Rotary Foundation

Rotary Foundation Report 2018

The Rotary Foundation has existed for quite some time, having been established in 1917. It supports educational, humanitarian, cultural programs and projects throughout the world. Its aim is to assist Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

During these past 101 years, over $3bn has been spent on life-changing sustainable projects.

One of the major success stories of the Rotary Foundation is the PolioPlus program, with 99.9% of all polio cases having now been eradicated.

PolioPlus commenced in 1985 with the aim of eradicating polio worldwide. Here is a history of its progress:

In 1987 there were 350,000 cases of polio.

By 2007 there were 544 cases

In 2012, India was declared polio free.

By 2014 the number worldwide had reduced to 359.

By 2015 it was 100

By 2016 it was 37

By 2017 it has fallen to 22 in just three countries, being: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Afghanistan is still a fighting zone, so volunteer access is limited. Nigeria had 2 cases, although they had just one in 2016.


Eradicating the last few is extremely difficult, but a polio-free world will reduce healthcare costs by up to $50bn through 2035. A saving of $27bn has already been made, mostly in low-income countries, not to mention the alleviation of human suffering.

The Centurion Club is a very easy way of making a personal contribution to The Rotary Foundation, and donations are tax deductible. You can choose to have your donation paid direct to PolioPlus, or to the Annual Programs Fund to be spent on other Foundation projects. Gifts can be made easily by Australian Rotarians as well as the general public. 100% of all donations are applied to humanitarian projects because Rotary does not deduct any funds for administration or promotion.

Subscriptions can be included with the second term Club levy which is then paid direct to Rotary International on your behalf.

We have 18 Centurions in the Club, which is 48% of Club membership. 

This year our Club contributed $4,000 to the Annual Programs Fund, and our members contributed a further $1,800 either to the Annual Programs Fund, or to PolioPlus.

The Rotary Foundation is truly a life enriching and life saving institution and I commend it to everyone.

Ray Smith

Rotary Foundation Officer 2018