional development certicate in peace and conict studies or a master's degree in any of a range of disciplines related to peace and security. Through this program, Rotary Peace Fellows develop the skills they need to serve as leaders and catalysts for peace and conict resolution both in their local communities and around the globe.

ROTARY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR WATER AND SANITATION PROFESSIONALS

Rotary and the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education have teamed up to tackle the world's water and sanitation crisis by increasing the number of trained professionals to devise, plan, and implement solutions in developing and emerging countries. Through this partnership, The Rotary Foundation will provide grants to Rotary clubs and districts to select and sponsor a limited number of students each year.

SCHOLARSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Students eligible for this scholarship must be provisionally admitted to one of the following degree programs at UNESCOIHE (joint programs are not eligible):

- MSc in Urban Water and Sanitation

- MSc in Water Management

- MSc in Water Science and Engineering

Questions about the scholarship and application process can be sent to grants@rotary.org

GRANTS

Rotary Foundation grants support Rotarians' efforts to change lives and serve communities.