02 Nov

November is Foundation Month!

Many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) are familiar with our charitable partner, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF). TRTF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides resources for retired TRS annuitants as well as active and beginning teachers. Since 2008, TRTF has distributed more than $588,000 to educators of the past, present, and future all across Texas!

TRTF manages several charitable programs: “A Helping Hand,” the Disaster Relief Fund, Classroom Assistance Grants, and Beginning Teacher Scholarships. Additionally, TRTF supports the Lehr-Pritchard Endowment Fund to provide long-term revenue for “A Helping Hand,” and recently launched its latest endeavor—the TRTF Tutor Program—to reach every Texas child through reduced cost tutoring services.

How the Pandemic Has Changed Foundation Month

During previous Foundation Months, TRTF has recorded videos featuring program recipients sharing how the aid they received has impacted their lives and the lives of Texas school children. This year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, recipients were not able to meet with TRTF in person; but many still have very valuable, earnest stories to tell.

Many of our classroom teachers are overwhelmed with teaching hybrid onsite and online courses and with increased class sizes. Many are balancing this new work dynamic with being parents themselves. Some are first-year teachers and are entering the profession with high hopes, but limited resources.

Retirees who were able to substitute in schools for extra income have been out of work since the spring when schools were shut down and struggle to make ends meet. Some have contracted the virus and now face unexpected medical bills. Many just want to get back to helping their local schools and communities.

And though many of today’s students are technologically savvy, some struggle with virtual learning environments and need additional support outside of the classroom. Finding an affordable, reliable tutoring service is a necessity, but is hard to come by.

Education is vital. Every person who has a role to fill in our school system is significant. The pandemic has made TRTF’s goal to help educators of the past, present and future more important than ever!
TRTF knows that students, parents, schools, communities, and retired educators all have been adversely impacted COVID-19. We know that this situation is not yet over; but we believe we have a part to play in making it better.  

There are more than 6 million students in our public schools and more than 800,000 education professionals working in 1,100-plus school districts across Texas. There are more than 400,000 TRS retirees, and 30 percent of them make less than $1,000 per month. They are ALL under pressure to do more than ever, and they are doing so in the most difficult conditions.

Please Help

It is time to give big so that we may help our children, schools, teachers, and retirees. TRTF is determined to help. As a 501(c)(3), we are in a unique position to raise donations and deploy them through our unique charitable programs.

Please consider making your tax-deductible charitable contribution to TRTF today. You may donate online here or call 1.800.880.1650 and ask for Sarah.

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line throughout the month of November as we update you on TRTF’s programs and share stories from individual program recipients.

Classroom Assistance Grants:

  • TRTF will provide 40 $500 Classroom Assistance Grants to public school teachers in Texas in 2021. (This is an increase from the 30 grants awarded in 2020).

Beginning Teacher Scholarships:

  • TRTF will provide 25 $750 Beginning Teacher Scholarships to recent college graduates who will be teaching for the first time in the fall of 2021. (This is an increase from the 20 scholarships awarded in 2020).

“A Helping Hand”

  • TRTF will provide $27,000 in grants to retirees in critical need through the “A Helping Hand” program in 2021.

Disaster Relief:

  • TRTF will be prepared should another disaster strike and be ready to aid retired and active educators in need at a moment’s notice, including providing urgent COVID-19 relief grants.

TRTF Tutor Program:

  • TRTF has an ambitious goal to donate 250,000 hours of tutoring to Texas schools. To make this happen, we must raise $10 million. We also have an ambitious timeline to raise the necessary funding in 30 days!

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28 Oct

Sign Up to Be a Tutor with the TRTF Tutor Program!

As you may have heard, the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) is launching a new program! Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) Executive Director Tim Lee shared the great news about a program we believe will return hope to our school children and their parents, active educators, and retired teachers!

TRTF is excited to announce the TRTF Tutor Program powered by Knack, an online service that will match retired Texas public-school teachers with students and their families, as well as school districts that need tutoring services and educational support.

This wonderful new program provides TRTA members with an avenue to give back to their communities, while also allowing them to earn extra income. In addition, the TRTF Tutor Program provides the critical help many of our students and practicing educators need to navigate the challenges of virtual learning.

We believe the greatest teachers are those in our public-school classrooms as well as those who served in our schools throughout their career: that means you, retired teachers! Students will receive not only excellent educational support but will engage on a multi-generational level that improves interpersonal skills when they receive tutoring services from a Texas retired teacher.

TRTF has an ambitious goal of signing up 1,000 tutors by November 16! We know our dedicated TRTA members can surpass this goal and make the TRTF Tutor Program the greatest tutoring service available!

Sign Up Today!

Are you interested in becoming a TRTF tutor through Knack? We recommend reviewing the Knack Tutor User’s Guide to see what’s needed for signing up and to assist you through the registration process. We also recommend viewing the “Tutor Experience” how-to video, which will demonstrate the registration process in real time. After reviewing the guide and video, you may click here to register.

Thank You

Thank you for your continued support of Texas education and love for Texas students. We are excited to share this game-changing program with you. We strongly believe that our members, friends, and supporters will embrace this program with open arms and servant hearts.

This announcement comes right as TRTF approaches its annual fundraising period in November, Foundation Month. Not interested in becoming a tutor, but want to donate to help make this program successful? Please visit to donate today!

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27 Oct

TRTF New Program Launch Set for Wednesday, Oct. 28!

On Wednesday, October 28, at 2:00 p.m. (CDT) the Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF) will be unveiling its most ambitious project to date.

We know many of you may be asking yourselves what this new program could possibly be. While we don’t want to spoil the excitement, we will reveal a few important details!

Here’s what we can tell you now about TRTF’s unique, wide-reaching endeavor:

  • It will immediately return hope to our school children and their parents, active educators, and retired teachers!
  • It will provide educational support for all of the aforementioned stakeholders, as well as school districts!
  • There is no other endeavor where one program can help all of these groups at the same time!
  • TRTA members and retired educators across Texas will be able to sign up to participate in the program by tomorrow afternoon!

You read that right! This program isn’t just about raising funds or supporting individual contributors in the education field. This program will enable you as a retired teacher to become involved on a personal and professional level in a charitable cause that will have a positive impact on students and schools, while also providing you with the opportunity to put some extra money in your pocket.

Where to Watch

This is an event you do not want to miss! TRTA Executive Director and TRTF State Coordinator Tim Lee will be presenting the program on Facebook and YouTube.

To watch the announcement on Facebook, click here. YouTube viewers may click here. We will also provide a recording of the event via the Inside Line. Remember, these links will not be live until 2:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, October 28.

Many members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) know that TRTF is our charitable partner organization. Through charitable programs such as “A Helping Hand,” Disaster Relief, Classroom Assistance Grants, and Beginning Teacher Scholarships, TRTF has distributed more than $585,000 to educators of the past, present, and future all across Texas since 2008!

We are excited to share this game-changing program with you and look forward making this program as successful as possible. This announcement comes right as TRTF approaches its annual fundraising period in November, Foundation Month. We strongly believe that our members, friends, and supporters will embrace this program with open arms and servant hearts. For more information about TRTF, please visit

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