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RCTC Foundation

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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.


When was the last time that you updated your estate plan (your will, trust, etc.)? Now that tax time is over and you just organized all your financial information, it is the perfect opportunity to review your estate plan. Since tax laws change, financial situations change, and families change, it is important to go over your plan with your legal and financial advisors every few years.

While you are reviewing your plan, did you know that you could leave a gift to the RCTC Foundation? There are many ways to benefit your community by leaving a legacy:

  • You may leave a gift of assets outright to the RCTC Foundation, to use as it determines is the best way to meet the educational needs of our community at that time.
  • You may leave a gift for a specific educational purpose or program of study.
  • You may leave a gift to create a specific scholarship via the endowed scholarship program, where you are able to specify the scholarship name and criteria.

Please call us at 507-281-7770 or send an email to foundation@rctc.edu to learn more about how you can include the RCTC Foundation in your estate plan.

There may be financial benefits to you and your family by leaving a legacy to the RCTC Foundation as well. It is possible for outright charitable bequests to reduce the estate tax owed. There are several trust strategies that may also reduce tax bills. You could create a trust to benefit the RCTC Foundation for an ongoing/indefinite period. You could also create a trust which allows you to provide for your heirs for a specified period of time, while leaving remaining assets to the RCTC Foundation (or vice versa). We cannot give tax or legal advice regarding your specific situation, and recommend our supporters consult with their CPA and attorney when updating their estate plans.



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
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Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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