A Philanthropy that Has Completely Changed the World


The power of philanthropy is immense. You have the opportunity to totally change the world and sincerely make life better for others. When philanthropy is done correctly, it can provide help that is desperately needed and lead to the chance for growth and healing for people who need aid. One of the charities that has made the biggest difference is the Rotary Foundation. This philanthropy (along with its partners) has provided considerable aid around the world and receives a score of 97.87 on Charity Navigator. I’m going to go into more detail on how the Rotary Foundation has made a significant difference and improved people’s lives around the globe.

What is the Rotary Foundation?

The Rotary Foundation is the foundation of Rotary International, so the two organizations go hand-in-hand. Rotary International is primarily a service organization with clubs around the world. Its main goal is to bring top leaders around the world together in order to provide humanitarian services to those in need and promote general goodwill and peace, whether it’s for those who are struggling or in business practices. The organization is not directly affiliated with any political party or religion and invites anyone, regardless of their background, to join.

The Foundation was created to make Rotary International’s goals a reality. The organization solely receives funds from members of Rotary International or others who see fit to donate to the Foundation. This year marks the anniversary of 100 years since the Foundation was first begun in 1917.

What have they done?

The Rotary Foundation has various programs that it works on in order to help out people around the world. While their causes are numerous and they often help with other projects, the Foundation’s three main focuses are: polio eradication, humanitarian grants, and facilitating educational programs, often through grants and scholarships. These three causes are incredibly noteworthy and the Foundation has raised and used billions of dollars toward these projects. The Foundation has made exceptional progress in eradicating polio, vaccinating over 2.5 billion children around the world.

Within the last week, the Rotary Foundation has made significant contributions toward helping the victims of Hurricane Harvey. So far, United States Rotary chapters have raised thousands of dollars for hurricane aid in Texas and the number continues to rise. Rotary clubs around the world banded together to raise money to send to Texas, which shows the far-reaching influence Rotary International holds.

Who do they work with?

While the Rotary Foundation does plenty of incredible work on their own, they also partner with a few other organizations to help further their specific goals. Two of these other charities are the World Health Organization and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, both of which focus on improving healthcare around the world.


Philanthropy in Schools Solves the World’s Issues


Philanthropy is the best way to create a brighter future and today’s children are the ones who will lead this charge. I’ve already talked about how important it is to teach your children about charity, but it’s also important that philanthropy is incorporated into schools. Between the approximate ages of 5 and 18, Kids spend the majority of their time in school. School takes up a huge amount of their time, so it’s the perfect place to practice and learn more about philanthropy. Here are some reasons why philanthropy should be incorporated in schools and how it can benefit children.

Teaches them to be compassionate

One of the biggest reasons students should be encouraged to learn about and participate in philanthropy at school is that it makes them more compassionate. When someone’s compassionate, it benefits all their interactions with other people and makes it much easier to relate to others. For students, this trait is vitally important when it comes to interacting with their classmates. There is often bullying in schools and some children have a difficult time getting along with others, but if they can learn more about compassion, you’ll see students form stronger relationships and less instances of bullying.

Creates more connections

In school, students generally have their specific friend groups and rarely branch out. Offering ways to participate in philanthropic activities can help students meet other members of their school and make new connections. Students also have an opportunity to meet the people their philanthropy is helping. However, one of the biggest connections students will make is finding quality role models. The adults who lead philanthropic efforts and teach students about charity can become their role models and help students learn about doing good.

Opportunity to be involved in something

Many students simply go through school without becoming involved in much, but if there are more philanthropic opportunities and students are required to participate in something, it gives them the opportunity to find something they love. When students are involved in activities, it helps them connect with other students, learn, and often feel better about themselves.

Makes them enjoy school

If a student feels excited about a charity event that the school is hosting, they are more likely to enjoy school. If the school organizes fun and interesting events to teach children about philanthropy or plans some kind of fundraiser, kids get really excited about something that lets them have fun. This way, students enjoy school more because they have something they’re looking forward to.

Students become more confident

Philanthropy can also help raise students’ self esteem. When children know they’re doing good and helping other people, it makes them feel good. Encouraging students to participate in philanthropy shows them that they can make a difference in the world.