Since 1967, Rotary Clubs have contributed $26 million in funds and supplies each year to worldwide humanitarian efforts.

World Community Service is the Rotary program that makes the humanitarian grants to developing countries. Clubs can either make direct contributions or apply for matching grants from the Rotary Foundation. ┬áIf a grant application is approved, the club’s contribution is matched by the District, and Foundation matches the District contribution 100 percent and the club’s at 50 percent. Under this system, each $1,000 contributed by the club toward a project results in a total of $3,500.

A project is born when Rotary clubs from two or more countries join together to accomplish a community service project. This program links Rotary clubs needing extra help with clubs in other countries that are willing to provide funds, materials, technical and professional assistance.

World Community Service projects have three criteria.

  • The project must be humanitarian in nature
  • Rotarians in two or more Rotary countries must be involved
  • One of the participating countries must contain the site of the project