Ways to Help

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Your Help is Needed

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that relies solely on the charitable support of individuals, foundations and businesses. 

Your donation fuels our scholarships, and career exploration/workforce development programs.

Each year we receive roughly 6,000 applications from financially-disadvantaged students needing support through their education. We currently can only fund 1 out of every 3 students. 

Donate today so we leave no future tech behind. Together we can build these futures to ensure students find an education and career that fits. 

 

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You can submit via credit card with the link below or you can send a donation to 12621 N. Tatum Bld #304, Phoenix, AZ 85032

Individuals can make small, medium or major gifts to support our mission. 100% tax deductible.

Strategic Alliances

Small businesses, corporations and foundations craft win/win, contractual strategic alliances.

In-Kind
Gifts

Anyone can donate cars, tools, gift cards and equipment to support students, schools and TechForce.

Volunteers

Join TechForce’s volunteer corps nationwide as a speaker, school liaison, mentor, event host and more.

Sustaining Gifts

Give any amount, anytime --or- set a recurring donation via credit card, Venmo or PayPay. $25, $100...once or monthly. ALL helps fund our scholarships + workforce development programs.

Major Gifts

Individual donations of $1K+ annually are considered Major Gifts. Whether you donate online, send a check, donate stock, or add us to your estate plan, our major donors make a big impact.

Memorial Gifts

Let TechForce set up a Memoriam Scholarship Fund in the name of your loved one. Use our tools to invite friends to contribute.



Donate Stock or
Collectible Cars

We accept stock and collectible cars (to be sold at auction) as an appreciated asset. Enjoy wonderful tax advantages while supporting the cause.

Corporate Strategic Alliances

Whether you’re a small business, a large corporation or a foundation, we craft win/win strategic alliances that positively impact technical education, workforce development, the tech shortage, and the lives of future techs.

Our strategic alliances bundle cash and in-kind donations, employee volunteerism, and cause branding with engagement opportunities, including named scholarship funds, local activation with schools and events, co-branded marketing campaigns, and tie-ins with our DEI initiative. 

Professional Memberships

Want a small way to support the cause?

Be a Professional Member for a donation of $499 annually. Receive:

  • Recognition on the website and annual report
  • Monthly eNews subscription and annual Supply & Demand Report
  • Business profile in TechForce
  • Invitations to special events

TechForce Champions

TechForce Champions are small businesses* under $10M in annual revenue that rely on techs.

These employers and brands support TechForce’s mission while engaging with aspiring techs.

Donate just $89 a month** via credit card to be named a TechForce Champion. Donations are 100% tax deductible.

TechForce Champions receive:
  • Use of the TechForce Champion badge in shop, on uniforms, on your website
  • Recognition on the website and annual report
  • Monthly eNews subscription and annual Supply & Demand Report
  • Business profile in TechForce
  • Post an apprenticeship in TechForce
  • Post a technician-related job year-round in TechForce
  • Invitations to special events
  • Employee volunteer opportunities

Training Aids

TechForce administers grants of tools, equipment & training aids to high schools and community colleges' auto, diesel and collision programs nationwide.

Car Donations

It's super easy to donate your car to help students. We pick it up, liquidate it or donate it to a school for a training aid, and you get the tax deduction.

Student Support

Gas cards, car repairs, tires, motel rooms, food vouchers and rental car donations help students stay in school when emergencies strike.

Probono

Nonprofits always need probono legal, marketing, advertising, printing, fulfillment and office support services. Help us save budget dollars.

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In-Kind Always Needed

  • Tools

  • Vehicles

  • Cut Aways

  • Safety Equipment   

  • Lifts     

  • Consumables

  • Paint Mixing/ Spray Systems

  • Grocery/Food Vouchers

  • Rental Cars

  • Hotel/Motel Rooms

  • Airline tickets

  • Moving Van Rentals

  • Tires 

  • Gas Cards 

  • Ride Share Credits

Provide us with high-quality photo of yourself and. name TechForce as “one of your charities-of-choice”

Activate your profile in the TechForce Network and follow our social media channels. Interact regularly.

Volunteer as a speaker or panelist at in-person and virtual events.


Host students at car shows, races/rallies and other local events.


Participate in media interviews.



Encourage students, working techs, employers and instructors to join TechForce.

Be our eyes and ears: Introduce us to anyone we should know.


Provide your feedback during two virtual roundtables a year.


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TechForce Ambassadors

TechForce Ambassadors help us spread the word via their network, speak at or visit nearby tech schools, host students at local events, serve as mentors or simply connect us to others. This amazing volunteer corps serves as our boots-on-the-ground, helping to impact the education and career success of thousands of students across the U.S. and Canada. 

