The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Your club or district can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating policy and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.
Ways to Give
Recurring giving (Rotary Direct)
Support our efforts year round by making a recurring gift. You choose how much and how often you want to give— it’s a simple and secure way to make a big impact.
To update your existing recurring giving, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +1-866-976-8279. For security reasons, changes to your credit card information should be made by phone.
Check, draft, or wire payments
Learn how to donate by different payment methods.
Your gift of marketable securities to The Rotary Foundation provides tax benefits and helps make an impact in lives both at home and around the world.
The Foundation offers several ways to structure your charitable gift that may provide tax and other financial benefits, including estate gifts, charitable gift annuities, and trusts.
With an endowed or term gift, you can designate a specific name for your contribution. Endowed gifts are invested in perpetuity, while a portion of their earnings is spent on a designated program. Term gifts are spent in their entirety on a specific program over an agreed period of time.
Donor advised funds
The Rotary Foundation donor advised fund is a convenient way to simplify charitable giving and take advantage of U.S. tax savings. A Donor Advised Fund account is similar to a charitable checking account. You make contributions and recommend grants to the Foundation and other preferred charities at your convenience. An account may be established by individuals or Rotary-affiliated groups.
Log in to your Donor Advised Fund
The Rotary Foundation accepts gifts of tangible property, such as jewelry or artwork, with the approval of the Gift Acceptance Committee. At this time, gifts of automobiles, boats, airplanes, and motorcycles are not accepted by the Foundation.
The Rotary Foundation accepts gifts of real estate with a minimum appraised value of $25,000 (undeveloped property) and $100,000. When a donor makes an outright gift of real estate that is approved by the Gift Acceptance Committee, the Foundation takes immediate possession of and title to the property. The donor is entitled to a U.S. charitable tax deduction based upon the fair market value of the property when donated as determined by a qualified appraisal and may receive tax benefits in other countries as determined on a case by case basis. The net proceeds from the sale of the real estate support the Foundation.
For more detail about the process, please contact us to learn more. See The Rotary Foundation’s Gift Acceptance Policy for a complete list of criteria along with the required documents and information.
Employee matching gift
Double the impact of your gift by asking your employer to match your contribution to The Rotary Foundation. More than 15,000 companies match gifts to the Foundation, including many international corporations. Find out if your employer does at www.rotary.org/matchinggifts.
Contact your human resources department to learn if your company is eligible for the program.
You can send your company’s matching gift form directly to us at:
The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Attn: Corporate Matching Gifts
1560 Sherman Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201 USA
Learn more about Rotary’s employee matching gift program, including recognition opportunities.
Rotary credit card
Support Rotary’s efforts with the Rotary International credit card. Just by using your card, you’ll be helping The Rotary Foundation do good in the world.
Through the United Airlines Mileage Plus Charity Miles program, you can donate miles to provide free airfare toward a club or district project.
Resources & reference
- Rotary Foundation Contribution Form
- Multiple Donor Form
- Paul Harris Fellow Recognition and Transfer Request Form
- Ways to Give
- Major Gifts, Major Impact brochure
- Rotary Direct Frequently Asked Questions
- Rotary Direct Form
- Your Rotary Legacy brochureDonor Advised Fund Quick Guide
- Doing Good in the World – Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) club presentation