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
 
 
Home Page Stories
We only received photos of two of the seven students whose TRVFA grants were funded in February. 
  • Mariah is studying to be a Dental Assistant at Pima Medical Institute.  Her grant was sponsored by the Oro Valley Rotary Club.
  • Daisy is also studying to be a Dental Assistant.  She is attending the American Institute of Dental Assisting.  Her grant was sponsored by the Mesa Rotary Club.
The bottom photo was sent to TRVFA Grant Processing by our contact at the Arizona Technical Training Institute.  Shown in the photo are Daisy (on the left) and Vanessa, as they were getting ready for graduation from their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program which they started last December.
 
Rotary Clubs who sponsor grants for TRVFA do not have a financial obligation.  They are strongly encouraged to maintain a relationship with the students, who may be willing hands to help with service projects, and may one day be in a position where they can become Rotarians.  TRVFA grant processing can ensure that all basic requirements are in place, but sponsoring Rotary Clubs interview the applicants to be sure the student is motivated, likely to succeed in completing the course and will be a good fit for the chosen vocation.  TRVFA doesn't want the interviewing club members to "rubber stamp" the application.  If they have serious doubts, declining the request is the appropriate thing to do.
 
We also encourage clubs to bring their scholars back after they complete their course of study and share the impact the grant made in their life.  Photos and success stories help us raise funds so that we can continue to make a positive difference by helping individuals help themselves.
TRVFA has already funded 95 vocational education grants this year totaling $168,128.50.  That is what a typical year's funding has looked like in the past couple of years.  There are four months left in 2020-21, and our pipeline of grants in process is not slowing down.  Because TRVFA grants are awarded only to those who meet specific low-income guidelines, your donations help individuals lift themselves out of poverty and help grow the economy of our state.
 
When we set our fundraising goal for 2020-21 at $300,000, it was our hope that we would not only be able to keep up with the growing demand, but also in 2021-22 be able to restore the maximum grant to $3,000.  The maximum was reduced in 2018 from $3,000 to 2,000 to be able to help more students as the growth in demand was already starting to occur.  
 
That $300,000 goal, if reached, is looking less and less likely to do much more than keep up with the growth in activity.  We will need more to allow us to increase the maximum available TRVFA vocational education grant.
 
If you have already given this year, we would genuinely appreciate your signing up for monthly recurring donations that will enable you to accrue enough for your tax credit for 2021 earnings.  That option is available on our on-line donation form - CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW.  
 
If you have not made your donation, you can use the link in the preceding paragraph to donate online or CLICK HERE to download a mailable form if you prefer to pay by check.
 
Please share this information with friends, neighbors, family, and business associates.  It's okay to brag about what your are helping accomplish through TRVFA.  
Jim Patmos, shown on the right in this photograph is an Advisor to the Board of Directors of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  He is the middle of five generations of his family who have been members of Rotary Clubs in their communities.  He is currently a member of the Chandler-Horizon Rotary Club, and has been a Rotarian for 54 years.  His Father, who was a busy general practitioner who worked seven days a week still found time to give back to his community through Rotary and other civic organizations.  His mother's father was also a Rotarian.  Jim can remember Rotary always being a part of his family's life, and remembers visiting his dad's and grandfather's clubs with them as a young man.  Jim's son, Brent (middle in the photo) is a Rotarian who has recently accepted a business position in another state and will be transferring his membership from Chandler Horizon to a Rotary club in his new location.  Brent is the father of Bryce (on the left), who will become a Rotarian - it's only a matter of time.  Jim has one granddaughter who is a Rotarian, having joined Rotary at age 27.
 
Why is Rotary such an important part of their lives?  They want their family to leave a positive mark on the world.  They feel they can do it best through Rotary.  Rotary has five Avenues of Service:
  • Club Service
  • Community Service
  • International Service
  • Vocational Service
  • Youth Service
The Rotary Foundation (the charitable arm of Rotary International) has seven areas of focus:
  • Promoting peace
  • Fighting disease
  • Providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Saving mothers and children 
  • Supporting education
  • Growing local economies
  • Protecting the environment
These are all areas the family cares about and where they know their family can have more impact through Rotary's combined efforts.  TRVFA grants specifically help all the areas highlighted in aqua, and because the majority of our grants are for health-care vocations and many are to single mothers, we also have an impact on the areas highlighted in yellow. 
 
The Patmos family has a meeting once a year - this year it was virtual - to talk about how they want to make a difference.  They know, without a doubt, that they can have a bigger impact through Rotary, The Rotary Foundation, and - in Arizona - The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona.  It is a known expectation in the Patmos family that, around age 30, future generations will be looking for a Rotary club to become a part of .  
 
This Rotary year, which started July 1, TRVFA has already received donations from Jim, Brent, and Bryce.  With Jim's involvement with TRVFA which goes back to the mid 90's.  He has seen many grant recipients be enabled to have a better life because of TRVFA grants.  Jim says with the Arizona Tax  Credit, you have the opportunity to help someone make their life much better without it costing you anything in the long run (you either send the State a smaller amount or get a larger refund).  He wonders why anyone would not do that.  
 
Jim had a bit of advice to share with our alumni.  No matter how much or how little you make, make it a priority to save something so you can live well in your retirement years and so you can be generous and make a difference.  He also hopes you will accept the Patmos' family challenge to become Rotarians so you can be part of a worldwide network of individuals seeking to effect positive change in the world.  
 
 
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.
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