The Oconomowoc Rotary Charitable Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. The Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

The Foundation acts as the charitable arm of the Oconomowoc Rotary Club and provides funds for worthy causes such as the Rotary International Polio Plus program and local charities as well as student scholarships.

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.

How we use our funds:

Oconomowoc Rotary Sponsorships and Projects:

  • Angels Grace Hospice
  • Badger Boys & Girls State
  • Blessings in a Back Pack
  • Boy Scouts Troop 12
  • City of Oconomowoc Roundabout
  • Cooney/Gosling Recreation Trail
  • Highway Clean Up
  • Independence Day Parade
  • International Youth Exchange
  • Lake Area Free Clinic & Dental Clinic
  • Malawi Water Project
  • Oconomowoc Arts Center
  • Oconomowoc Avenue of Trees
  • Oconomowoc Fire Department
  • Oconomowoc Food Pantry
  • Oconomowoc Historical Society
  • Oconomowoc Kids Fest
  • Oconomowoc Public Library
  • OHS DECA
  • OHS National Honor Society Math & Science Scholarships
  • ProHealth Care Supporting Recovery
  • Purple Loosestrife Project
  • Roosevelt Field Pavilion
  • Rotary International Polio Plus
  • Shorehaven Homes
  • Sounds of Oconomowoc
  • World Affairs Seminar
  • YMCA Miracle Field


Eradicating polio: Around the world, Rotarians are taking millions of steps in walkathons, diving into icy ocean waters, and participating in other fundraisers to help Rotary fulfill its promise to rid the world of polio. Rotary launched its Polio Plus program in 1985. Since then, eradicating polio has been the organization's top priority.

Fighting hunger: In Romania, orphans and sick children have eggs, milk, and meat because of a Foundation grant that benefits local farmers. The farmers are able to buy everything from animal feed to packaging materials. There is one stipulation: They must donate a portion of their products to children’s hospitals, schools, and orphanages. Projects such as this help address the areas of focus of maternal and child health as well as economic and community development.

Reducing child mortality:  According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million children die of diarrhea every year, making it the second leading cause of death among children under five. Proper sanitation can reduce the rate of child mortality in many communities by up to a third. Water and sanitation is the third area of focus.

Promoting peace and conflict resolution: Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders in promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and conflict resolution.

Basic education and literacy: Education helps rebuild lives, whether it's in small rural towns or in war-torn countries. For example, a literacy project sponsored by U.S. Rotarians in conjunction with the International Reading Association (IRA) is helping Sudanese refugees rebuild their communities by equipping them to teach future generations.