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Gifts to Yarnell Hill Fire Funds Total $1.2 Million

More than $1.2 million has been contributed to the Arizona Community Foundation’s Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund and Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment by individuals, donor funds of ACF and its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation, private foundations, and businesses.

To date, gifts to the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund total about $750,000. Major contributors include the Nina Mason Pulliam Trust, Hickey Family Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, Cox Communications, Apollo Group and BMO Harris Bank.

Consistent with the Community Foundation’s focus on sustainable solutions, the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund will aid in the recovery and community rebuilding efforts. Staff of the Yavapai County Community Foundation are working with the Yarnell Hill Recovery Group Steering Committee to identify long-term local needs and award grants in the most effective manner.

A grants committee will oversee distributions, with plans to make decisions before the end of October. Grants committee members include Arizona Community Foundation Board members Shelley Cohn, Michael Kelly, and Jodi Padgett, a Skull Valley resident who also serves as chair of the YCCF advisory board; ACF Chief Philanthropic Services Officer Jacky Alling; YCCF advisory board member Tim Naylor; Yavapai County Supervisor Rowle Simmons and retired County Supervisor Carol Springer; and Bagdad resident and YCCF grant advisor Karen Anderson.

Grants will be announced widely to the public, donors and the media in late October.

A second fund, the Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment, was established with a $100,000 lead gift from Helios Education Foundation, followed by a $200,000 gift from Arizona Public Service. Additional gifts have been contributed by Intel, C-A-L Ranch Stores, Honeywell Aerospace and the Arizona Sports Foundation, as well as individual donors and family foundations. This long-range fund will provide college scholarships for the children of the Granite Mountain Hotshots and other fallen firefighters when they come of age, supporting tuition and other academic supports for any college, university, vocational or technical school the students attend. Gifts to this fund now total about $465,000 and will continue to grow over time and through additional gifts.

Donors may continue to make tax-deductible gifts to either fund online with a credit card or by phone at (602) 682-2042; or, checks may be mailed to Arizona Community Foundation, 2201 E. Camelback Road #405B, Phoenix, AZ 85016. Please note the name of the fund on the memo line of your check.

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