The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Evanston, IL


Eradicating Disease

The Challenge

For over three decades, eradicating polio has been a rallying cry for Rotarians all over the world. Rotary International is a partner with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control in providing a vaccine to eradicate this crippling disease.  With 22,000 clubs across 161 countries, a multi-tiered volunteer structure spanning the globe and a cohesive plan were required to raise the necessary funds.

The Solution

CCS conducted a planning study to help The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International take the first step toward raising the funds to eradicate polio.  The PolioPlus campaign raised more than $247 million on a $120 million goal. Most recently, CCS conducted a fundraising assessment that included a review of the role and utilization of the global Rotary volunteer structure, a review of the fund development staffing structure, major gift prospect identification, and strategic planning to help the foundation strengthen and accelerate fundraising.

The Impact

When PolioPlus began, there were 350,000 cases in 125 countries.  According to global polio surveillance data from February 2016, there were two polio cases in one country.

Key Elements

  • Campaign team of nearly 4,000 volunteers in 23,000 communities and in 161 countries
  • 85% of Rotary Clubs participated in the campaign
  • $110 million raised from outside of the United States
  • Polio cases reduced to two in one country

Services Provided

  • Planning Study
  • Campaign Management
  • Development Assessment