The Rotary Foundation
The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$117.9 million contributed in 2004-05. The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world.
One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the poliovirus worldwide.  In 2007, Rotary International announced a partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that will inject a much-needed US$200 million into the global campaign to eradicate polio, a crippling and sometimes fatal disease that still paralyzes children in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East and threatens children everywhere. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year.




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. The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.


District Rotary Foundation Committee  (DRFC)

The District Rotary Foundation Committee consists of experienced Rotarians who have shown a commitment to the Foundation as demonstrated through program participation and financial contributions. The DRFC  is led by a DRFC Chair that is appointed for a three-year term. The DRFC chair must have significant knowledge of, commitment to, and experience with Rotary Foundation activities. The members of the District Rotary Foundation Committee also serve as the Chair for one of the District Foundation Committees, including:

DRFC Chair, PDG Wade Nomura, Carpenteria Morning:   The District Rotary Foundation Chair plays a critical role in furthering The Rotary Foundation's objective of world understanding and peace by reaching out to the clubs, sharing the Foundation's important message, and helping to realize the Foundation's goals. Under the District Governor's leadership, the Chair works with the committee to plan, coordinate, and evaluate all district Foundation activities and training.

District Grants Subcommittee Chair, David Gore, Goleta Noontime: The Grants Committee is responsible for informing the clubs and district committees of possibilities for obtaining support for Foundation Grants such as District Grants and Global Grants. The Grants Committee will be responsible for reviewing and certifying the accuracy of all grant applications before the applications are submitted to the Rotary Foundation for funding. 

The Committee is responsible for promoting, encouraging, educating and assisting clubs in the development of project proposals for District Simplified Grants (DSG).

Global Grants Subcommittee Chair, Martin Senn, Goleta

Scholarships:  The Scholarships Committee is responsible for promoting and district participation in the Ambassadorial Scholarships, Rotary Grants for University Teachers, and the Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution.  The two programs are called Peace and Conflict Resolution Scholars and Ambassadorial Scholarships.

Annual  Fund, Jim Bell, Bakersfield Twilight: The Annual Giving Committee is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive and effective district program to achieve the district's Annual Programs Fund giving goal. These efforts will have the primary objectives of (1) promoting the Foundation many successes to Rotarians and others. (2) encouraging every Rotarian to make an annual contribution (3) educating Rotarians on the Foundations operations and (4) motivating Rotarians to participate in club and district-sponsored Foundation programs.

Endowment Fund, Mike Weaver, Ojai:  The Endowment Fund Committee is responsible for securing Benefactor commitments and Bequest Society members and soliciting major gifts from those capable individuals to build the Permanent Fund.

PolioPlus, Bob Putney, Cambria: The District PolioPlus Committee is responsible for supporting Rotary's commitment to polio eradication and encouraging participation in PolioPlus activities by all Rotarians. 

TRF Alumni, Max Copenhagen (Camarillo):  The overall goal of the District Foundation Alumni Committee is to encourage Rotary clubs in our district to involve Foundation Alumni in Rotary activities.  Urge clubs to consider alumni as potential members of Rotary and as potential contributors to the Foundation. The committee also helps the District to use alumni as effective advocates for the programs of the Foundation. 

Paul Harris Society, Frank Ortiz, Santa Maria Breakfast

The District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair and the District Rotary Foundation Committee are responsible for developing the annual Rotary Foundation Seminars, District Assembly training, and providing information on each of the TRF programs to the clubs in District 5240.