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Where the Money Goes

Money Where It Matters

The Rotary Club of Kirkland has been supporting the Kirkland community for over 85 years, raising over $1,000,000 for local charities, schools, and various international projects. The Kirkland-wide rummage sale is planned to run each summer in early July  so that community members may regularly expect to donate their no-longer-needed possessions, and dozens of volunteers can turn those donated items into dollars for good. The collection and sale of donated items makes an impact in the lives of real people in many ways. We may not think about it, but it gives a wide variety of goods a longer life, keeping them out of landfills. It facilitates the transfer of no longer needed goods to families who are in need of the goods and at bargain prices. And, with your help, we then:



  • Fund community grants to nonprofit organizations, such as food banks and women’s shelters.

  • Build large community projects such as parks and sports fields.

  • Provide college, university, and trade school scholarships to local students.

  • Fund international humanitarian projects such as clean water in places like Ghana, school supplies and materials, medical supplies and equipment in places like central and south America and African nations, and humanitarian support for refugee families in places like Ukraine.

Proceeds from this year’s Rummage Sale will be used in the same manner. 100% of Kirkland Rotary Rummage Sale proceeds are used for charitable purposes. All Rotary Club operating costs are funded through membership dues and are maintained in a separate account.

Community Grants

The Rotary Club of Kirkland is honored to support local nonprofits in the essential work they do, by awarding grants for capital items. 

Community Garden

Large Community Projects

Funding large projects that benefit the community-at-large has been a pillar of our Rotary Club. Most recently, funding has supported the Kirkland Cross Corridor Railroad Park, the Waverly Park pavilion, and the Kirkland Boys and Girls Club recreation room.


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From 2008 through 2020, we awarded over 100 higher education scholarships, including 20 career and technical education scholarships to many Lake Washington, Juanita, Emerson, International Community School, and Lake Washington Institute of Technology students heading to colleges, universities, and technical schools.



International Humanitarian Projects

The Rotary Club of Kirkland has a rich history of humanitarian projects, undertaken to improve the quality of life of less advantaged people around the world in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. We partner with other Rotary Clubs and NGOs in leading projects focused on water, sanitation, disease prevention/treatment, education, and economic development. Most recently we have concentrated our efforts in the Ukraine. 

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