• Club Number 18039
  • District 9685
  • Chartered 1946

Rotary International Foundation

Arch C. Klumph

The Rotary Foundation was established by then RI President Arch C. Klumph in 1917.  There were negligible contributions and donations until the death of the founder of Rotary International, Paul Harris.  Then the money started to roll in.

In 1947 the Rotary Foundation initiated a programme, now named RF Ambassadorial Scholarships, one of the largest Post Graduate programmes in the world today.  This programme has produced world leaders in all fields of endeavour.

In 1988, a project that became known as Polio Eradication Programme began.  RF joined forces with the World Health Organisation, UNESCO and the US Dept of Infectious Diseases.  Since that time, there has been a decrease of 99% of incidents of Polio.  There are only four countries; India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria, that are still polio endemic.  This battle continues and thanks to Bill Gates and his immense support of the Rotary Foundation Polio Eradication project, we are able to raise large sums of money to bring this battle to a successful conclusion.

The following is a brief indication of Rotary Foundation Grants in the areas of focus – a five-year profile (2004–2009).  The amounts shown are in US$.

Maternal and Child Health Grants $7,172,184
Water and Sanitation Grants $30,484,779
Disease Prevention and Treatment $34,189,400 (not including polio)
Basic Education and Literacy $28,008,087
Economic and Community Development $24,498,464
Peace and Conflict Resolution Fellowships $20,460,000

Rotary Foundation projects and programs

Centurion Program

This is a very easy way of getting into the habit of making a personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation.  The commitment you are asked to make is simply to contribute A$100 per year as long as you are able to.  In this case, the money is paid into the Australian Rotary Trust Fund making your contribution tax deductible.  The initial commitment is recognised by the presentation of a certificate and the ‘Centurion’ lapel badge and each year our District sends out renewal notices asking all participants to continue their support.

Paul Harris Society – The Paul Harris Society is named after the founder of Rotary International.  The society recognises friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus and other approved Foundation grant activities.  Society contributions may count toward Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member, Paul Harris Fellow, Multiple Paul Harris Fellow and Major Donor recognition.  For more information about Paul Harris and our Club's Paul Harris Fellow recipients, click here.

Download a Paul Harris Fellow Society application form here. 

Foundation Alumni

Each year, thousands participate in Rotary’s educational and youth programs, all known for fostering international understanding and friendship.  But the experience doesn’t have to end when the program is over.  Participants choose Rotary because of its commitment to world understanding.  As Alumni, they have an extended network of people who share a common bond.  They'll always be part of the family of Rotary.  For more information about Rotary Alumni and how to connect through various social media channels, click here.

Polio Plus

After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all.  It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.  Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunisation campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.  As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk.  The stakes are that high.  For more information, click here.

Matching Grants

Through Matching Grants, The Rotary Foundation matches contributions raised for international service projects by Rotary Clubs and districts in two or more countries.  The Foundation provides a one-to-one match for District Designated Fund (DDF)/SHARE contributions and a US$0.50 match for every new $1 cash contribution.  Grant awards range from $5,000 to $200,000.  For more information, click here.

District Simplified Grants

District Simplified Grants are a tool for Rotary districts to support short-term humanitarian projects that benefit the community.  Districts can request up to 20 percent of their District Designated Fund (DDF) for a grant to support multiple projects locally or internationally.  For more information, click here.

Group Study Exchange

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 provides 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.  The Rotary Club of Ryde has a long history of supporting this program.  For more information, click here.

Ambassadorial Scholarships

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarships provide a flat grant of US$27,000 for one academic year of study in another country.  These awards are intended to help defray costs associated with round-trip transportation, tuition and other fees, room and board, and some educational supplies.  For more information, click here.

Peace Fellows

Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities.  Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.  For more information, click here.

The Rotary Club of Ryde’s Foundation Director for 2013–14 is John Mazlin.

Each year, at Club Changeover, the chairs of each avenue of service provide an annual report.  These are published in the annual Changeover Program.  Go to our downloads page, and you will find all available Changeover Reports listed.


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