Thank You Donors

L.I.F.E. is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and we aim to do this at little or no cost to families.

It is only with donations like yours that we are able to meet this mission and also provide exceptional services for this special population that we care so much about. Please explore the different ways you can give, tailored to what type of donor you are.

Lauren’s Institute For Education is proud to have Platinum Status on Guidestar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Please follow this link to get the most current financial data available for our organization or contact our CFO directly at [email protected]

For more information regarding donations contact Justin Travillion.

Donor Privacy Notice:

We will not sell, share, or trade our donors’ names or personal information with any other entity, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations.

This policy applies to all information received by Lauren’s Institute For Education, both online and offline, on any Platform (“Platform”, includes our website and mobile applications), as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation.

Justin Travillion


As Chief Financial Officer I am a part of the leadership team at Lauren’s Institute For Education and help run the organization as a whole, assisting our CEO and President, who are also our Co-Founders, to put this organization’s mission into action as best I can. I also oversee most of the administrative functions of our organization directly, from Finance to Payroll and Benefits to Human Resources. I also oversee our Office Manager, who further directs our billing team, filing and front desk personnel.


• B.S. in Supply Chain Management, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, 2009.

Career History:

I started my career path at Lauren’s Institute while still in college. I was working as a Direct Support Professional providing Habilitation and Respite with clients in the community when L.I.F.E. opened in 2007 and came onboard to do the same work. I then began doing projects to assist their rapidly growing administrative needs utilizing the skills I was learning in school. When I graduated in 2009 I took the position of Finance Manager at L.I.F.E., starting with bookkeeping and then adding payroll and other responsibilities as the organization grew. Now I have staff that mostly do the direct work I used to, and I do my best to manage them as well as the organization as a whole to ensure we are fulfilling our mission as best as we can to as many as we can in the best way that we can.

Personal Teaching or Management Philosophy:

I believe the best way to lead is by example. I believe that being a servant to others, practicing humility and operating with integrity are essential to anything you do. I also believe that is easier said than done, and trying to look at things from another’s point of view and the bigger picture help any situation.


I am a proud husband and proud father of three girls that keep my life busy and entertaining. In my free time I enjoy traveling, and to unwind I enjoy playing games, reading, and watching sports.

We are excited to share that Lauren’s Institute for Education has been named in Sun Devil 100 Class of 2022! This is a prestigious annual award program run by the Arizona State University Alumni Association. The program recognizes up-and-coming organizations led or owned by alumni. Justin Travillion, our CFO, is the honoree of this award.

Please see Class of 2022 to see our name and learn more about this honor.

Ways to Give

There are many ways individuals and corporations can donate to L.I.F.E. and help us achieve our mission.

Community Services

Individual Donors

Donate through a no cost Individual Tax Credit:

In Arizona you can choose where some of your tax money goes through the Arizona Private School Tax Credit Law. This law allows you to donate to an organization that gives out scholarships to private schools. It is a direct tax credit so you get all the money you donate directly off the amount you owe in Arizona taxes. You can request what private school you want your donation to go to. This is a great way to donate to L.I.F.E. at no cost to you! Remember donors with enough tax liability can also donate to a charter school and public school without it affecting their donation to L.I.F.E.

L.I.F.E. works with two main School Tuition Organizations (STOs) that accept these tax credit donations and then awards scholarships.

NOTE: These organizations do not share donor information, so if you would like to be recognized, please inform us of your donation.

Many corporations participate in matching programs, where an employee can designate part of their check to an organization and the company will match the donation up to a certain dollar amount. Please consider having your employer add us to their list of recipients.

If you would like to give through Valley of the Sun United Way we are listed under Lauren’s Institute for Education, Account Number 5611751.

Would you like to support our mission? Consider giving a monthly donation. We can set up a recurring monthly donation to be pulled after the 1st or 15th each month, in an amount you select, from a card you designate. Monthly contributions can be started and stopped anytime throughout the year.

Lauren’s Institute for Education Attn: Donation
1305 South Gilbert Road Gilbert, AZ 85296

*Please include a note with your name and contact information so that we can send you a donation letter.


*Follow prompts to the donation line, or dial 0 and ask to be connected to the person in charge of processing donations.

We welcome Volunteers and non-monetary donations such as school supplies and therapy equipment.

Tax Credit for L.I.F.E.

Corporate Donors

In Arizona a company can choose where some of its tax money goes through the Arizona Corporate Income Tax Tuition Credit Law. This law allows companies to donate to an organization that gives out scholarships to schools and receive a direct tax credit for the donation. A company can request what school receives the scholarship money. This is a great way to donate to L.I.F.E. without costing a company.

L.I.F.E. works with two main School Tuition Organizations (STOs) that accept these tax credit donations and then awards scholarships.

  • Arizona Leadership Foundation
  • Arizona Tuition Connection
    • Their websites provide step-by-step directions on how to donate. Please recommend Lauren’s Institute For Education for your donation
    • These organizations do not share donor information, so if you would like to be recognized, please inform us of your donation.

We hold two large annual fundraisers: Golf Tournament and Casino Night. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Annually, we participate in Arizona Gives Day and hold our Run, Walk and Roll.


You can help by volunteering at or sponsoring our fundraising events.

L.I.F.E. currently has two annual fundraising events:

  • Annual Golf Classic in April
  • “It’s a Wonderful L.I.F.E.” Casino Night in December

We are currently looking for sponsors for these events. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting our mission.

We also participate in:

We are always looking for new opportunities to partner with others who are interested in organizing their own fundraising efforts as well.

For information on fundraising, please contact Carrie Reed.


Donor Benefits

Donors not only receive a tax deduction, they are invited on tours and to special events.


Tax Deductible Donations

As a 501c3 any donation given to Lauren’s Institute For Education is entitled to a tax deduction.

For donations of over $250 you will receive a donation letter from L.I.F.E. confirming your contribution that you can use when filing your taxes.

Donations of under $250 can still receive a donation letter, it must simply be requested. To request such a letter please e-mail [email protected].

Donor Tours

We love to take donors on tours so they can see first-hand the great good that comes from their donations.

To schedule a tour contact Carrie Reed.

Contact Us for More Information About L.I.F.E.

call us at 480-621-8361 EXT 136 or complete this form

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