Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges.
• Rotary harnesses the strength of 1.2 million professional and community leaders from more than 200 countries and areas to help families in need.
• From local food pantries to clean water and maternal health, Rotary clubs join forces to carry out effective and sustainable projects at home and abroad.
• Rotary provides a platform for successful men and women of all ethnicities, faiths, and cultures to make the world a better place through volunteer service.
Rotary’s top philanthropic goal is to eradicate polio worldwide.
• Rotary and its partners are close to eradicating polio, having achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in cases since 1988. It would become the only human disease other than smallpox to be eradicated.
• Rotary’s chief role is fundraising, advocacy, and mobilizing volunteers.
• Rotary members have contributed more than $1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2 billion children in 122 countries from polio.
• Rotary is working to raise an additional $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, to be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Rotary builds peace and international understanding through education and humanitarian service and by developing young leaders.
• More than 900 graduates of the Rotary Peace Centers master’s degree program are in key decision-making positions in governments, corporations, and organizations around the world.
• Rotary’s humanitarian projects help prevent the underlying causes of conflict, such as poverty, illiteracy, and a lack of clean water.
• Rotary’s Youth Exchange program fosters international goodwill by enabling 8,000 high school students to live and study abroad each year in 115 countries.
• Rotary’s two adjunct organizations — Interact and Rotaract — develop young leaders by promoting volunteer service, leadership, and professional development.