Vocational Service is one the five avenues of Rotary service:
 
Club Service
Community Service
International Service
Vocational Service
Youth Service
 
Arizona Rotarians have the unique opportunity to support vocational service without it costing them anything.  If they will have a state tax obligation, they can direct up to $400 for an individual or $800 for a couple filing jointly to The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona and deduct the entire amount given from their Arizona State tax return as a tax credit.  TRVFA is a Qualifying Charitable Organization, and the code assigned to them by the Arizona Department of Revenue is 20698.
 
In 2017-18, Mesa West Rotary Club Members donated more than any other Rotary Club in the state to support vocational education grants for students entering qualifying programs and who met specific low-income requirements.  In 2018-19, Mesa West slipped to 4th place in member giving.  This year-to-date, Prescott Frontier is leading the state in membership giving.  Mesa West members have already donated slightly over half of what Prescott Frontier members have given, but the Prescott Club is way ahead of Mesa West in the percentage of their membership who have given.  They are at 41%-member participation, and Mesa West is at 11% participation.
 
Support of TRVFA is not limited to Rotarians.  In a perfect world, Rotarians would not only support these life-changing vocational grants by giving themselves, but would advocate for others in their circle of influence to also take advantage of the tax credit. 
 
There are literally hundreds of other tax credit opportunities available in Arizona, but TRVFA is the only one which was founded by Rotarians to support a Rotary Avenue of Service.  TRVFA was blessed as a multi-district on-going program by Rotary International twenty-six years ago and is still run by an all-Rotarian volunteer board of directors.  Pam Cohen is a past board member and Jeanie Morgan is a current board member.
 
CLICK HERE to make your donation to TRVFA.  CLICK HERE to see a video of the testimonials from past recipients who presented at the 2019 District 5495 Conference in June.