The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary to achieve world understanding an dpeace through international humanitarian, educational and cultural exchange programs.
The Rotary Club of San Rafael supports the Foundation through its members' volunarty contributions and utilizes its philanthropic and volunteer resources in its own international programs as well.
This youth exchange program for girls has been ongoing between the Rotary Clubs of San Rafael and Utsunomiya since 1972. Annually, each Club invites two high school level girls to be the guests of Rotary families for a period of two to four weeks.
The Utsunomiya program provides American and Japanese girls with an invaluable opportunity to experience an international culture through the lives of their host families.
Last year, members of the Marin Catholic High School Interact club traveled to Colima, Mexico to build homes and provide health care services in this community.
Project Amigo was the first Rotary program to provide grants for "bricks and mortar" to allow families to begin to escape poverty and homelessness. All services are provided free to the local residents.
The Rotary Club of San Rafael supports this international humanitarian effort to eradicate landmines by transforming "seeds of desctruction" into "seeds of renewal." This program raises funds and community awareness for the transformation of minefields into productive agricultural uses.
Roots of Pease is the first US organization to adopt a minefield in Dragalic, Croatia. The Rotary Club of San Rafael is one of the many public and private organizations that have joined with Roots of Peace and the United Nations Association Adopt-A-Minefield campaign. The founder of Roots of Peace was a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael.
Since 1965 the Group Study Exchange program has provided grants for teams of men and women in the early stages of their business and professional careers to travel abroad and share vocational information with members of their professions in other countries.
Living in the homes of local Rotarians, team members spend from four to six weeks studying the host country's institutions, economy and culture while observing how their own professions are practiced there. In recent years, District 5150 has exchanged Group Study Teams with districts in Japan and Sweden.
Established in 1947, Ambassadorial Scholarships is Rotary's oldest and best-known program. More than 30,000 men and women from 100 nations have studied abroad with support from Rotary since the program's founding. Last year, morre thatn 1300 scholarships were awarded, totalling more than $24 million.