Paul Harris was the founder of the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, in 1905. His intention was to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. That Rotary Club in Chicago grew to become the global service organization of today, Rotary International (RI).
A major part of the work of Rotary International is carried out through The Rotary Foundation (TRF). The Rotary Foundation is a registered charity that supports the efforts of RI to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange.
It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.
Programs TRF supports include Polio Plus, a program designed to eradicate Polio from the world. It supports Humanitarians programs, including grants to fund club and district service projects and matching grants for international projects.