About Rotary International

Many people have heard of Rotary, but they can’t identify what the largest international service organization in the world is all about. Rotary is an international organization of men and women whose goals are to improve communities around the world by promoting peace, preventing disease, bolstering economic development, and providing clean water and sanitation.

Many are surprised to learn that Rotary International holds one of only two Non-Governmental Agency seats at the United Nations. It is most interesting that Rotary is represented in more countries than there are countries in the United Nations. Rotary may be best known for its work to successfully help eradicate polio throughout the world. There are over 1.2 million Rotarians around the world and the Rotary organization has given away over 3 billion dollars through its Foundation to people, communities and global and local improvement efforts.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF)

The Rotary Foundation has been improving lives since 1917. Learn about our work and be inspired to join us in celebrating our centennial year and meeting humanity’s greatest challenges!

The Rotary Foundation is working to eradicate polio worldwide with the following esteemed list of partners: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control.


At the end of 2016, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognized The Rotary Foundation as the World’s Outstanding Foundation. The award honors organizations that show philanthropic commitment and leadership through financial support, innovation, encouragement of others, and involvement in public affairs.  Foundation Trustee Chair, Kalyan Banerjee says, “The continued strong support of Rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children and enable the Foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace.”

Rotary is…

  • A volunteer organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.
  • The world’s largest provider of international scholarships.
  • Over 33,000 Clubs, with over 1,200,000 members, located in over 200 countries.
  • An organization of clubs that meet weekly for fellowship and to discuss community and global topics.

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