Pay It Forward - Make a Difference!

In the spring of 2002, four retiring Tucson Unified educators--Roger Pfeuffer, Tom Scarborough, Ross Sheard, and Beth Thompson--in collaboration with the Educational Enrichment Foundation hosted a "retirement social" and a new tradition was born.

In lieu of gifts, guests were invited to make tax deductible donations to the new "Pay It Forward Fund" to be used to support community service projects of student clubs and organizations. Subsequent retirement parties for other educators have raised additional funds.


Student clubs and organizations may apply for "Pay It Forward" grants to support community service projects. Selected projects will be awarded matching grants for funds already acquired. A community service project will be one that benefits your neighborhood, school, or local community.

All proposals submitted by student organizations must be school approved. Additionally, each student group is to identify a Tucson Unified employee as their adult sponsor/advisor. The school principal must give written permission for the students to conduct fundraising activities.

Student groups may apply for matching grants up to $500.

We regret to inform you that funding for EEF’s Pay It Forward matching grants program has been exhausted until further notice. 
Please check back periodically for updates. Thank you.

Past Recipients