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. "Doing good in the world."

The Rotary Foundation helps fund our humanitarian activities, from local service projects to global initiatives. Clubs and Districts can apply for grants from the Foundation to invest in projects and provide scholarships. The Foundation also leads the charge on worldwide Rotary campaigns such as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Rotarians and friends of Rotary support the Foundation’s work through voluntary contributions.

On Giving Tuesday 2015, CNBC, one of the leading consumer and business news media outlets in the U.S., named its top 10 charities in the world, ranking The Rotary Foundation No. 5. Charities were chosen for changing the world while maintaining excellent financial standards. The article highlighted Rotary’s tremendous work in eradicating polio.

In September 2016 The Rotary Foundation earned a 4-star rating and perfect 100 score from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States. This is the Foundation’s ninth in a row, and it places the Foundation in the top 1 percent of U.S.-based charities.