This group is composed of the four main organizations that receive the majority of the Foundations' financial support. Members of the Armstrong family contribute significant time and energy to these causes. Currently, the four organizations are the Salvation Army/ASU Service Learning Project, Rancho Feliz Charitable Organization, the Armstrong Family Foundation/ASU Scholarship Program and Support My Club. For further description of these organizations, see below. The Board of Directors of the Foundations promote a service tie-in between these organizations. For example, all ASU Scholars serve at least one semester of Service Learning and once per semester, the ASU Scholars travel as a group to Mexico to work with the Rancho Feliz Exchange Program.
2. Traditionally Supported Organizations:
Local, effective organizations that make a significant difference to the communities that they serve and are supported by the Armstrong Family, Board Members, or colleagues.
3. Board Member Designated Organizations:
Each Board Member is given an annual budget to provide support to charitable organizations that are of specific interest to them individually.
Our Major Pillars of Support
In addition to financial support, Scholars participate in professional development programs, peer-to-peer networking, and community building efforts with Rancho Feliz and The Salvation Army. Currently, the program supports over 30 students annually and 50 undergrad students and 10 grad student have graduated from the program, representing a 82% graduation rate. The Armstrong Family Foundation understands there is no better asset than a higher education because it not only changes the trajectory of an individual's life, it also has rippling positive effects on future generations. The ASU application process, including an application form, can be found at https://scholarships.asu.edu/scholarship/1409.
The foundations have supported Rancho Feliz since 1998. Many of our family members are involved in various roles including serving on the board of directors. Rancho Feliz operates in Agua Prieta, Mexico, a border town across from Douglas, Arizona. Programs include: a program that provides service opportunities for groups, primarily from the U.S., a nationally recognized Child Care facility , an Education Center, hundreds of primary, secondary and college scholarships, housing project, food distributions and other badly needed relief programs. http://www.ranchofeliz.com/
As participants begin to have success in school, they develop confidence in who they are and the amazing possibilities their future holds. The Armstrong family makes available wonderful learning programs through The Salvation Army, but their contributions don’t end there. The Kroc Center presents additional opportunities for education including art and music classes. The community also has access to a computer lab and library. All of which is made available in the Armstrong Learning Center. “We are deeply indebted to Jo-Ann and Jim Armstrong for all they have allowed to happen for children and families who visit the Kroc Center,” says Lt. Colonel Joe Posillico, Southwest Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army. “In every way, they are enabling gifts and opportunities that will be felt for generations to come.” http://krocphoenix.org/
Feeding Matters >>Our mission is to bring pediatric feeding struggles to the forefront so infants and children are identified early, families’ voices are heard, and medical professionals are equipped to deliver collaborative care. We overcome the complex issues of pediatric feeding struggles through our five mission pillars; education, advocay, research, treatment, and support. https://www.feedingmatters.org/
Social Venture Partners>>SVP are people for whom improving our desert community is part of our life’s journey. SVP are a global network of local partners connecting passion and purpose. They take an innovative approach to philanthropy in the Valley. http://www.socialventurepartners.org/arizona/
University of Denver- Scholarship Program >>A similar scholarship program as Arizona State University has been established at DU. Currently, this program supports education at DU for 2 students per year . http://www.du.edu/
Seed Spot >>To educate, accelerate, and invest in entrepreneurs who are creating solutions to social problems. http://www.seedspot.org/
Justa Center >>
The streets are not safe for homeless individuals in general, but older people are particularly vulnerable. Justa Center is a day resource center for those individuals over the age of 55 who have nowhere to live. http://www.justacenter.org/
University of Colorado Boulder - Scholarship Program>>
The University of Colorado Armstrong Scholarship Program is for work-study or students employed on-campus that are attending CU. 3 undergraduate students are currently supported by the program, which was launched in 2016.http://www.colorado.edu/
Villa Montessori >>
Montessori School of Denver >>
" We are a dynamic educational environment empowering students to use diverse knowledge and experiences to reach their full potential and do good in the world". http://www.montessoridenver.org/