Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation, created in 1917, gives away more than 40 million US dollars a year to various humanitarian causes. Because of the Foundation:
  • polio has been nearly eradicated. To date, 209 countries, territories and areas around the world are polio-free. As of January 2012, India was declared polio free for the first time in history, leaving just Pakistan, Nigeria and Aghanistan with endemic polio. As of June 2011, Rotary has committed more than 850 million US dollars to global polio eradication;
  • over 7 thousand young people between 16 and 18 can participate in study exchange programs each year;
  • over 1,600 young people – university students or graduates – are awarded international scholarships each year.
The Rotary Foundation supports the largest non-governmental scholarship program in the world by giving out the so-called Ambassadorial Scholarships (about 20 thousand US dollars per person per year). Scholars get to study in a country other than their own, where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of good will. They are expected to visit the local Rotary club, give a presentation about their country, town, and the sending club, help maintain ties between the clubs. Upon their return, they tell about their experience of the hosting country and club.