THE ROTARY FOUNDATION IS THE CHARITABLE ARM OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL.   It is supported solely by worldwide Rotary club member voluntary contributions and is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit.    Every year Rotarians around the world contribute over $250 million to The Rotary foundation and approximately $250 million is spent on service projects around the world.  With 91% of it’s annual budget supporting service projects around the world, it has a 4 Star rating by Charity Navigator, the highest rating.  Our club members support the foundation on a regular basis, either through our bi-monthly billing process, monthly direct deposits, or periodic checks written in recognition of Birthdays or Anniversaries, the latter being done as the occasion arises at our regular meetings.


  • Addresses the greatest Humanitarian & Educational needs
  • Has worldwide reach – greater than United Nations
  • Goes where politicians & religious organizations cannot
  • Mobilizes Rotary’s “people to people” contacts


  • Matching District Grants for our own community needs and club service projects as well as Global Grants for our club’s international projects.
  • Ambassadorial Scholars — — Rotary Peace Fellows — — Group Study Exchanges
  • Youth Exchanges & Youth Leadership programs


  • Polio Eradication
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Disease Prevention/Treatment
  • Basic Education/Literacy
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Economic & Community Development

Our partners make donations go even further, for instance; for every $1 a Rotarian gives to Polio eradication, the Bill & Linda Gates Foundation is committing $2.

Individual Contributions to The Rotary Foundation can result in a member achieving a Paul Harris Fellowship, once contributions reach $1,000.  Or increasing levels of Paul Harris Fellowship for each incremental $1,000 donated.


A District Matching Grant is primarily focused on local Durango or La Plata County charitable needs.  Every year our club members become aware of needs, solicited or unsolicited, in our community – – usually of the many non-profits in our area, and in which the members may be involved.  When the club becomes aware of a need and wishes to satisfy that need, it can do so by leveraging our financial contribution with those of other Rotary clubs, if needed, and then apply to our Rotary District # 5470 for a Matching Grant.  This Matching Grant usually doubles the amount that our club donates, plus any donations offered by other clubs.  For instance, in 2016 we were made aware of a $15,000 need for school supplies.  Our High Noon club committed $5,000 and immediately sought assistance from other clubs, netting another $2,500.   A Matching Grant request of $7,500 was made of our District and ultimately approved.  Our original commitment of $5,000 resulted in $15,000 check to the school.  That’s leverage!!  Normally these District Grants are smaller and might match a club contribution of $1,000 to $3,000 to a cause.  Because we involved other Rotary clubs, the District was willing to increase the Match.  Always there must be Rotarian involvement in the project.  The District Matching Grants ultimately come from The Rotary Foundation spoken to above.

Yes, our contributions to The Rotary Foundation do come back to causes we wish to support locally.


A Global Grant is a grant of a different color, but this time it comes directly from The Rotary Foundation, and supplemented with funds from the District allocated to Global Projects that clubs wish to do.  These grants are for much bigger needs – – a minimum of $30,000 but can be in excess of $100,000.  A Global Grant is only approved for an international humanitarian need and must have the partnership of a local Rotary club in that general international location.  Appropriate stewardship of funds is of upmost importance, hence for the need to have feet on the ground by the foreign club.  But that’s what Rotary does, it mobilizes our “people to people” contacts to serve a need.

These grants must also be sustainable and qualify for one or more of The Rotary Foundation’s 6 Key areas of service;

  • Promoting Peace
  • Providing clean water
  • Fighting disease
  • Growing local economies
  • Providing clean water
  • Saving Mothers & children

Global Grants must have direct Rotarian involvement in all stages of the project, and normally both the District as well as The Rotary Foundation itself assists in the funding.   Normally, our club financially supports the Global effort of another club (the Sponsoring club), helping them leverage their financial contribution.

As you can see the donations made by Rotarians in Durango do in fact come back to causes we wish to support.