Nigel Barnfield, previously Honorary Treasurer Rotary International and member of Bishops Waltham Rotary Club spoke to Alresford Rotary members on Monday September 16th, 2019. Nigel explained that the Rotary Foundation is supported only from contributions made by Rotary members and supporters.
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.
Through Foundation grants and programs, Rotarians can help change the world. They can finance a well for a village that lacks clean water, improve the environment or provide scholarships to educate the next generation. The grants and programs available to Rotarians allow them to realise Rotary’s humanitarian mission throughout the world, including its number-one goal of eradicating polio.
He mentioned that some 90% of the funds are spent on programmes and programmes and projects it delivers. These projects cover many areas. Much of the funds he spoke of were calculated in US Dollars. Nigel, made a very pointed explanation of how Gift Aid added considerable additional funds to the Rotary Foundation.