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Albany Rotary

We are your neighbors. A diverse group of business leaders who connect to create a positive impact on the local and global community.

Get Involved

There are a number of ways of giving through Rotary. It can be a bit confusing, so we’ll try to straighten things out here.

The Rotary Foundation

The Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of Rotary International. It funds projects both locally through Rotary District 7190 and internationally. Click Here to make an online donation to The Rotary Foundation.

The Albany Rotary Foundation

The Albany Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of The Rotary Club of Albany, New York. It funds projects in Albany County, New York. The guidelines for the Albany Rotary Foundation appear further down on this page.

Charity Committee

The Charity Committee of The Albany Rotary Club funds smaller projects with simpler guidelines. It is funded by Happy Dollars contributions at Albany Rotary Club meetings.

Holiday Auction

The annual holiday auction raises money for an international project. The targeted project varies, and past projects have included Clean Water projects in Central America and Gift of Life (see below). The auction is typically on the first Wednesday after Thanksgiving. When the details for this year’s auction are available, they will appear in the calendar. Start thinking about things you could donate to the auction now, though!

Other Fundraisers

Albany Rotary does other fundraisers during the year. Popular ones include the Official T-shirt sales at the Albany Tulip Festival and providing transportation for cyclists at the end of the annual Erie Canal Bike Ride which is run by Parks And Trails New York.

Other Organizations

The following two charitable organizations have close ties to Rotary.

Gift of Life

Gift of Life Rotary District 7190 focuses on making life-saving heart surgeries available to children in the developing world who would otherwise be unable to receive it.


Shelterbox USA provides emergency shelter and supplies to disaster areas worldwide.


Albany Rotary Foundation Guidelines

The Albany Rotary Foundation is the charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Albany. The primary purpose of the Foundation is to provide charitable funds for people in need in the Albany community. The Foundation has steadily grown since its inception in 1980 resulting in grant distributions totaling over $130,000 to 60 Albany based non-profit agencies.

Below are general guidelines for non-profits seeking funds from the Albany Rotary Foundation. Organizations must meet the following requirements:

– Organizations must be a 501(C)(3),
– Projects or programs must support people in need,
– Locations must be in the Albany area,
– We prefer to give seed money for new projects, not for annual fund drives,
– Gift size ranges from $1,000 up to $2500.00 per year. Larger grants may be considered on an exception basis, and
– Requests for funding must be received by September 1st of each year for consideration.

Please click here for the updated Granting Guidelines – rev. 12-18-09.

Send applications to:
Albany Rotary Club
Attention: Albany Rotary Foundation
PO Box 3967
Albany, NY 12203