Posted by Stella Roy on Mar 27, 2019
Imagine somewhere in the world, perhaps not far from where you are now, a Rotary Peace Fellow sits, listening to a lecture or learning about different paths to community development. And as they do, inspiration arrives. That idea – their solution to making the world a more peaceful, prosperous, and stable place – will move from thought to action one day. And when it does, when that fellow takes the skills and knowledge they learned out into the world, it might just change the world.

Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 100 fully-funded fellowships for upcoming social change leaders who want to study peace and development at one of our peace centers. Right now, we have 98 fellows studying in the U.S., Japan, the U.K., Australia, Sweden, and Thailand.
So far in 2019, we have had more applicants than ever before. That’s because our strong reputation is spreading. And our growth continues: we have ambitions to set up more centers by 2030 to bring the unique benefits of the fellowship to more young leaders.

The peace centers are just one of the many endeavors of The Rotary Foundation. Think about all that Rotary does, from ending disease to helping communities develop their economies, and you think of The Rotary Foundation. So let’s support our Foundation to help keep sparking those ideas and to keep making the world a better place. We set a comprehensive fundraising goal of $380 million for the year, and with your help and generosity, we will get there. If you value supporting peace and increasing our Foundation’s impact, then I invite you to make an outright contribution today.

I also invite you be part of Rotary forever by setting up an endowed fund and creating your Rotary legacy.  As the value of your investment grows, your gift will reap benefits far into the future, in ways we cannot even imagine. 

Ron D. Burton
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair, 2018-19