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
The mission of The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona, Inc. (TRVFA) is to partner with Rotary Clubs to provide assistance to Qualified Candidates in obtaining education, training, and skill development so they may, in turn, attain career oriented employment and financial stability and contribute to their communities.
Our vision is for students go on to become productive citizens in our state. The education they obtain will help them earn a living and raise their families. Because of their increased earning potential they help grow the economy of the state of Arizona.
For several years, I have been facilitating TRVFA Rotary Club of Scottsdale's sponsored scholarships to low income working poor, especially men and single mothers struggling to survive on multiple low paying part-time jobs with no benefits.    Each applicant that I have met is deserving, eager to learn and ready to make productive career moves after completing his/her TRVFA funded courses at Trade Schools which encompass a wide variety of hands-on education, from HVAC to carpentry to emerging technologies.
A college degree or vocational training beyond high school are necessary tools to obtain a well paying job. The days when a person graduated from high school, entered the workforce, and stayed with the same company until she or he retired are over.  The cost of college tuition and books is prohibitive for many people in low income households who wish to better themselves by furthering their education. TRVFA scholarships give them the leg up to provide for themselves and their families.  TRVFA provides financial aid to those who need it most. I am honored to support TRVFA and its blessed workings.  
Dr. Norton is an advisor to the TRVFA Board of Directors
In Arizona, we are able to actually direct some of our state income tax obligation to qualifying charitable organizations.  To people from out of state this seems difficult to believe.  We can make a donation and reduce our state income tax by the amount we give - up to $400 for individuals or $800 for a couple filing jointly.  In other words, we can donate without it costing a cent.  
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA) is such a qualifying charitable organization.  It was founded by Rotarians and received its 501(c)(3) charitable status in 1990.  TRVFA is still operated by a board of directors made up of Arizona Rotarians.
Vocational Service is one of the five avenues of service of Rotary International.  Many clubs struggle with how to identify and fulfill good vocational service goals.  Support of TRVFA not only supports the vocational service ambitions of Rotary, it also supports community service.  Recipients of our vocational education grants have to qualify by meeting established low-income guidelines.  The grants enable them to acquire the necessary skills and certifications to enter well-paying vocations and thus contribute to the Arizona economy.
Even if you've already exhausted your tax credit donations for the year by donating to other charities, this charity is worthy of your support.  We hope you will help us "Unite, take action to create lasting change.  Help us provide vocational education grants."
TRVFA Grant Recipient Stories
Hi! My name is Sarah and you all helped me get my Certified Nursing Assistant license and my Patient Care Technician certification.  I really appreciate everything you all have done for me.
I got a job as soon as I graduated.  I have now been working in the hospital for three and a half years.
I will be going back to school soon to get my RN. 
Sarah is a 2014/15 graduate of East Valley Medical College in their Certified Nursing Assistant/Patient Care Technician program. Gilbert Rotary Club sponsored her TRVFA grant application.
The Estrella Rotary Club recently received the following note from Misha, whose TRVFA grant was sponsored by their club"
“School has been amazing! I finished my program at the top of my class with a 98% and am currently continuing my studying to take my state RHS certification test! With the help of my teachers, I was able to work with a number of different dentists, shadow an oral maxillofacial surgeon and have an internship lined up to begin on October 2nd! I am so excited to be moving into this next phase of my career, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of you and your organization’s funding!” 
The board of TRVFA was very appreciative of a $5,000 gift directed by Joseph Nevin through the trust he had created during his lifetime.  He passed away February 3, 2018 after a lifetime of service to many community organizations in the Tucson area.  He was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson.  We are honored to be able to help his legacy of giving continue to make a difference through our organization. 
The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona was recently recognized for our transparency with a 2018 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 2018 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 to check out our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile.
Board Officers & Directors
Chairman of the Board
President (5495)
Secretary (5495)
Treasurer (5495)
Director (5495)
Director (5495)
Director (5495)
Director (5500)
Director (5500)
Director (5500)
Director (5500)
Advisors to the Board
Roger Bonngard, PDG 5510
Bill Fee, 5495
Art Harrington, E.A., Ph.D, PDG 5510
Honora Norton, DD 5495
Jim Patmos, 5495
Greg Podd, PRIVP, PDG 5510
Craig Wilson, PDG 5490
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