Posted on Nov 14, 2017
Ladner Rotary has reached 60% of its 2017-18 goal of US$6,000 in donations to The Rotary Foundation. The club has been recognized over the past year for its significant contributions to the Foundation and in particular to the Rotary led global campaign to rid the world of polio. Rotary District 5040 (49 of the total clubs in BC) has also been recognized for its outstanding Polio Plus contributions in the past year.
 
What is The Rotary Foundation?
 
The founding member of the Foundation in 1917 was Arch C. Klumph  who served as Rotary International President in that era. The original donation was $26.50. Today The Rotary Foundation is organized under the Illinois "Not for Profit Corporations Act" and its sole member is Rotary International.
 
The Foundation is funded solely by volunteer contributions from members and friends of Rotary to advance the Rotary Mission of world understanding, goodwill, and peace.
 
Through associate Foundations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan and the United Kingdom, The Rotary Foundation supports with grants the 35,000 clubs across the globe develop and carry out sustainable humanitarian projects, provide scholarships and professional training opportunities that promote peace, fight diseases, provide clean water, sustain mothers and children, improve education, and strengthen local economies.
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Rotary Club of Ladner Foundation Chair Peter Podovinikoff, centre, is thanked for his presentation by Past President Walt Hayward, left, and President Ulf Ottho. 
As of June 2017 total assets of The Rotary Foundation and Rotary International are US$1.175 billion. Total expenses for the two entities are $47.8 million or 4%.
 
Rotary is investing $110.9 million in Polio Plus. For the next three years the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will continue with matching grants of $2 for every $1 raised for Polio Plus over the next three years: $100 million per year to match Rotary's $50 million, for a three year total of $450 million.
 
The Foundation is also distributing global and district grants of $125.7 million. The Rotary Club of Ladner has received $30,000 in District grants in recent years for the Ladner Rotary Splash Park, from funds coming back to the District based on the District's contributions to the Foundation in previous years.
 
District grants have also helped provide, for example, prenatal care to young mothers in a First Nation community near Prince George, meals for the homeless once a week in Burnaby, AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) equipment for cardiac emergencies in key locations on Bowen Island, and fund breakfasts in local schools for underprivileged children in Williams Lake.
 
Global grants have also enabled New Westminster Royal City expand an orphanage in Kenya, Richmond Sunrise expand and equip a community health clinic in Mexico, Tsawwassen purchase and install solar panels for a community resource building in Uganda, and Prince George Nechako to provide clean water to a Maasai community in northern Tanzanzia.