The mission of the Australian Rotary Foundation Trust is very much in line with the mission of the Rotary Foundation. Our goal is to enable Rotarians and other caring people to advanced world understanding, goodwill and peace, through the improvement of health, the support of education and the alleviation of poverty.

The Australian Rotary Foundation Trust has DGR status through the Overseas Aid Fund which means the Trust can offer tax deductibility for humanitarian and educational projects in approx. 150 developing nations. All monies contributed to the fund must be used in these countries if tax deductibility is given but the opportunities to ‘do good in the world’ abound.


Our contributors can be part of a variety of activities that may take the shape of humanitarian projects, scholarships, vocational training teams or any combination of the following activities:

Humanitarian projects supporting the goals of the areas of focus will produce measureable outcomes that will benefit the community in need long after funds have been expended. In addition, the community will be actively involved in all stages of the project.

Scholarships will support international, graduate-level study for a term of one to four years. The scholar’s academic and professional goals must further the goals of their selected area(s) of focus.

Vocational training teams will either provide or receive training within the areas of focus. Team size and composition, as well as professional background, are variable; however, each participant’s career goals must be linked to the area(s) of focus.

Areas of Focus

For more than 100 years, Rotarians have joined together from all continents, cultured and industries to take action in our communities and around the world. With a commitment to achieving lasting change, we work together to empower youth, enhance health, promote peace, and most important, advance the community towards a better life. While Rotarians and contributors can serve in countless ways, Rotary has focused its efforts in six areas, and these areas reflect some of the most critical and widespread humanitarian needs:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
  • Disease prevention and treatment
  • Water and sanitation
  • Maternal and child health
  • Education and literacy
  • Economic and community development

When planning new service projects, we encourage you to consider these areas and the many opportunities for innovative projects. This website provides an introduction to each area, as well as suggestions of how Rotarians and their service partners can address these needs.

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