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RCTC Foundation

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Beat the Odds

Established in 1961, the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation exists to support the mission of the College by providing support to students and programs at RCTC, enhancing the quality of education and the future of our students.

We offer scholarships, provide program support, connect alumni, host fundraising events and raise funds for scholarships.

The RCTC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and all gifts are tax deductible.


Now is the time of year when people ages 70 ½ or older receive reminders about their annual required minimum distributions from their retirement accounts (RMDs). Did you know that you can make a gift directly to the RCTC Foundation in lieu of taking your RMD?

If a gift is made directly from your IRA to the RCTC Foundation, the distribution is not included in your taxable income. Amounts that are given can be considered as all or part of your RMD if it has not yet been completed for the year. This could lower your adjusted gross income which could result in income tax benefits if you are subject to exemption phase outs or the alternative minimum tax. Qualified Charitable Distributions are limited to $100,000 per year.

We cannot give tax advice regarding your specific situation, and recommend our supporters receive tax advice from their tax professional about making gifts from their IRAs. You may also refer to IRS Publication 590-B for additional information on Qualified Charitable Distributions: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p590b.pdf



You are an alumni if you are a graduate from Rochester Community and Technical (RCTC), Rochester Community College (RCC), MN Riverland Technical College (MRTC), Rochester Technical College (RTC), Rochester Area Vocational Technical Institute (RAVTI), Rochester Area Vocational Institute (RAVI), Rochester State Junior College (RSJC), or Rochester Junior College (RJC).  As an alumni, you are among our most valued assets, and we want to keep you informed and connected with your alma mater. 

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Beat the Odds

Beat the Odds is an annual fundraising event and scholarship program that celebrates students who have overcome tremendous odds to become personally and academically successful. The purpose of the program is to raise awareness of the struggles of many students in our community and recognize their ability to overcome difficulties. The event also provides an opportunity to highlight the support networks and people who reach out to help. For local businesses and community leaders, it is an opportunity to help college bound students achieve their dream by supporting this fundraising event.

Contact Information

Deb Ward, CFRE
RCTC Foundation Executive Director
HC109 - Heintz Center
Office: (507) 281-7770
Fax: (507) 280-2970
E-mail: deb.ward@rctc.edu

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Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Celebrating 100 years!    1915-2015    www.rctc.edu/100th
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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