By Carl W. Treleaven, PDG
Certainly, the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Action Groups (RAGs) share the common thread of "Rotary" in their names, but what lies in the intricate interplay between these two pillars of service? In the realm of collaboration for impactful change, Rotary Action Groups, while independent entities, exist harmoniously to amplify the remarkable work of the Rotary Foundation.

Unveiling the Tapestry of Rotary Action Groups: A Network of Purpose

Imagine 26 threads intricately woven into the fabric of global change, each representing a distinct Rotary Action Group with a unique cause. Navigating through this rich tapestry is an endeavor, yet the journey is made accessible. By visiting, one can explore a comprehensive list of Action Groups, each equipped with its own website providing a gateway to specialized knowledge and resources.

RAGCED: A Focused Force in Economic Development

Enter RAGCED, the Rotary Action Group for Community Economic Development, a dynamic force aligned with the Rotary Foundation's commitment to economic development. The Rotary Foundation, through its global and district grants, has been a stalwart in fostering positive change worldwide. RAGCED, in turn, steps in to collaborate with Rotarians, Rotaractors, and Rotary Clubs interested in the economic development arena.

Beyond Boundaries: The Role of Rotary Action Groups

While District Rotary Foundation Committees (DRFCs) play a crucial role in connecting Rotarians with the Rotary Foundation, the complexity of their responsibilities is undeniable. Tasked with overseeing all seven Areas of Focus, DRFCs are generalists in a field where specialization can make a profound impact. This is where Rotary Action Groups become invaluable—offering concentrated expertise in specific areas, acting as a wellspring of knowledge that transcends the limitations of a district committee.

Navigating Expertise: Tapping into Action Groups

The question arises: How can individuals and clubs harness the expertise housed within an Action Group? The journey begins on the Action Group's website. For those interested in economic development projects, a visit to is the gateway to a wealth of resources. The Operations Committee at RAGCED stands ready to address queries about economic development global and district grants, providing guidance for those eager to embark on their transformative journey.

Webinars and Beyond: Accessing Action Group Insights

Engagement goes beyond websites, with RAGCED offering monthly webinars as a platform for deeper exploration. Delve into the intricacies of economic development projects or explore archived programs on YouTube. Rotary Action Groups stand as beacons of knowledge, guiding Rotarians toward success in obtaining global and district grants.

Conclusion: An Enduring Partnership

In conclusion, while the Rotary Foundation continues its impactful work across diverse focus areas, Rotary Action Groups stand as specialized allies, empowering individuals and clubs to navigate the complexities of grant applications and project implementation. Explore the world of Action Groups at, and specifically, uncover the realm of RAGCED at—a testament to the enduring partnership between action and impact.