To better help your club or district respond to the needs
of communities affected by natural disasters, The Rotary
Foundation has created the Rotary Disaster Response Fund.
THE NEW ROTARY
DISASTER RESPONSE FUND
Gifts to the fund cannot be directed to a specific disaster, but are available to districts
through Rotary Disaster Response Grants. Districts that are qualified for Rotary
grants, meet the eligibility guidelines, and are in an area that has been affected by a
natural disaster can apply for a grant of up to $25,000, based on the availability of funds.
“Historically, Rotary has struggled in our role to address immediate needs after disasters.
We are not a relief organization,” says Mary Beth Growney Selene, a past Foundation
trustee. “Our clubs are better equipped for long-term recovery. However, this new fund
will allow our members to respond swiftly and effectively, bringing hope to those who
have been affected by disaster.”
Districts can use this kind of grant to start their own projects or work with established
relief organizations to help their communities recover from events like hurricanes or
earthquakes. Grant funds can be used to provide basic items such as water, food, and
clothing. A district may apply for another disaster response grant after reporting on the
progress of its first project.
The trustees created this fund as the single mechanism for Rotarians to give to the
Foundation to support disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. Trustees agreed to
transfer remaining monies from previous Foundation disaster funds to this new fund.
The Rotary Foundation also offers funding to support long-term disaster recovery efforts
through global grants.
You can make a gift to the fund at rotary.org/donate. Just click the Donate button and
select Disaster Response Fund. Gifts will be credited toward your club’s annual giving
goal, but will not apply to SHARE or generate District Designated Funds. Gifts are
counted toward Annual Fund club recognition including 100% Paul Harris Fellow,
100% Foundation Giving, and Every Rotarian, Every Year.