$100 million was donated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Rotary was challenged to match it. In January 2009, the Gates Foundation contributed another $255 million and again asked Rotary to raise another $100 million over three years. The resulting $555 million will go directly to the eradication of polio.
Since 1985, $1.2 billion has been contributed to PolioPlus. Two billion children have been immunized because of this effort. Over 5 million people did not get polio.