The seeds of the Reforma Educational Foundation were planted during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim . There seventeen visionary leaders--all of them former presidents of REFORMA-- met to brainstorm and discuss the long term future of the association. The end product of this meeting, after four years of hard work, was the creation of the REFORMA Educational Foundation (REF). The Internal Revenue Service granted the 501 © (3) status to the Foundation in February 2013
The overall purpose of the REF is to create a permanent endowment for the long term benefit of National Reforma. The interest from that endowment will be the main source of funding for scholarships and financial aid for Latinos in the United States to pursue careers in the fields of Library and Information Science. In this respect the REF is the fundraising arm of National Reforma.
The REF vision is to create an endowment of more than one million dollars within 5 years from its creation.
The REF works very closely with National Reforma and the Foundation Bylaws specify that the current president of National Reforma to be an ex officio Trustee.
The REF organized a very successful kickoff event in Anaheim last year and will sponsor the second Denim and Diamonds Gala in Chicano in June 2013.