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Matt Molenar, chair of the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma's local Board of Advisors and owner of MGM Design, was recently named "Member of the Year" by the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce. The award is the highest honor a member can receive.
Matt said his membership in the Chamber has been instrumental to the growth and success of his business and thanked his team, local clients and family for their support.
Matt's leadership extends far beyond the Chamber and his business. In addition to serving as the Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma, Matt is also President of NexGen, a local leadership council and networking group.
"It's inspiring to see Matt receive this award, but also not surprising," said Janell Johnson, Regional Director for the Arizona Community Foundation. "This is his second year as Chair of the Board of Advisors, and he is always inspiring individuals and his corporate peers to take action in support of local philanthropy." Read more.
As of January 1, 2015, we are now the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. Our new name and logo reflect the unity of the Arizona Community Foundation Affiliates in mobilizing enduring philanthropy for a better Arizona. Our operations, grantmaking, steadfast commitment to leadership in Yuma will remain unchanged as we move into our exciting future. Read more.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, an investment in education always pays the best interest. Recognizing this, generous individuals, families and community groups in Yuma County have established and contributed to scholarship funds to support students in our county in pursuing their educational goals after high school.
When the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma partnered with Arizona Western College Foundation and the University of Arizona Yuma to facilitate a Scholarship Night, hundreds of local students attended the December event at Cibola High School.
During the 15th annual Heart of Yuma celebration in October, former state Senator Russ Jones and his wife Janet were named Philanthropists of the Year in honor of their generous contributions to Yuma County.
The Joneses’ involvement with the Yuma Community Foundation dates back to its establishment in the early 1990s, and the couple remains actively involved to this day. Russ has also contributed his time, talents and treasure to the Yuma Regional Medical Center Foundation, the San Luis Community Fund, the US/Mexico Border Philanthropic Partnership and the Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation.
Russ and Janet founded the Yuma Orchestra Association in 1976, which has since supported arts and culture in the Yuma area by providing enrichment and educational opportunities for students and conductors as well as hosting the annual Celebration of Strings. Janet herself volunteers four days a week with local schools and actively promotes youth music education in Yuma County in a variety of other ways.
Read more about this year's Philanthropists of the Year and the fifteenth annual Heart of Yuma in the Yuma Sun's article.
The Yuma Community Foundation also announced the nonprofit organizations that received grants to support projects that nurture youth, combat food insecurity, support animal welfare and advance the health and wellness of our county. Read more about grants awarded by the Yuma Community Foundation.
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