The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona welcome local community groups to participate in the annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Nights. Sponsored by Yavapai College, each of the two events will provide opportunities for area students, families, and local educators to learn more about the postsecondary scholarships available for both traditional and non-traditional college students.
If you provide a scholarship supporting Sedona and the Verde Valley students, please join us and register online using the information below. The deadline to register as a scholarship provider for this event is Friday, October 18, 2019.
Monday, December 2
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Yavapai College Gymnasium, Prescott Campus
1100 E. Sheldon Street, Building 2, Prescott
CASH FOR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP AWARENESS NIGHT - CLARKDALE
Tuesday, December 3
Yavapai College, Verde Valley Campus, Community Room – Building M., 1st Floor
601 Black Hills Drive, Clarkdale
At both events, registered scholarship providers will have a table where they can present application requirements and other important information to interested students in order to increase awareness and community engagement. An informational document that includes a brief description of all represented opportunities will be distributed during the events to give students and parents a reference guide cataloguing the available scholarships. Scholarship providers met with over 300 interested students at the events held in 2018.
Local community groups as well as staff from ACF of Yavapai County and ACF of Sedona will be available to answer questions and share information. The events are free and open to the public. Contact Lisa Sahady at 928.583.7815 or LSahady@azfoundation.org for more information about the Prescott event, and Jennifer Perry at 928.399.7218 or JPerry@azfoundation.org for more information about the Clarkdale event.
Preserving the beauty and condition of Sedona and the Verde Valley for generations to come should be a priority to all those who enjoy it, whether we are residents or visitors. . At the Arizona Community Foundation, we work with both individuals and organizations to connect and facilitate long term solutions. I am continually impressed by the many innovative and creative ways members of our community use their skills and talents to preserve this precious Red Rock Country. Today I am pleased to share with you two unique examples of nonprofits who are leading the way in environmental sustainability.
The first is the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund (SRRTF). SRRTF was established in 2013 by a small group of hikers, equestrians, bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts who were passionate about preserving and maintaining the trails. Their mission is simple: to gather donations toward the maintenance and enhancement of non-motorized National Forest trails in, and around Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek.
The Red Rock non-motorized trails in the Coconino National Forest are a local and national treasure. Over one million people use these trails annually, 60 percent of whom are residents. Because of the high usage, the fragile sandy soils, and intense monsoon storms, these trails demand a lot of attention. The trails’ land manager, the Red Rock Ranger District (RRRD), relies on local public-private partnerships to make sure that everyone has access to high quality, safe, and well maintained trails.
In 2018, the SRRTF’s board approved a 5-year business plan calling for the creation of self-sustaining funding source(s) to ensure they could fulfill their mission. The SRRTF recently announced that an anonymous donor has stepped up to make this possible by agreeing to match up to $50,000 annually over the next ten years for the ultimate creation of a $1 million endowment.
Now, when you donate to the SRRTF, you will be part of something bigger than your financial gift: you will have the option to double your impact for generations by also contributing to this endowment. The Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund – Endowment Fund, housed at the Arizona Community Foundation, provides a permanent endowment to maintain and enhance our Red Rock trails. This is a great example of how a local nonprofit led by passionate community members is stepping up to make a truly lasting impact on the community.
The second nonprofit who is leading the way in local sustainability efforts is the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. This past weekend I attended Arizona Forward’s 50th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards Gala in Phoenix. Arizona Forward has been the state’s leading sustainability organization for the past 50 years and collaborates with Arizona business leaders, state and city officials, and policymakers to collectively influence how we can best grow Arizona communities, stimulate the economy, and maintain quality of life. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce was recognized at this prestigious event as a “Sustainable Champion Organization”.
Tourism is the major economic driver in our community and we are all aware of the challenges that brings. But I commend the Sedona Chamber of Commerce for leading the way for sustainable tourism. With proper planning and community involvement, we can achieve balance protecting our natural beauty, enhancing community character, and livability while also maintaining a vital economy.
We can all do something to preserve Sedona and theVerde Valley for future generations. I encourage members of our community to take inspiration from the SRRTF or the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and get involved. You can volunteer to help with creek, trail, or roadside clean ups or you can donate to the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund. This beautiful area we call home requires consistent maintenance and federal funds are not sufficient.
To learn more about the Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund or any of the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona’s environmental field of interest funds, please contact Jennifer Perry, Regional Director.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona celebrated the 19th annual Spirit of Sedona event on Thursday, September 5 at Enchantment Resort. Approximately 200 community members gathered to honor the 2019 nonprofit grant recipients and philanthropic leaders in the community.
With the support of its Board of Advisors and volunteer grant review panelists, ACF of Sedona awarded over $160,000 in grants this year to 47 nonprofits serving Sedona and the Verde Valley. Funded projects address various community needs in the areas of the environment, animal welfare, arts and culture, community improvement, diversity education, social justice, and healthcare. The nonprofit organizations that received grants were honored during the event for their dedication and the impact they make in the community.
Six individuals and organizations received awards for their exemplary leadership and commitment to improving Sedona and the Verde Valley:
“The Spirit of Sedona is a unique event that celebrates both philanthropy and community,” said Jennifer Perry, Regional Director of ACF of Sedona. “We are fortunate to have many generous and talented individuals in our community who give their time and charitable dollars to make Sedona and the Verde Valley a better place to live. The Spirit of Sedona provides an opportunity to pause and recognize all the good work that is being accomplished in our community.”
The event was made possible through the generosity of local sponsors including presenting sponsor BMO Harris Bank. Other sponsors included Eye Boutique of Sedona, Edward Jones, Kincaid Financial Advisors, Yavapai College, Accord Hospice, and Morris Trust. In-kind sponsors included the Enchantment Resort, Larry Kane Photography, Sedona Media Services, PSAV, and Red Rock Magic Trolley.
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