What Is The Rotary Foundation (TRF):
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 from 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. In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.
That year, the first Foundation program – the forerunner of The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships – was established. In 1965-66, three new 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. The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants program was launched in 1978, and Rotary Volunteers was created as a part of that program in 1980. Polio Plus was announced in 1984-85, and the next year brought Rotary Grants for University Teachers. The first peace forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the Foundation’s peace and conflict studies programs.
In 2013 the Rotary grant program was significantly revised to categorize all Rotary grants as either District Grants or Global Grants. These grants were used to fund all humanitarian projects, local and international, as well as District Scholarships and Global Scholarships, respectively, replacing all previous scholarship programs. Group Study Exchanges were morphed into Vocational Training Teams, funded by Global Grants.
Throughout this time, support of the Foundation grew tremendously. Since the first donation of $26.50 in 1917, it has received contributions totaling more than $4 billion. More than $265 million was donated in 2015-16 alone. To date, more than one million individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows – people who have given $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) or have had that amount contributed in their name. Such strong support, along with Rotarian involvement worldwide, ensures a secure future for TRF as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.
TRF celebrated its one hundredth year at the 2017 Rotary International Convention in June 2017 at Atlanta, GA, USA.
Current Programs Springfield Rotary Foundation Suppors:
Shelter Box (www.shelterboxusa.org): Club members support this effort at various locations throughout the year. Each year we attend the Just World Festival at Annandale High School for this purpose, as well as other events and places
Human Trafficking Initiative (HTI):
The website is http://rotariansagainsthumantrafficking.org/project/
The Rotary Clubs of Springfield and West Springfield, VA, have joined together to fight human trafficking in local area.