Welcome to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona

The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) is a non-profit organization under IRS Code 501(c)(3) whose purpose is to assist those people who qualify under Arizona law to obtain financial assistance to further their vocational studies. TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona’s Credit For Contributions To A Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.  Our QCO Code is 20698.
Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements are identified and recommended to TRVFA by financial aid counselors in vocational education institutions. and/or Rotarians and their clubs.
Mailing Address:   TRVFA, P O Box 14412, Scottsdale, AZ 85267
 
Our Mission and Vision
Our mission is to ensure a revenue stream which will continuously fund vocational education grants requested by struggling Arizona residents who demonstrate the desire and will to enable themselves to thrive.
 
Together, we create lasting change by allowing individuals to
lift themselves out of poverty and contribute to their communities.
 
HELPING OTHERS HELP THEMSELVES
 
 
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So far this fiscal year, we have funded $83,727 in vocational education grants to fund life-changing education for 47 grant recipients.  At the bottom of this article, you will see the programs of study and the number of students who have elected to study each.
 
It is apparent that the majority of students we have funded have elected medical-related vocations.  What is not so apparent is that in many cases, the level of the program they have elected to begin with will result in improving their household income and quality of life, but is also selected because it is within their economic reach with the help of our grant.  Many vocational programs cost far more than our current $2,000 maximum grant will cover.
 
Only thirteen of the grants funded were for less than the current cap of $2,000.  It would be conservative to think that if our maximum grant had been $3,000, that we would have funded $100,000 in grants by now.  In fact, it would likely have been closer to $120,000.  
 
What we cannot measure is how many students look into enrolling in a vocational education program, but give up because the cost of the program after our grant would still be far beyond their means.  
 
The officers, board members and advisors of TRVFA know that to be the resource originally envisioned by those who gave birth to this uniquely Arizona Rotary vocational education resource, we have to expand the number of Rotarian donors as well as expand our sources of revenue beyond Rotarians.  There are several ways you can help:
  • Share this newsletter with your friends, family, and associates, encouraging them to give.
  • Advocate for us - tell others why you are proud to support what we do.
  • If your employer has a program where they will match your charitable contributions, please apply for that match.
  • If you - or someone close to you - has to take a mandatory IRA withdrawal which is not needed to maintain your quality of life, look into having the withdrawal transferred directly to TRVFA.
  • If you - or someone you know - manages a family trust, what we do by helping others help themselves just might be a very good fit for the type of legacy they would like to leave.
  • If you truly believe in what we do, don't limit your support to the maximum allowed tax-credit donation.  Any amount you give over the allowed tax credit will qualify as a charitable deduction since we are a 501(c)(3) charity.
We realize we have just entered our "season of giving."  The majority of our donations come in between December 1 and April 15.  At this point, we are only about 10% of the way to our $300,000 2020-21 fundraising goal. 
 
It would be a huge help if more donors would elect the automatic giving option available through our on-line donation page.  It would help the donor by making their "remembering to give" effortless going forward.  It would enhance our ability to plan since it would provide some reliable year-round cash flow.
 
This is an unusual year.  We hope this newsletter finds you well.  We sincerely thank you for your past support, and genuinely hope we have earned your respect and you will plan to continue your  support this year and well into the future.  Together, we have the power to change lives.
 
 
 
Brandon Montoya, the Past President of Prescott Frontier Rotary Club recently shared this personal story with his fellow club members.  We have his permission to share it with others.  
 
I wanted to share with you something about my journey as a Rotarian and as a person. Like many people, I grew up humble, which is a polite way of saying poor. Before the age of fourteen, my family had experienced housing insecurity on an ongoing basis for years at a time. That's a polite way of saying that we were homeless a lot before I was fourteen. I had also experienced food insecurity too. Again, that's a polite way of saying that I went to bed hungry a lot. There were a lot of complicated reasons for these experiences and I know that my story is similar to many others. The point in sharing these personal details with you is to let you know that I had a hard starting point as a young adult.
 
If I told that fourteen-year-old boy that he would one day be running a successful investment firm, have a beautiful family, and a beautiful home. He would ask one question: how?
The answer is that I got a lot of help along the way. That's not to say that I didn't work hard and struggle, I certainly did. However, along the way various people, often strangers, looked at me and said, "I'm going to take a chance on you and I am going to invest in your future." One of those people was a boss who made me a manager before I was old enough to really know what I was doing. One of those people was a family member who believed in the idea I had for starting a business. There are countless people who contributed to my success and I am grateful.
 
I can think of no better way to honor their belief in me than to further that belief into others. People who are living on the edge but working hard to improve their lot in life in much the same way that I did. What's great is that Rotary makes that not only possible but easy. The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona has done the leg work, they have found people that need our help and just need a little push over the line to make a difference. I got plenty of those along the way, let me tell you. That's why today my wife and I donated $200 to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, I'd ask that if you can afford to, that you join me. They need our help now more than ever. 
 
You can donate by clicking here
 
Thanks for your consideration,
 
Brandon Montoya
TRVFA Board Member Diane Ventura-Goodyear is also serving as District Governor of Rotary District 5500 from July 2020 through June, 2021.  In her role as District Governor, Diane has become very aware that there is a lack of knowledge about The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona as well as some incorrect information that many she comes in contact with believe to be true.
 
In August of 2020, Diane interviewed Jeanie Morgan, who had recently accepted the role of President of the TRVFA board and created a podcast which she hopes many will listen to and will share what they learn with others.  
 
CLICK HERE to listen to the podcast - it will take about twenty minutes of your time - time Diane believes will be well-invested.
Rotarians attending the District 5495 Conference June 22, 2019 had an opportunity to hear from vocational education grant recipients telling about the profound difference their TRVFA support has made in their lives.  CLICK HERE or on the image to watch a video of their presentation.
 
Sofia Ibarra, seated closest to the podium, was sponsored by the Scottsdale Sunrise Rotary Club to study phlebotomy at East Valley Medical College during the 2016-17 academic year.  She was hired immediately after graduating, but has since completed other studies and advanced in her medical profession.  She has enjoyed many positive transitions in her personal life as a result of the beginning her TRVFA grant provided for her.
 
Jocelyn Castillo, seated in the middle was recently sponsored by the Peoria Rotary Club to begin a Surgical Technology program July 12, 2019 at East Valley Institute of Technology in Mesa, Arizona.  The grant will enable her to enter a career where she will earn a livable wage while she seeks to achieve her real goal of becoming a surgeon.
 
Cayanne Nelson, seated on the left, was sponsored by the Paradise Valley Rotary Club in March of this year to study phlebotomy at the East Valley Medical College in Mesa.  She interned at the VA medical facility, and was so touched by what they have given for all of us, that she plans to continue to volunteer there even though her permanent paid position will be with another employer. 
 
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2019 Gold Seal on our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile! GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. More than 8 million visitors per year and a network of 200+ partners use GuideStar data to grow support for nonprofits. In order to get the 2019 Gold Seal, TRVFA shared important information with the public using our profile on www.guidestar.org. Now our community members and potential donors can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world.  CLICK HERE  or on the image to check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.