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History of The Rotary Foundation

At the 1917 convention, outgoing RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

Growth of the Foundation

In 1929, the Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into Easter Seals.

When Rotary founder Paul Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring in to Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation.

Evolution of Foundation programs

1947: The Foundation established its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later known as Ambassadorial Scholarships.

1965-66: Three programs were launched: Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

1978: Rotary introduced the Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants. The first 3-H Grant funded a project to immunize 6 million Philippine children against polio.

1985: The was launched to eradicate polio worldwide.

1987-88: The first peace forums were held, leading to .

2013: New enable Rotarians around the world to respond to the world’s greatest needs.

Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than $1 billion.

Resources & reference

News

Dist/Club News

District 3300 Awards

27 January 2018
District 3300 Awards

District Awards on 9th June 2018 at Sheraton, Petaling Jaya hosted by Rotary Greater KL

Swing and Support

25 January 2018
Swing and Support

Swing and Support - Fund Raisin Golf Tournament - Rotary Clubof Sungai Petani - 3rd March 2018

RYLA 2018!

22 January 2018
RYLA 2018!

Dear Rotarians,   We are pleased to bring to you RYLA 2018!    First & foremost, I would like to thank District Governor Dr Manohur and District Trainer PDG Leslie...

Pride of Workmanship @ KL Sentral

19 January 2018
Pride of Workmanship @ KL Sentral

Pride of Workmanship @ KL Sentral Lobby 2nd Floor District Governor Dr, Manohur Kurup along with Minister of Transport Y.B Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai on 13th of Jan 2018. ...

"Rail Heroes' Launch at IPOH on 20th Jan 18

19 January 2018
"Rail Heroes' Launch at IPOH on 20th Jan 18

  Dear Rotary friends   We had witnessed a very impactful and very well received launch by the Honorable Minister of Transport  Malaysia YB Dato' Sri Liow Tiong Lai last...

Centennial Trail 12th Nov 2017

04 October 2017
Centennial Trail 12th Nov 2017

Click on the picture or on the link to download the form. Click here to fill the form online.   In Celebration of The Rotary Foundation's 100 Years of Doing...

Medical Camp Rotary Club of Sungai Petani

17 July 2017
Medical Camp Rotary Club of Sungai Petani

  Medical Camp at Steris Kuala Ketil with PAG Dr. Bernard

Dag-Autism & Inclusion

08 August 2016
Dag-Autism & Inclusion

Rotary D3300 with its Smart Partners Oasis Place & HELP University, our NGO Partner – NASOM and its Rotary Partners – The Rotary Foundation, Rotary District 9810, Australia and The...

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