New fundraising goal set for Rotary Peace Centers

The Rotary Foundation Trustees have set a new goal for the Rotary Peace Centers Major Gifts Initiative: raising $125 million in gifts and commitments by June 2015. The funds will be used to build an endowment to ensure the program’s continuation for future generations as well as meet its immediate expenses.

Each year, up to 100 Rotary Peace Fellows are selected to participate in a master’s degree or certificate program at one of our partner universities. Fellows study subjects related to the root causes of conflict and explore innovative solutions that address real-world needs.

Today, the nearly 800 peace fellow alumni serve as leaders in national governments, nongovernmental organizations, the military, law enforcement, and international institutions such as the United Nations and World Bank.

The Rotary Foundation established the initiative in 2005 with the goal of raising $95 million, which has nearly been reached. In April, the trustees reevaluated the needs of the peace centers program -- one of Rotary’s highest educational priorities -- and agreed to raise the target to $125 million.

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