The Rotary Foundation has been recognised as the “Outstanding Foundation of 2016” by the International Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
Rotary's philanthropic commitment and leadership were especially highlighted as the AFP cited its comprehensive campaign to eradicate polio as one of the major factors behind the award.
“We are honoured to receive this recognition from the AFP which gives us even more reason to celebrate our Foundation’s Centennial year,” Rotary Foundation trustee chairman, Kalyan Banerjee, said when acknowledging the award.
“The continued strong support of rotary members will help us keep our promise of a polio-free world for all children – and to enable the foundation to carry out its mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill and peace.”
The Rotary Foundation’s top priority is the global eradication of polio.
Rotary launched its PolioPlus program in 1985, and in 1988 became a leading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.
Since then, Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than two billion children in 122 countries from this paralyzing disease.
The Foundation’s advocacy efforts also have resulted in another $9 billion from world governments and foundations, increasing its impact.
For some Rotary leaders and members, concerned about a perceived lack of recognition of Rotary’s key role in the Polio Eradication Campaign, news of the award success comes at an opportune time.
The Rotary Foundation is this year celebrating 100 years of “Doing Good in the World”.
Rotary Clubs throughout the world, large and small, will be celebrating the recognition of Rotary with this prestigious award.
President Des and members of the Rotary Club of Nambucca Heads are proud of the contribution this club has made over many years to the Eradication of Polio Campaign.
The club would like to extend a very special thank you to our local community which has always been, and continues to be, generous supporters of this and the many other projects undertaken by Rotary.