The Rotary Club of Stratford Charitable Foundation (the "Foundation") was established June 21, 1955.  The Foundation is a registered charity under the Ontario Not For Profit Act and, as such, can issue receipts for tax purposes. The objects of the Foundation are:
1.      To receive and maintain a fund or funds and to apply all or part of the principal and income therefrom, from time to time, to qualified donees as defined in the Income Tax Act (Canada) as amended from time to time;
2.      To advance education by providing scholarships, bursaries, awards and other forms of financial assistance to primary, secondary and post-secondary students;
3.      To relieve poverty locally, nationally and internationally by providing those in need with:
a.    basic amenities, including food and clothing, medical support and equipment, other necessities of life and clean water, including water purification units;
b.    education and training programs in order to provide educational, vocational and essential skills training;  
4.      To provide literacy programs to members of the public;
5.      To promote health by providing respite to ill and disabled children and youth, their families and caregivers in the local community through temporary accommodation, medical support and related services;
6.      To establish, maintain and/or preserve public amenities, public recreational and athletic facilities, public community centres and events, and public community programs and services, all for the purpose of benefitting local communities and the general public;
7.      To educate and increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of the arts and performing arts by providing performances and other exhibitions of an artistic nature in public places;
8.      To protect the environment for the benefit of the public by organizing or participating in environmental projects designated to:
a.    preserve and protect flora and fauna;
b.    preserve, protect and restore rivers;
c.    improve the urban environment.
The Foundation oversees ownership and operation of the Rotary Respite House as well as managing the investment and disbursement activities of three distinct endowment funds as well as annual fundraising proceeds, the monies from which are used to support projects related to the objects listed above.