Rotary brings together a global network of volunteers who dedicate their time and talent to tackle the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Their work impacts lives at both the
local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working
toward a polio-free world.
Rotary members hail from a range of professional backgrounds; doctors, artists, small business
owners and executives all call themselves Rotarians. Rotary connects these unique
perspectives, and helps leverage its members’ expertise to improve lives everywhere.
Rotarians contribute their time, energy and passion to sustainable, long-term projects in local communities across the globe. Projects focus on important issues like peace, water and sanitation; maternal and child health; basic education and literacy; and economic and
Rotary is close to eliminating the second largest human disease in history after smallpox, with a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases worldwide since 1985, when Rotary launched its PolioPlus program. To date, Rotary has contributed more than US$1.5 billion and countless volunteer hours to help immunize more than two billion children against polio in 122 countries. Currently, Rotary is working to raise $35 million per year through 2018 for polio eradication, which will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.