Helping Fund the Fight

The unwavering commitment of Rotary members has been vital to the progress of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative. But Rotary and its partners can’t finish the job of eradicating polio alone. Support is needed from governments, nongovernmental organizations, corporations, and the public to fully fund the polio endgame plan.

Generous contributions from donors like those highlighted below are helping us reach our goal of a polio-free world. And our partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation guarantees a $2 match for every $1 donated (up to $35 million per year).

Rajashree Birla, an Indian philanthropist and businesswoman, made a $1 million gift to Rotary to help eradicate polio. Her son, Kumar Mangalam Birla, transformed the Aditya Birla Group into a Fortune 500 global conglomerate. Birla, who is an honorary member of the Rotary Clubs of Bombay and Mulund, has contributed more than $7.2 million to PolioPlus.

Sir Emeka Offor, a Nigerian business leader and philanthropist, announced a $1 million gift to Rotary for polio eradication efforts at Rotary’s convention in Sydney. Sir Emeka is executive vice chair of the oil and gas conglomerate Chrome Group. A member of the Rotary Club of Awka G.R.A. and Rotary’s PolioPlus ambassador in Nigeria, he has contributed $2.25 million to PolioPlus.

Terry and Barbara Caster made a $1.1 million gift to PolioPlus. Founder of A-1 Self Storage, Terry Caster is a member of the Rotary Club of La Mesa, California, USA.

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A bicycle rally organized by Rotary members across Germany netted more than $1 million.

The Ride to End Polio raised more than $730,000. Seventy Rotary cyclists, including General Secretary John Hewko, rode in the bike event, part of the annual El Tour de Tucson in Arizona, USA.

The World’s Greatest Meal to Help End Polio raised more than $210,000, supported by over 10,000 Rotary members in 30 countries.

END POLIO NOW: Make History Today campaign

From 2013 to 2018, every $1 Rotary commits to direct support for polio immunization will be matched 2-to-1 (up to $35 million per year) by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. If fully realized, the campaign will result in $525 million for polio eradication.

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