How clubs can work with Rotary partners
You can work with Rotary's partners to plan more effective and sustainable projects.
To ensure that your project fits the needs of a community:
- Use Community Assessment Tools to learn strategies for assessing a community's strengths, weaknesses, and needs; designing the most relevant projects; and maximizing your partnership's impact.
- Use the memorandum of understanding for a cooperating organization template to customize an agreement between your club and its partner.
- Finance projects by hosting fundraisers or applying for a district or global grant.
Your community has many potential partners, including organizations that already have relationships with Rotary.
Ashoka, an international organization, has more than 3,000 leading social entrepreneurs, known as Ashoka fellows, who create positive social and economic change. Ashoka fellows collaborate with communities, businesses, and organizations on innovative ventures to foster meaningful and sustainable improvement.
Ashoka fellows can work with Rotary members on community development projects in Egypt, Mexico, Nigeria, Netherlands, Philippines, Romania, and Spain. Fellows can connect you with a network of local business and community leaders.
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Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit, works with families and individuals in need, helping them build or improve homes.
Rotary clubs can work directly with local Habitat chapters by assessing communities that need better housing, securing in-kind contributions for building homes, and volunteering on building projects. Clubs can also work with chapters to improve water and sanitation conditions and help people develop the skills and independence they need to build better lives.
Institute for Economics and Peace
The Institute for Economics and Peace is dedicated to measuring and reporting on the economic value of peace. It offers educational and community-based programs to increase stability in communities.
Clubs and the institute will work together to create a Peace Academy, an online training program with interactive tools and webinars about new peacebuilding methods and the underlying causes of conflict. Clubs will also participate in Positive Peace workshops in Mexico and Colombia, which bring together diverse groups of community leaders and peacebuilders to discuss projects on conflict resolution.
Mediators Beyond Borders International
Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) brings mediation and peace skills to communities around the world. MBBI works to improve a community's capacity to heal after conflict, reconcile differences, and prevent issues from escalating.
By working with MBBI, Rotary members can:
- Become trained peace conversation facilitators
- Get assistance with conducting community assessments and planning and implementing projects
- Tap into peace resources and a network of global peacebuilding experts
- Get involved with one of MBBI's other programs
The U.S. Peace Corps allows volunteers to immerse themselves in other cultures and work side by side with local leaders to tackle their host communities' most pressing challenges. Peace Corps volunteers serve in more than 60 countries and work with nongovernmental organizations, host-country governments, and local community members to address local needs.
Rotary clubs can work with Peace Corps volunteers to identify a project's prospective beneficiaries, assess communities, and involve community members in projects. When Peace Corps volunteers return, they can give presentations at Rotary club meetings and find clubs interested in partnering on international projects.
ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and supplies to assist survivors immediately after a disaster.
Rotary works with ShelterBox in all phases of disaster relief: identifying regions that need support, volunteering in relief efforts, facilitating meetings with government officials and relief agencies, and funding supplies. Rotary can also help with logistics, including customs clearance; house deployed teams; arrange transportation; and offer language interpretation.
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that helps its members become more effective public speakers, communicators, and leaders. Like Rotary, it has a worldwide network of clubs.
By working with Toastmasters, Rotary and Rotaract members will have more opportunities to improve their leadership and communication skills, broaden their networks, and increase their impact.
Clubs and districts can get involved in this alliance by learning more about Toastmasters, exploring its resources and public speaking tips, visiting a local Toastmasters club, or watching a video to learn what happens at a Toastmasters meeting.
You can also invite members of Toastmasters to visit your club, be a guest speaker, or participate in a service activity.
If Toastmasters doesn’t have a club in your area, you can still use the organization’s online resources.
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The United States Agency for International Development
USAID is one of the world's largest governmental aid agencies. Rotary and USAID jointly support programs to improve access to safe water supplies, sanitation, and hygiene in Ghana, Madagascar, and Uganda.
Clubs can support these efforts financially or work directly with USAID by providing technical help or field support, or advocating for initiatives to improve water, sanitation, and hygiene.