Rotary forges partnerships with like-minded groups – from community nonprofits to the United Nations – that make us stronger and more successful at what we do.
To partner with your local Rotary club, contact a club in your area.
Rotary collaborates with international, governmental, and university groups to tackle global humanitarian issues.
- Polio: Rotary is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative to end polio, along with the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Peace and conflict resolution: The Rotary Peace Centers program develops leaders who are catalysts for peace and conflict resolution locally and globally. Rotary Peace Fellows receive a master’s degree or complete a certificate program at one of our partner universities:
- Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
- Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
- International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
- University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England
- University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
- Uppsala University, Sweden
- Water and sanitation: Rotary and the U.S. Agency for International Development work together to support water and sanitation projects through the RI/USAID International H2O Collaboration.
Rotary’s relationship with the following partners opens the door for Rotarians to work with them directly:
- ShelterBox for disaster relief
- Global FoodBanking Network for hunger
- Dollywood Foundation's Imagination Library for literacy
- International Reading Association for literacy. Find out more about starting a literacy project in our Literacy Project Guide.
- Goodwill Industries International for vocational training
- YSA (Youth Service America) for youth involvement
Our strategic partners
- Aga Khan University supports health educators training and nursing scholarships
- Mercy Ships supports vocational training and medical service
- UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education supports water and sanitation scholarships
United Nations and Nongovernmental Organizations
Rotary appoints representatives each year to UN bodies and NGOs worldwide. Rotary’s representatives meet regularly with officers and staff from international agencies to:
- Discuss parallel concerns and potential areas for cooperation
- Inform organizations about Rotary’s programs
- Gather information about the developments and programs of other groups
Rotary appoints representatives to:
- African Union
- Council of Europe
- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
- Economic Commission for Africa
- Economic Commission for Europe
- Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
- Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
- International Fund for Agricultural Development
- Organisation interational de la Francophonie
- Organization of American States
- United Nations Environmental Programme
- United Nations Headquarters
- United Nations Office at Geneva
- United Nations Office at Vienna
- World Bank
- World Food Programme