Posted by Bob Ruehl on Feb 08, 2024
Giving & Grants
Required courses for district Rotary Foundation chairs

The Learning Center offers courses about The Rotary Foundation that are especially useful in helping district Rotary Foundation chairs understand their role and succeed in it.

All district Rotary Foundation chairs for 2024-25 need to complete these learning plans by 1 July:

  • District Committee Basics — These courses discuss our Action Plan, protecting personal data, managing a committee, leading change, and more.
  • District Rotary Foundation Committee Intermediate — These courses discuss various aspects of the role, including managing grants and fundraising.
  • Grant Management Seminar — These courses offer essential details for taking part in global grants. You and other district leaders can decide if your clubs will need to complete these courses as part of their qualification process.

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If you missed it: Webinars on designing effective education technology projects

A recent webinar series presented by RI and the Basic Education and Literacy Rotary Action Group focused on using learning technology effectively, collaboratively, and sustainably in our projects. This three-part series can help all project organizers plan and implement projects that measurably improve academic outcomes, no matter how much experience they have with education. 

Find the recordings on the Rotary Membership Webinars channel on YouTube. Select the gear-shaped settings button on each recording to find captions in your preferred language.

Video encourages members who are planning projects to connect with the Cadre

A new video highlights The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers and how its experts around the world can improve grant applications and help members develop more effective and sustainable projects to create lasting change. It’s available with subtitles in 10 languages.

Download the video from the Cadre’s webpage and show it at your club, district, or regional meetings or other events to inspire members to connect with the Cadre. Use the video in newsletters or on social media or club and district websites. 

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Grant Model Evaluation Year 4 Report

Rotary’s Research and Evaluation staff has released its Grant Model Evaluation Year 4 Findings (in English only). The report examines how Rotary grants align with the Foundation’s priorities and areas of focus, engage members, and deepen their connection to Rotary. The report found that:

  • Participation in global grants is high and valued by our members.
  • Global grant sponsors value sustainable projects that address community-identified issues.
  • Most data collected by global grant sponsors involves outputs, or short-term change.
Help us find Rotary Peace Fellowship candidates

Applications are open for the 2025 Rotary Peace Fellowship. Help promote this opportunity and find the next cohort of global peacebuilders. Encourage peace and development leaders in your community to apply for a fully funded master’s degree or professional development certificate at one of our Rotary Peace Centers, including the newest center, in Istanbul, Turkey. Use the referral form to tell us about potential candidates and follow the Rotary Peace Centers Facebook page to learn more. 

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Rotary’s 2022-23 annual report is available

In the annual report, we review some of our most memorable moments, share inspirational stories of clubs making a difference, and learn from donors why they contribute to The Rotary Foundation.

The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide
The Rotary Foundation Reference Guide provides an overview of Foundation programs and services.
A Guide to Global Grants
A Guide to Global Grants helps members who want to apply for a global grant or to make their service projects more effective and sustainable.
Project planning resources
Rotary has an array of project planning resources to help members answer questions and solve problems at various stages in the process.
Project fairs
Project fairs connect clubs that are seeking international projects with those that want to find partners.
Grant Responsibilities by Leader
Grant Responsibilities by Leader explains club and district roles and lists resources to help carry out these duties.
Learning Center
The Learning Center offers many courses and resources, including information about fundraising and participating in grants.