Rotary International Foundation

The work of Jefferson Rotary extends well beyond our community.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, Rotary’s main objective is service — in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

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.

Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs. Rotary clubs belong to Rotary International. To become a Rotarian, you must be invited to join a Rotary club by a member of that club. (See how to become a member under “Our Members.”)

A qualified candidate for Rotary club membership is an adult of good character and good business, professional, or community reputation. The candidate fits one of the following criteria:

  • Holds or has held an executive position with discretionary authority in any worthy and recognized business or profession
  • Serves or has served as a community leader
  • Is a Rotary Foundation alumna

Jefferson Rotary joins with other clubs around the globe by joining with Rotary International and its Foundation have made the world a better place through cultural and humanitarian programs including PolioPlus. Worldwide Rotary dedication and leadership makes this progress possible.

In recognition of this responsibility, Rotary International and its Foundation work continuously to be effective financial stewards.

Since 1947, Rotarians have contributed more than US$1.9 billion to The Rotary Foundation to help Rotary do good work in the world.

Because of a three-year investment cycle, all money donated to the Annual Programs Fund is used to fund programs. Learn more.

Annual dues from 1.2 million members worldwide help finance Rotary programs like Rotary Youth Exchange, Rotary Community Corps, and others, with hundreds of thousands of participants.

Learn more.