Three Generations Supporting TRVFA
Jim Patmos, shown on the right in this photo serves as an advisor to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona (TRVFA).  He first joined Rotary 54 years ago in Grand Island New York.  Both his maternal grandfather and his father were Rotarians and Jim remembers visiting their clubs with them as a young man.  Jim's son Brent (middle in the photo) is a Rotarian.  Jim has a granddaughter who became a Rotarian when she was about twenty-seven making them a five-generation family of Rotarians.  Brent's son Bryce (on the left in the photo) is not a Rotarian yet - but it is only a matter of time...  All three - Jim, Brent, and Bryce - have each already made a TRVFA donation this Rotary year.
Jim moved his membership to the Oro Valley Rotary Club when he moved to Tucson in 1993.  In 1995, he took over as chairman working with vocational schools and TRVFA grant candidates in his area.  After a couple of years functioning in that capacity, Jim got acquainted with Roger Bonngard, who was on the TRVFA board and had been involved during its formative years,  They met at a Rotary event even though they were each in separate districts at the time.  Not long after Jim and Roger got acquainted,  Jim was invited to join the TRVFA board.  He served as a director from 1999 to 2006.  Jim has been a member of the Chandler Horizon Club since 2003.
For several years following his TRVFA board service, Jim was very involved with the Rotary International Peace Centers and their scholars.  As career educator who had the best of both worlds, working both in administration and as an instructor, education has long been a passion.  Attending sessions at RI conventions where he heard peace scholar presentations made him aware of the profound difference what was being taught at the Peace Centers could have on our world.
Jim is also a supporter of The Rotary Foundation.  As a result of his involvement with the Rotary Peace Centers, he and his wife have donated enough to be members of the Arch Klumph Society and have made funding of Peace Center scholars their fund's focus.  One of the secrets to being able to be that generous was something he learned early in life.  He began at about age ten to save and invest.  No matter how much or how little he made, he always saved something.  He studied and invested and says he was either lucky or good (maybe a little of both) but it all worked out for them.  
Jim says the Patmos family has a family meeting once a year - this year it was virtual.  It is a very intentional discussion about the mark he hopes their family will leave on the world.  It is a communicated expectation that young members of the family will seek a Rotary club to be a part of when they are around age 30.  The kind of difference the family hopes to make in the world can best be achieved through the Rotary structure and the combined donations of time, talent, and treasure of 1,200,000 Rotarians worldwide. Jim would love to see other Rotarians grow future generations of Rotarians by educating their family as they have very intentionally done in the Patmos family. 
As a fellow-member of the Chandler Horizon Club with his long-time Rotary friend, Roger Bonngard, Jim frequently has the opportunity to be a part of the interview process for TRVFA applicants seeking their club's sponsorship of their grants.  Jim says he learned long ago not to judge why or how the applicants might have found themselves in difficult circumstances, but to applaud their determination to overcome their situations through vocational education.   Watching them successfully turn their lives around has been inspiring.
Jim has been particularly proud of TRVFA's contribution to helping Arizona get through the COVID pandemic.  The majority of grant recipients go into health-care vocations, and many are serving on the front lines.  He believes many of the health-care workers involved in the mass effort to immunize Arizonans may well have been TRVFA grant recipients.
Jim has a hard time understanding why any Arizona Rotarian would not support TRVFA.  With the tax credit, it doesn't cost anything to make a huge difference in someone's life and there is a ripple effect with each life that person touches.  CLICK HERE to go to the TRVFA donation page and accept Jim's challenge to "just do it!"
Sharing Some Year-To-Date Info
Shown at right are a few of the grant recipients funded in January, 2021.
You will see in the chart below that the majority of our grants year-to-date have been for healthcare vocational programs.  The larges number of grants are for the least expensive programs not necessarily because that is what the applicant would choose if money were no object, but that is where they can start because their TRVFA grant will cover most - if not all - of  heir expenses.  
There are two columns showing the grants that were for less than $2,000 and those that were funded with our current grant maximum of $2,000.  If we were to conservatively estimate that half of those funded were attending programs that cost $3,000 or more, you can quickly see that rather than funding $158,543 in grants year-to-date, if our maximum grant were $3,000, we could have already funded $241,543 or more. 
Our maximum grant used to be $3,000.  The board of directors voted to reduce the maximum in 2018.  The maximum grant was not lowered because our income had dropped.  It was lowered  because our number of applications was growing and the board did not want to turn away worthy applicants.
TRVFA needs to increase income to restore the previous $3,000 maximum or - ideally - set the maximum grant to a higher amount to reflect impact of inflation.  TRVFA has already funded 89 grants with five months left this Rotary year.  The flow in new applications is constant as the vocational programs are not scheduled in a typical academic time structure.
The help of existing donors to serve as advocates for support is strongly encouraged and will be necessary to increase the capacity to keep up with demand.  We hope our donor base will suggest making Arizona Tax Credit donations to their neighbors, family, friends and business associates.  Because TRVFA recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, the following sources of donations are also encouraged:
  • Club or Club Foundation donations
  • Transfers of mandatory IRA distributions
  • Personal or family trust or foundation donations
  • Business charitable fund donations
  • Some employers will match their employees' non profit donations or hours worked if their employee completes the necessary application
TRVFA was started by Rotarians thirty years ago as a multi-district Arizona Rotary Vocational Service project.  It is still managed by an all-Rotarian board of directors.  Support of TRVFA is not limited to Rotarians.  TRVFA capacity to serve additional vocational education needs in Arizona has not come close to reaching its potential since not all Rotarians are donors, and less than 25% of donations year-to-date are from sources outside of Rotary.  The external donations have a much higher average donation amount, and are a source which has enormous potential.
TRVFA can only grow with your help and advocacy.  If you have already given, please be a spokesperson.  If you have not yet donated this fiscal year, please do so just CLICK HERE
Donations made by April 15 can be used for Arizona Tax Credit for the 2020 or 2021 tax year (but not both).
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Arizona Tax Credit - TRVFA is an organization which meets Arizona's Credit for Contribution to a Qualifying Charitable Organization requirements.  Our QCO Code is 20698.  Donations may qualify for an Arizona Tax Credit up to $800 for couples and $400 for a single filer. They may also be deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. A federal tax deduction for a contribution must be reduced by the amount of a state or local tax credit received, or expected to be received, in return. Please consult your tax advisor to determine the tax benefits of your donation
Tax Status TRVFA is a 501 (c)(3) recognized non-profit organization as determined by the IRS - Federal Tax ID #86-0632646. Donations to TRVFA are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.