The Rotary Foundation

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.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. As the charitable arm of Rotary, we tap into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into our priorities, such as eradicating polio and promoting peace.

Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.
Strong financial oversight, a stellar charity rating, and a unique funding model mean that we make the very most of your contribution. Give and become a part of Rotary’s life-changing work!


Our team of experienced Rotarians is here to help you reach your fundraising and grant goals. We are able to assist with any challenges you may have with The Rotary Foundation. We can provide you with easy access to useful resources, speakers, million-dollar dinners, END POLIO NOW celebrations, fund-raisers and endowment, and major gift opportunities.


We help with District and Global Grant applications and assist with Community Assessment plans. Let us help facilitate your District’s Strategic Plan to work with The Rotary Foundation. We offer help in training DRFC members and club Rotary Foundation Chairs. We can help in sharing best practices with our knowledge of how our Zone’s 30 Districts operate.

Meet your Regional Rotary Foundation Giving Team

Shirley Grace

Shirley is Past President of the Rotary Club of Fresno (08-09) and Past District Governor of District 5230 (12-13). Shirley has served her District as Foundation Chair and council on Legislation and served as Zone 25-26 Institute Chair in 2017-2018. On July first, 2022, Shirley began a three-year term as Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator for Zone 26. She’s a cyclist and has raised over $400,000 for End Polio Now over the last 7 years. A recipient of the Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World and The Foundations Meritorious Service Award, Shirley and her husband Dick are Major Donors and Bequest Society Members.

Her passion is ‘hands on service’ through local and International Grants projects, and many of those projects she remains involved with through multi-year commitments and relationships. Shirley travels throughout the US to inspire Rotarians as a keynote speaker and continues to find fulfillment and peace through Rotary and Community Service.

Ken Howell | Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator

Ken served as President of the Rotary Club of Boise, Inc., in 2008-2009. He was selected as District Governor for Rotary District 5400 (all of southern Idaho from McCall to Utah) and served in 2015-2016. Ken served as the Zone Institute Service Coordinator in 2016, and as the Training Chair in 2017 for the Houston Zone Institute, which was canceled by Hurricane Harvey – training of DGE’s and DGN’s occurred in Evanston, IL, at Rotary International headquarters later that year. Ken served as Chair of the Host Committee for the 2018 Zone Institute in Boise, ID. He currently serves as Co-chair of the Special Sessions division of the 2019 Zone Institute to be held in Denver, CO. Ken is a senior partner in the law firm of Hawley Troxell Ennis & Hawley, LLP, and lives in Boise, ID with his wife Bernadine Marconi.

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