New recognition award for Major Donors, with the
existing recognition for Bequest Society remaining the same.
Rotarians have mobilized by the hundreds of thousands
to ensure that children are immunized against this crippling disease
and that surveillance is strong, despite the poor infrastructure,
extreme poverty, and civil strife of many countries. Since the
PolioPlus program's inception in 1985, more
than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine. To date, 210 countries,
territories, and areas around the world are polio-free. As of June 2005, Rotary
has committed more than $581 million
to global polio eradication. 2004-05 expenditures: $33.1 million.
PolioPlus Partners is
a program that allows Rotarians to participate in the polio
eradication effort by contributing to specific social mobilization
and surveillance activities in polio-endemic countries. As of 30 June 2005, clubs
have participated in 420 PolioPlus
supporting National Immunization Days and other polio eradication
activities around the world.
Health, Hunger and Humanity
(3-H) Grants fund
large-scale, two- to four-year projects that enhance health, help
alleviate hunger, or improve human development. Since 1978, 276 projects
in 74 countries
have been funded at a cost of$71 million.
In 2004-05, no
new projects were approved as
this program was in moratorium from 200110 2004. The
moratorium was lifted on 1 January 2005. Proposals
received in 2004-05 will
be considered for funding in 2005-06.
Matching Grants provide
matching funds for international service projects of Rotary clubs
and districts. Since 1965,22,000 Matching
Grant projects in 166 countries
have been funded at a cost of more than $224 million. In 2004-05,
grants were approved for projects in 136 countries.
Program awards were $25.8 million.
District Simplified Grants support
the short-term service activities or humanitarian endeavors of
districts in communities locally or internationally. This program
began in 2003-04, and 772 grants
have been approved for projects in 57 countries
totaling more than $11 million. In 2004-05,
were approved. Program expenditures were$6.1million.
Individual Grants support
the travel of individual Rotarians spouses
of Rotarians, Rotaractors, and qualified Foundation alumni who are
planning or implementing service projects. This program began in 2003-04, and 686 projects
have been funded at $2.7 million. In 2004-05, 372 grants
were approved. Program awards were $1.6 million.
Solidarity in South Asia. Shortly
after the deadly tsunami struck South Asia on 26 December 2004, The
Rotary Foundation established the Solidarity in South Asia fund to
assist Rotarians in supporting long-term recovery efforts in
affected communities. In 2004-05, program expenditures were $5.5
million (includes DDF).
Rotary World Peace Scholars.
Each year up to 70 scholars
are sponsored to study at one of the seven Rotary Centers for
International Studies in peace and conflict resolution for a master's-level
degree. Since the program's
inception in2002-03,18o Fellows
from 50 different countries have participated at a cost of almost $u
million. In 2004-05, 64
peace fellows from 27 countries began studies at the seven Rotary
Centers totaling $3.5 million for the two-year program.
Ambassadorial Scholarships. The
Foundation sponsors one of the largest international scholarship
programs in the world. Scholars study in a country other than their
own where they serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill. Since1947, more
than 37,000 scholars from some no countries have received
scholarships at a cost of more than $462 million. In 2004-05, 737
scholars from 70 countries studied
in 62 countries. Program awards were $15.6 million.
Rotary Grants for University Teachers are
awarded to faculty members to teach in a developing nation for 3 to 10months.
Since 1985, 406
university teachers have shared their expertise with a college or
university in a developing country. In 2004-05, 29 university
teachers from 6 countries taught in 19 countries.
Program awards were $396,000.
Group Study Exchange (GSE). These
annual awards are made to paired Rotary districts to provide travel
expenses for a team of non-Rotarians from a variety of vocations.
Rotarian hosts organize a four- to six-week itinerary of educational
and cultural points of interest. Since 1965, more
than 52,000 individuals (almost 12,000 teams)
from 102 countries
have participated at a cost of more than $88 million. In 2004-05,
404 teams traveled abroad. Program awards were $3.4million.
Eradication Fundraising Campaign
Also see the story of PolioPlus by PRIP Cliff Dochterman