Posted by Rich Kaye
The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International.  It was founded in 1917 by Rotary's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund through which Rotarians could "do good in the world."  It has grown from an initial contribution of $26.50 received from the Rotary Club of Kansas City to more than $4.4 billion in total assets.
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.  It is supported solely by the voluntary contributions of Rotarians such as yourself and from those friends of The Rotary Foundation who share our vision of a better world.  
Your contributions to the Annual Fund have helped make lasting, impactful change possible around the world in the areas of disease prevention and treatment, basic education and literacy, clean water and sanitation, maternal and child health, the environment, economic and community development, and peace and conflict resolution/prevention.  
Your contributions to the Polio Fund have helped provide the vaccinations that have saved more than 16 million children from the life threatening paralysis caused by poliomyelitis.  In August, Africa was certified polio free, leaving just Afghanistan and Pakistan as the last two places where wild poliovirus still resides.
Thank you for supporting The Rotary Foundation and its work.
PDG Rich Kaye
District 5870 Endowment/Major Gifts Subcommittee Chair