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Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

CharityWatch report issued
November 2018

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
1560 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

To advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2017

Program Percentage: 91%

The percentage of Rotary Foundation of Rotary International's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $7

How many dollars Rotary Foundation of Rotary International spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International IRS Form 990 36-3245072
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Audited Financial Statements 36-3245072
Entity: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3245072
Entity: Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 36-3245072

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
meets governance benchmarks.
Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy No Sharing  

  Name Title Compensation
1 John Hewko General Secretary $507,638
2 Michele Berg Deputy General Secretary $280,627
3 Peter Markos Chief Information Officer $275,167
Name: John Hewko
Title: General Secretary
Compensation: $507,638
Name: Michele Berg
Title: Deputy General Secretary
Compensation: $280,627
Name: Peter Markos
Title: Chief Information Officer
Compensation: $275,167

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
CharityWatch's rating of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #36-3245072). The rating includes the financial activities of the Rotary Foundation's associate foundations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan and the United Kingdom.

CharityWatch's rating does not include the financial activities of the 34,000 local Rotary Clubs located across the globe that are supported by Rotary Foundation grants or the financial activities of Rotary International (RI), the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization (tax ID #36-1707667). RI is a worldwide association of Rotary Clubs. CharityWatch does not provide a separate rating for Rotary International.

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even if their financial activities are included together in a combined or consolidated audit, due to their differing tax treatments by the IRS. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page.
According to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (the Foundation) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note H - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant):

"Beginning in the fiscal year 2008, the Foundation entered into grant agreements with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to support the global polio eradication initiative. The intent of the grant agreements is to strengthen the Foundation's leadership in working with other organizations, such as the United Nations Children's Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, in pursuit of the eradication of polio throughout the world. In accordance with the grant agreements and all future addendums, the Foundation recognizes revenue when all contingencies to the grant are substantially met.

"In June 2013, the Foundation and BMGF signed an addendum for a grant award from BMGF of up to $350,000 subject to revised contingencies. The addendum provides a 2:1 match for new spending from non-BMGF funds, with a match of up to $70,000 per calendar year for calendar years 2014-2018. The Foundation recorded a $70,000 award as revenue in fiscal years 2017 and 2016.

"In May 2017, the Foundation and BMGF signed an addendum for a grant award from BMGF of up to $230,000. The addendum provides a 2:1 match for new spending from non-BMGF funds, with an additional match of up to $30,000 in calendar year 2018 and a match of up to $100,000 per calendar year for calendar years 2019-2020."
According to The Rotary Foundation tax filing for the fiscal year-ended June 30, 2017 regarding Highest Compensated Employees:

"The Rotary Foundation has a highest compensated employee at its office in Zurich, Switzerland, which is currently undisclosed due to potential infringement of local data privacy laws. Salaries for staff at the international offices are established in their local currency and translated to US dollars for reporting purposes, resulting in potentially large fluctuations in the US dollar reportable equivalent for compensation" (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III).