The mission of the Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through improvements in 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. Following the naming of The Rotary Foundation by Charity Navigator as one of only a handful of charities having a perfect score in their rating system, the American Society of Professional Fundraisers has named The Rotary Foundation as the Outstanding Charity for 2016.
The Rotary Foundation has three main program areas, as follows:
Humanitarian Grants Program
Through Education Programs, The Foundation furthers international understanding by providing opportunities for students, educators and business and professional people to experience other cultures and develop long lasting relationships with peers in other countries. The Humanitarian Grants Program provides grants to Rotary clubs to implement humanitarian projects. PolioPlus is Rotary's most recognised program - its goal is to eradicate polio. Over the past 30 years Rotary has contributed more than US$1.5 billion to help immunise more than 2.5 billion children against polio, and helped secure over US$7.2 billion from donor governments.
The RCM Foundation Committee promotes the ideals and programs of the Rotary Foundation within the club. In particular, each year it conducts a major fund raising event - the Paul Harris Breakfast, in honour of Rotary's founder, Paul Harris. Friends, Family, Colleagues and Representatives of all the clubs in District 9800 are invited to participate in the event, at which recipients of Paul Harris Recognitions are acknowledged for their special contributions to Rotary and its programs. Each year, a keynote speaker is invited to speak at the breakfast. This person is generally someone well recognised in the community. All funds raised at the Paul Harris Breakfast are used for Foundation programs.
RCM actively participates in many of the Foundation's programs, especially the education ones. For example, club members regularly host members of overseas Group Vocational Exchange teams, comprising young professionals on a 4 week vocational visit, and RCM also sponsors outgoing GVE team members.
Over the years, RCM has utilised funds available through the Humanitarian Grants Program to meet international community needs such as the construction of a rice mill in Bangladesh and the installation of water tanks in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and in West New Britain and renovating of schools in Laos.