Overview

The Rotary Club of Washington D.C. established the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC in 1922 to engage in works of charity. This year the Foundation celebrates its 96th year of dedicated support to local and international non-profit organizations engaged in a wide range of community development and charitable activities. Members of the Rotary Club of Washington DC are directly engaged in over 20 community projects annually, and through the Foundation, support another 40-60 organizations and projects through contributions.

Overview

The Rotary Club of Washington D.C. established the Rotary Foundation of Washington DC in 1922 to engage in works of charity. This year the Foundation celebrates its 96th year of dedicated support to local and international non-profit organizations engaged in a wide range of community development and charitable activities. Members of the Rotary Club of Washington DC are directly engaged in over 20 community projects annually, and through the Foundation, support another 40-60 organizations and projects through contributions.

We offer 3 Types of Grants

Community Service Grants of $1,000 to $5,000

Community Service Grants of $1,000 to $5,000 per organization supporting projects that demonstrate need for small capital items or “seed money” for special services that provide direct and tangible benefits principally within the District of Columbia.
Below are a sample of the community service projects that our club members do every year.

  • Grate Patrol – Attend, publicize and coordinate the Club’s participation in the Salvation Army Grate Patrol. The Grate Patrol Homeless Outreach Program brings an evening meal and the opportunity for professional help to the homeless on the streets of Washington, DC. Members volunteer with twice a month with our Rotaract Club.

  • Trees for the Capital – Attend, publicize and coordinate tree plantings with the National Park Service to recognize weekly speakers and special occasions. We host tree planting ceremonies 1-2 times per year on the Tidal Basin or in Farragut Park in Northwest.

  • Walter Reed Bingo – The Club’s manages a bingo game monthly at Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda for military veterans and their families. The club has been hosting this event since World War II.

Foundation Special Project Grants of $20,000 supporting larger projects that demonstrate long-term sustainability and impact and offer opportunities for Rotary members to volunteer and raise the profile of the organization and Rotary in the DC community.

Consistent with The Rotary Foundation, the Rotary Club of Washington, DC’s International Service Committee (ISC) identifies projects, contributes to funding, and oversees and reports on the completion of projects located around the world.

The ISC funds and oversees international humanitarian projects that align with The Rotary Foundation’s mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Recent projects have been selected from Rotary’s six Areas of Focus — maternal and child health, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict prevention/resolution, and economic and community development.

The Rotary Club of Washington, D.C. helps to select World Peace Fellowship and Global Grant (formerly Ambassadorial) Scholars for our Rotary District, District 7620.

Applications for the World Peace Fellowships can be found on Rotary International’s website. The deadline to submit an application to our club for a 2019-2020 Peace Fellowships is May 31.  Applications for the Global Grant Scholarships can be found on the 7620 District website (www.rotary7620.org).

Please contact Mr. Octavian Ionici at oionici@gmail.com for more information.

Dictionary Projects

The Rotary Club of Washington DC has been an active participant in The Dictionary Project for more than 10 years, providing over 48,900 dictionaries to students in the District of Columbia. We appreciate the dedication of the Washington DC Rotarians and their years of service. By giving students their own personal dictionary, members are providing the building block for a greater culture of literacy in the community.