Economic and Community Development

The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation have identified six areas of focus for the new grant structure. These areas reflect critical humanitarian issues and needs that Rotarians are addressing worldwide. They will align Rotary with other international development efforts and will strategically further the Foundation’s mission.

Each of the six areas of focus begins with a statement of purpose, followed by a list of specific goals. The Foundation will use the goals to establish

  • Projects and activities for packaged global grants
  • Possible strategic partners for packaged global grants
  • Evaluation criteria for club- and district-developed global grants
  • A system for measuring outcome for all global grants


Statements of purpose and goals

The Rotary Foundation invests in people to create measurable and enduring economic improvement in their lives and communities by:

  • Strengthening the development of local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities
  • Developing opportunities for decent and productive work, particularly for youth
  • Building the capacity of local organizations and community networks to support economic development
  • Supporting studies related to economic and community development