If you are a Foundation Liaison or Representative serving in a TRTA District or Local Unit, these resources may be helpful to you!
2018 TRTF One-Page Summary: 2018-2019 TRTF One Page Summary
2018 TRTF Resource Guide: 2018-2019 TRTF Resource Guide
2018 TRTF Convention PowerPoint Presentation: Texas Retired Teachers Foundation Training Session 2018
Be sure to sign up for our e-newsletter, The Ledger
If you are a District or Local Unit President, and you would like to be sure that your Foundation Liaison or Representative is signed up to receive our monthly e-newsletter, The Ledger, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to include the name and email address of the person who will be representing the Foundation.
What are the roles of District Foundation Liaisons and Local Unit Foundation Representatives?
The Foundation Liaison or Representative should be able to:
- Speak on behalf of the Foundation at functions such as local and district meetings, as well as answer basic questions about the activities and state of the Foundation. Any questions that the representative feels uncomfortable answering may be directed to Foundation Coordinator Cindee Sharp.
- Provide donation cards and/or brochures to local unit members as needed. If the representative does not have any donation cards or brochures, he or she may contact the TRTA state office to request them. Send an email to email@example.com to request brochures. Be sure to include your name, address, and the number of brochures needed.
- Accept donations from local unit members or other people in the community. Donors should provide the representative with either a donation card (find one in the Training Guide or download one here) or a sheet of paper specifying the donor’s name, address, and phone number, as well as whether or not the donation is being made in honor or in memory of someone. NOTE: All donations should be forwarded immediately to the Foundation office at 313 E. 12th St., Ste. 220, Austin, TX 78701. Checks should be made out to the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation. TRTF will send acknowledgments and receipts to donors. For memorials and honorariums, please include the name and address of the person who should be informed. For questions about donations that have been made, please contact Cindee (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Serve as “A Helping Hand” representative, which includes providing applications to retirees in need, assisting them in completing paperwork, and forwarding all paperwork to TRTF. To request applications, guidelines, and instructions, please send an email to email@example.com.
- Promote Foundation Awareness during a fall local unit meeting, especially Foundation Month, which is designated by the TRTA Board of Directors for November of each year. These Simple Fundraising Ideas may be helpful to you. We also enjoy featuring the creative efforts of local unit Foundation representatives who have developed new ways to raise funds for our charitable causes. To share what your local unit has done, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and TRTF will feature your local unit on our website and in The Ledger.
- Promote the Lehr-Pritchard Endowment Fund, which was recently established by TRTF to continue the good work of two of the Foundation’s most iconic, important figures, Mike Lehr and Tom Pritchard. The endowment fund proposes to solidify and expand the “A Helping Hand” program, which Lehr and Pritchard fostered to success. The purpose of the program is to help retired educators in times of financial crisis. The goal of the endowment fund is to reach $2 million in donations by December 31, 2019. Watch a video about the fund here!
- Promote the Foundation’s five charitable programs: “A Helping Hand” (financial assistance for retirees in critical need); Classroom Assistance Grants (grants for Texas public school teachers); Beginning Teacher Scholarships (money to assist brand new teachers with certification costs and first classroom needs); Disaster Relief Fund for retirees and active educators struggling financially after natural disasters in Texas (such as Hurricane Harvey); and the Legacy Campaign (a program to promote a positive image of public education and educators in Texas, as well as the positive attributes of the TRS defined benefit pension plan). Be sure to click on the links to learn more about each program!