Meet Our Ambassadors

Bogi Lateiner

Sarah ‘Bogi’ Lateiner is an automobile mechanic, small business owner, technical educator, and reality-TV personality. Bogi is known for teaching car maintenance and repair classes for women nationwide.

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Charles Sanville

Charles Sanville, aka The Humble Mechanic, is a Master Certified Volkswagen technician who turns wrenches on modern Volkswagens. His website builds relationships between technicians and customers.

Julia Landauer

Julia Landauer is an American professional stock car racing driver and motivational speaker. She currently races in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series’ EuroNASCAR 2 division with PK Carsport.

Your Impact​

$250

provides the boots, voltmeter, and safety glasses for a new student which are required for starting school

$500

funds a life happens grant to cover a car breakdown for a student so they can get to school

$1000

provides a week of housing for a veteran whose housing stipend doesn’t kick in until after school starts

$2500

provides essential training equipment for a classroom

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Donor Spotlight:

"My heart swells when I see the smiles of young people sharing our passion for cars, racing and the auto industry ."

John and Lisa Weinberger enjoyed a life and career together immersed in cars, racing and the automotive industry. John started as a mechanic, went on to own Continental Motors, a significant dealership in Chicagoland, became an avid car collector and vintage racer. 

When John passed in 2020, Lisa established the Driven to Care: John F. Weinberger Legacy Fund and selected TechForce Foundation to administer the scholarships and student experiences. Hundreds of students a year now benefit from this career exploration and technical education support.

General Questions

Yes, TechForce Foundation is a charitable, nonprofit with its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS. Contributions are tax-deductible.

TechForce is an Arizona nonprofit corporation working nationwide to power the technician workforce. Our TechForce Network is a Cloud-based, social network for students, working techs, instructors and employers. Students attending any accredited post-secondary tech school across the U.S. can apply for  scholarships, tap resources and attend student experiences. At the same time, TechForce works locally through school partnerships, event producers and TechForce Ambassadors to foster local relationships and boots-on-the-ground, community engagement.  

TechForce welcomes volunteers who are serious “connectors”, willing to introduce us to their vast network/followers, help fundraising and build awareness of TechForce and its mission, able to public speak and conduct media interviews on our behalf, host student groups at car shows and events in their communities, and represent TechForce locally with our donors and strategic alliance partners. If you are interested in becoming an official TechForce Influencer/ Ambassador, complete the Volunteer Application. 

As a volunteer, you’re in the drivers seat and can choose options from 30 minutes once in a while to on-going, monthly commitments. Elect to give 30 minutes at your area car show to greet a small group of students, introduce them to club members and briefly share the stories behind the cars they’re seeing. This small act can change the trajectory of students’ futures dramatically. Volunteer to have lunch with a group of students who have benefitted from your scholarship donations to put a face and mentor behind the gift. Serve as a judge once a year at a skill competition or online recognition contest. Help to fundraise, public speak, or serve on a committee. You tell us what you’re interested in doing and how often– and TechForce will plug you in accordingly.

First and foremost, we hope you value the societal impact your contribution makes. TechForce custom crafts our donor relationship to move the needle on causes they’re most passionate about, from youth, career exploration and technical education to workforce development, solving the shortage, and sharing the passion for cars with the next generation. 

Second, TechForce has built an infrastructure to deliver great, deliberate value to our investors, from impact measurement, ability to meet students and aspiring techs, community relations and PR, employee engagement and volunteerism, customer activation, brand building, experiential marketing, the ability to post jobs and hire techs, and opportunity for TechForce to administer scholarships, student experiences or tech school support in your name (or that of a loved one or business).

Finally, both companies and individuals may enjoy a charitable tax deduction, and often companies elect marketing or business expense write offs. 

TechForce accepts in-kind donations that are on our list of mission-critical items needed by schools, students or TechForce itself and that have a current fair market value of at least $5,000+

Yes, donations of budget-relieving items may be eligible for charitable tax-deductions.

If you have an in-kind donation, contact info@techforce.org. TechForce will grant the donation to a deserving school or student through its application & grant system. Our partner FedEx Freight ensures equipment donations get delivered to school recipients.

Techforce Foundation

TechForce Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to champion all students to and through their education and into careers as professional technicians. 

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"By connecting students, instructors, industry pros and working techs, the TechForce Foundation provides unilateral support to the transportation industry’s technician recruiting needs… The administration of our Scholarships by the TechForce team has been instrumental in delivering us with a successful method to gain interest from qualified candidates as well as provide our students with additional assistance to complete their education."
Tony Farr
Ford Technical Programs Manager