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THE ROTARY FOUNDATION
The Rotary Foundation of RI is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission 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.
Every dollar contributed by Rotarians funds the humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs and program operations. Clubs and districts apply for and receive Foundation grants to carry out many worthy projects worldwide. The Every Rotarian, EveryYear initiative, designed to encourage worldwide annual per capita giving of $100 or more, supports vital Foundation programs.
Ambassadorial Scholarships, an international program for university-level studies, sends about 800 students each year to serve as ambassadors of goodwill while abroad.
Rotary World Peace Fellowships are awarded to individuals for study in master's degree programs at the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution.
Rotary Peace and Conflict Studies Fellowships are awarded to individuals for study in a short-term certificate program at the Rotary Center for Peace and Conflict Studies in Thailand.
Group Study Exchange is a short-term cultural and vocational exchange program between districts in different countries for non-Rotarian professionals ages 25-40.
Rotary Grants for University Teachers are awarded to higher- education faculty to teach abroad in an academic field of practical use to people in a low-income country.
Humanitarian Grants Program
Matching Grants assist Rotary clubs and districts in carrying out humanitarian projects with clubs in other countries.
District Simplified Grants enable districts to support service activities or humanitarian endeavors that benefit local or international communities.
Volunteer Service Grants support the travel of qualified Rotarians and their spouses as they plan needed projects or provide essential services in a community.
Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) Grants fund long-term, self-help, and grassroots development projects that use a sustainable, integrative approach to address humanitarian needs.
RI Convention The RI Convention, the largest Rotary meeting, is held in May or June in a different part of the Rotary world each year. This lively, four-day event features speeches by world and Rotary leaders, spectacular entertainment reflecting the local culture, and unparalleled opportunities to experience the true breadth of Rotary's international fellowship.
District conferences Rotarians are encouraged to attend their district conference, an annual motivational meeting that showcases club and district activities. A family event, the district conference mixes fellowship with learning and allows Rotarians to become more directly involved with charting their district's future.
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