Where Does the Money Go?
Annual Programs Fund (Every Rotarian, Every Year)
The mission of the Annual Programs Fund mirrors that of The Rotary Foundation: to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.
Contributions to the Annual Programs Fund through the Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative are the primary source of funding for Foundation programs, which cover more than 160 countries and geographical areas on seven continents. From digging water wells for villages in Africa to teaching basic literacy skills to children in Latin America, during any given moment, thousands of Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise. All contributions to the Annual Programs Fund are spent wisely on quality Rotary projects.
APF Donations Return to Our Community
Through SHARE, Rotary districts choose which Rotary Foundation programs they wish to support and participate in.
At the end of every Rotary year, 50 percent of each district’s donations to the Annual Programs Fund are credited to their District Designated Fund (DDF); the other 50 percent is credited to the World Fund.
The Foundation uses the World Fund to pay for the worldwide programs available to all Rotary districts, regardless of their specific contributions. Districts use their DDF to fund the Foundation programs they participate in.
Because districts share in the decision-making process about program funding with the Trustees, every Rotarian has a voice in planning for the future. Every year, members of each district’s Rotary Foundation committee, in consultation with Rotarians in their district, decide how the SHARE DDF will be used. SHARE offers a wide variety of program options for districts to choose from.
The Rotary Foundation has a unique funding cycle that uses donations for programs three years after they’re received. The three-year cycle gives districts time for program planning and participant selection and allows the Foundation to invest the contributions.
How to participate in EREY
Your donation can mean a world of difference. Contribute now.
Subscribe to the Every Rotarian, Every Year newsletter for quarterly updates about the monumental effort uniting Rotary’s international membership, including features on how Rotarians are meeting their club goals and stories illustrating how EREY contributions enhance people’s lives.
The Permanent Fund: The Rotary Foundation’s endowment fund
Give a gift that will go beyond your lifetime: a donation to The Rotary Foundation’s endowment, the Permanent Fund. This fund enables individuals to combine their gifts into a significant force to address the world’s greatest needs for generations to come.
The initial target of US$200 million for the Permanent Fund was met in 2005, six years ahead of schedule. The next target is $1 billion by 2025.
In a Rotary year, about $8 million from the Permanent Fund is made available to support Foundation programs. Contribute now.
Polio Plus – End Polio Now!
After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Your contribution will help Rotary raise $200 million to match $355 million in challenge grants received from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The resulting $555 million will directly support immunization campaigns in developing countries, where polio continues to infect and paralyze children, robbing them of their futures and compounding the hardships faced by their families.
Donations to Polio Plus are credited to becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. However, they do not count as a contribution to the Annual Programs Fund or to meet the Every Rotarian Every Year goal. Please remember the APF as you make your annual plan for supporting The Rotary Foundation. Contribute now.