Rotary Foundation

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 Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Donors may direct their gifts to three main funds:

(1) The Annual Programs Fund, which supports the Foundation’s humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs worldwide;

(2) The Permanent Fund, which provides an endowment

(3) The PolioPlus Fund.

rotary-foundationThe Vineland Rotary’s goal is to have 100% participation from it’s members. If you give $100 per year through EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year), you automatically become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. By donating $1,000 or more, you can become a Paul Harris Fellow. Donors of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a pin, and a medallion.

If you are interested in sustaining the programs of The Rotary Foundation, and support the Annual Programs Fund, become a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. Make a pledge!

Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member Pledge Form

Polio Eradication
After more than 25 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are now “This Close” to eradicating polio, and a wide array of public figures and celebrities have signed on to help Rotary spread the word. Headlined by Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, this diverse lineup of influential leaders and personalities includes Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, golfing great Jack Nicklaus, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.

In a series of print, broadcast and outdoor public service advertisements each uses a simple hand gesture to show Rotary is “This Close” to wiping out polio worldwide. Nicklaus, Perlman and Tutu are themselves survivors of this crippling disease. Broadcast television commercials feature a mix of celebrities and non-celebrities around the world saying, “We are this close to making history. We are this close to changing the world. We are this close to ending polio—all we need is you.”

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