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The Rotary Foundation is Rotary International's own charitable fund, a not-for-profit corporation supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation worldwide who share its vision of a better world. The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

The major programmes of the Rotary Foundation include: Ambassadorial Scholarships; Rotary World Peace Fellowships; Group Study Exchange; Health, Hunger & Humanity (3-H) Grants; Polio Plus; Matching Grants for international service projects; and Volunteer Service Grants.

The Rotary Club of Dudley contributes financially to the Rotary Foundation and participates in some of its actions.

Polio Plus Program:
Since 1985, eradicating polio worldwide has been Rotary’s top philanthropic goal. Rotary has contributed over $1 billion and countless volunteer hours to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries. Cases of polio have been reduced by well over 99%. The disease remains endemic in just three countries - Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan - although other countries remain at risk from imported cases.
end polio now

As part of a US$355 million challenge grant awarded to Rotary by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rotary clubs worldwide raised US$200 million by the start of 2012. The Gates Foundation has pledged a further US$50 million, so Rotary will aim to match it. The Dudley club is committed to making a substantial annual donation as our contribution towards this magnificent project.

Argentine GSE team      

Group Study Exchange:
GSE involves the exchange of small teams of young non-Rotarian professionals with a Rotary district overseas. The host district organises a 4-6 week itinerary of vocational, educational, and cultural points of interest for the visitors.

The Dudley club aims to participate in hosting, escorting or entertaining visiting team members, including arranging workplace and civic visits, of each overseas GSE team visiting our district. Recent exchanges have been with teams from Argentina, Kansas/Oklahoma, Malaysia and Canada.