The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders united worldwide to provide humanitarian service. The mission is to enable Rotary's members to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty. Rotarians lead service programs in their communities and abroad that address today's most pressing challenges while encouraging high ethical standards in their vocations.
Oct 30, 2013

Rotary on World Polio Day, 24 October 2013

Rotary polio ambassador and actress Archie Panjabi
Rotary polio ambassador and actress Archie Panjabi

Rotary helped put polio eradication on center stage on the day best known for rallying support to finish the job – World Polio Day, 24 October.

A special Livestream presentation  –  World Polio Day: Making History – showcased the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Co-hosted by Rotary and the Northwestern University Center for Global Health, the 60-minute program took place before a live audience at the John Hughes Auditorium on Northwestern’s Chicago campus and streamed online to viewers worldwide. 

The event featured an overview of the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Actress Archie Panjabi from The Good Wife, a Rotary Polio Ambassador, joined a panel that includes the world’s leading expert on polio eradication, Dr. Bruce Aylward, assistant director-general for Polio, Emergencies and Country Collaboration at the World Health Organization; Dennis Ogbe, polio survivor, Paralympian, and ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign to promote child immunization; and Dr. Robert Murphy, professor of medicine-infectious diseases at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. 

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Aug 12, 2013

Gates Foundation joins with Rotary to boost polio

Gates announces new match at Rotary Convention
Gates announces new match at Rotary Convention

An announcement at the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, set the stage for a bold new chapter in the partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the campaign for polio eradication.  

“Going forward, the Gates Foundation will match two-to-one, up to US$35 million per year, every dollar Rotary commits to reduce the funding shortfall for polio eradication through 2018,” said Jeff Raikes, the foundation’s chief executive officer, in a prerecorded video address shown during the convention’s plenary session on 25 June. “If fully realized, the value of this new partnership with Rotary is more than $500 million. In this way, your contributions to polio will work twice as hard.”  

The joint effort, called End Polio Now – Make History Today, comes during a critical phase for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative . The estimated cost of the initiative’s2013-18 Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan is $5.5 billion. Funding commitments , announced at the Global Vaccine Summit in April, total $4 billion. Unless the $1.5 billion funding gap is met, immunization levels in polio-affected countries will decrease. And if polio is allowed to rebound, within a decade, more than 200,000 children worldwide could be paralyzed every year. 

Rotary and the Gates Foundation are determined not to let polio make a comeback.

“We will combine the strength of Rotary’s network with our resources, and together with the other partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), we will not just end a disease but change the face of public health forever,” said Raikes. 

In 2007, the Gates Foundation gave The Rotary Foundation a $100 million challenge grant for polio eradication, and in 2009, increased it to $355 million. Rotary agreed to raise $200 million in matching funds by 30 June 2012, but Rotarians in fact raised $228.7 million toward the challenge.

“Now is the time for us all to take action: Talk to your government leaders, share your polio story with your social networks, and encourage others to join you in supporting this historic effort,” Raikes added. “When Rotarians combine the passion for service along with the power of a global network, you are unstoppable, and the Gates Foundation is proud to partner with you. Let’s make history and End Polio Now.”

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May 28, 2013

Global Vaccine Summit Highlights Polio

Global Vaccine Summit
Global Vaccine Summit

At the Global Vaccine Summit in April 2013, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) presented their comprehensive six year plan to eradicate polio. Global leaders and individual philanthropists signaled their confidence in this new end game strategy by pledging close to three-quarters of the plan’s projected US$5.5 billion cost over six years.

The new plan capitalizes on the best opportunity to eradicate polio, with the number of children paralyzed by this disease at the lowest level ever: just 223 cases in 2012 and only 22 so far this year.

Rotary members have been advocating for government support of the polio eradication program through meetings with world leaders and public awareness events to deliver financial commitments in support of the new end game strategy.

These advocacy efforts played a key role in global leaders announcing their confidence in the plan’s ability to achieve a lasting polio-free world by 2018 and their pledged financial and political support for its implementation.

Bill Gates announced that his foundation would commit one-third of the total cost of the GPEI’s budget over the plan’s six-year implementation, for a total of $1.8 billion.

Joining Gates was a new group of individual philanthropists that announced its support for full implementation of the new plan. The total new pledges from philanthropists to the polio initiative amounted to an additional US$335 million toward the plan’s six-year budget.

Philanthropies making commitments include:

Albert L. Ueltschi Foundation: $10 million

Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation-Global:  $30 million

Bloomberg Philanthropies: $100 million

Carlos Slim Foundation: $100 million

Dalio Foundation: $50 million

The Foundation for a Greater Opportunity established by Carl C. Icahn: $20 million

The Tahir Foundation: $25 million

Government commitments to the end game strategy include:

$457 million:  United Kingdom

$250 million: Canada

$240 million: Norway

$150 million: Germany

$120 million:  Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi

$40 million: Nigeria

These pledges will  help the program to immunize more than one billion children and will bring the dream of creating a polio-free world closer to a reality. However, there is a need to raise an additional US$1.5 billion to ensure that the new plan can be fully implemented and all children can be reached with the vaccine.  Every donation makes a difference in our ability to reach children in the most vulnerable areas of the world with this and other life-saving health interventions.  Make a contribution and join the global effort to End Polio Now!

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