The Rotary Foundation

Rotarians in China frequently participate in projects sponsored by – and leverage the support of the Rotary Foundation.

The mission of The Rotary Foundation is:

To enable Rotarians 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-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The motto of the Foundation is “Doing Good in the World.”

Rotary Clubs worldwide work with the Rotary Foundation to leverage its financial resources for their service projects, and we participate in fully funded projects of the Foundation such as the Rotary Peace Fellowships.

Rotarians are encouraged (but not obligated) to generously support the Foundation and much of their contributions ultimately return to their district to fund local projects. Annually the Rotary Foundation invests more than USD 100 million around the world.

6 Areas of Focus

The Rotary Foundation channels its resources into tackling the following 6 key problem areas, which we call our Areas of Focus:

    •    Peace and Conflict Resolution
    •    Disease Prevention and Treatment
    •    Water and Sanitation
    •    Maternal and Child Health
    •    Basic Education and Literacy
    •    Economic and Community Development

Watch a brief video summary of Rotary Foundations' areas of focus.


End Polio Now

Our top goal is to end polio forever. Read more about this effort called "Polio Plus" here.

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Project Partnerships

Globally the Rotary Foundation works with projects partners to increase our impact. Some of these partners have a particular geographic focus while others, like Shelterbox, take a global view.

Rotary has a small presence in China - but a considerable footprint of success to date, because we have worked hand in hand with local and overseas Foundations and NGO partners to extend our reach.

Some of the partners we have worked with include:

Domestic Partners

  • China Soong Ching Ling Foundation
  • Friendship Charity Association
  • Shanghai Charity Foundation

International Partners

  • Huaqiao Foundation
  • The Library Project
  • Shinshin Educational Foundation
  • Shelterbox

Read more about Rotary's service project impact in China here which is led by the efforts of Rotarians and supported by the Rotary Foundation.