Posted on Apr 10, 2020
We are coming together to face a new test of our collective strength during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rotary districts around the world are applying for Rotary’s disaster response grants in record numbers to empower Rotarians who are actively finding solutions and making a difference in their local communities. But we need your help.
Because of this global need, The Rotary Foundation Trustees have increased the amount available for these grants from $1 million to $3 million. That’s in addition to the generous contributions from donors to our disaster response fund over the last week. The outpouring of support is inspiring, but the demand will continue to grow, and we currently do not have enough funds to support the substantial amount of grant applications we are currently receiving from districts around the world. Your donation will help keep funds available as even more needs arise.

These grants are already making an impact. They are supplying hospitals in Belgium, Croatia, and Italy with lifesaving ventilators. They’re equipping frontline health care workers in Korea, Nigeria, the Philippines, Spain, and the United States  with desperately needed personal protective equipment so they can care for patients safely. In India, disaster response grants are also improving conditions for patients and caregivers by bringing disinfectant sprayers, beds, and mattresses to health care facilities.

In the midst of such difficult and uncertain times, Rotary members around the world persevere. You can empower them in their service to others by making a gift to the Disaster Response Fund.

No challenge is so big that we can’t make a difference. As we unite in response to urgent and emerging community needs, we will keep working to fight the spread of this virus and save lives.  

Thank you again for your unwavering commitment to Doing Good in the World.
Gary C.K. Huang
Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2019-20