About Rotary

Rotary is Nancy Hughes

An Oregon woman helping to save lives, improve the environment, and create new jobs in Latin America through safe cookstoves.

Rotary is Kwi-Won Park

The Korean "mother of medicine" who has helped repair congenital defects in thousands of children.

Rotary is Ahmes Ghabrial

An Egyptian physician who introduced an innovative literacy method in his country that has helped thousands of Egyptians learn to read and write.

We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.

Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.

What makes us different?

Our distinct point of view and approach gives us unique advantages:

  • We see differently: Our multidisciplinary perspective helps us see challenges in unique ways.
  • We think differently: We apply leadership and expertise to social issues—and find unique solutions.
  • We act responsibly: Our passion and perseverance create lasting change.
  • We make a difference at home and around the world: Our members can be found in your community and across the globe.

How do we work?

Our impact starts with our members—people who work tirelessly with their clubs to solve some of our communities' toughest challenges. Their efforts are supported by Rotary International, our member association, and The Rotary Foundation, which turns generous donations into grants that fund the work of our members and partners around the world. Rotary is led by our members—responsible leaders who help to carry forward our organization's mission and values in their elected roles.

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How did we get here?

We've been making history and bringing our world closer together for over 100 years. Since forming in 1905, we've taken on some of the world's toughest challenges and helped a wide range of international and service organizations—from the UN to Easter Seals—get started.

Learn about Rotary's history

How do we use our funds?

Responsible leadership means more than just doing good work—it means making the most out of every donation we receive.

See how we maximize our impact