The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce Jennifer Perry will become Regional Director, ACF of Sedona beginning June 19, 2019.
As Regional Director, Jennifer will be responsible for serving local donors, creating community engagement, and building ACF of Sedona’s assets to support the community. She will collaborate with the local Board of Advisors, which is composed of a diverse cross-section of community leaders, to enhance community impact through strategic grantmaking.
Jennifer brings with her several decades of experience as a nonprofit executive director, extensive marketing experience, and most importantly, a strong background in asset development. Most recently, Jennifer served as Director of Development for the Verde Valley Sanctuary and previously served as the Director of Development and Marketing & Capital Campaign Consultant for the Sedona Public Library.
“With the hiring of Jennifer Perry, the community of Sedona and the Verde Valley will benefit greatly from her knowledge and expertise in so many facets of the philanthropic arena,” said John Kincaid, ACF of Sedona Board of Advisors Co-Chair.
“We believe Jennifer’s engagement with this community and her background in nonprofit development will support the growth of the ACF of Sedona office,” said Elisa de la Vara, ACF Chief Community Officer. “Her community connectivity and experience will continue to enhance ACF’s brand in service to Sedona and the Verde Valley.”
Jennifer believes in community engagement, as exemplified through her community service and volunteer activities. She has served on numerous community boards and has been an active volunteer. Jennifer currently serves as a board member for the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Verde Valley First Books. She has engaged with ACF of Sedona through her previous roles, including as a participant in the 2017 ACF of Sedona Grant Review Committee. Jennifer also served on the City of Sedona Small Grants Review Committee in 2017 and 2018.
Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse University and an MBA from Simmons College. She resides in Cornville with her husband and two daughters.
The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona have partnered with Yavapai College to present their annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Nights. Two events will provide opportunities for local students, their families, and educators to learn more about post-secondary scholarships, vocational trainings, and certificates available for both traditional and non-traditional
The Annual Cash for College Scholarship Awareness Night in Clarkdale brought together 24 scholarship providers and nearly 200 Sedona and Verde Valley high school and adult students and their families to learn about local scholarship opportunities. The event, hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of Sedona in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County and sponsored by Yavapai College, is part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about financial support for higher education available to high school students and adult students of all ages.
The need for a skilled labor workforce is increasing in Sedona and the Verde Valley. ACF of Sedona debuted one of their newest scholarship opportunities, Pathway to Careers: Sedona/Verde Valley Career and Technical Scholarship. This scholarship is positioned to be a philanthropic bridge for regional workforce development and it is offered to students who are seeking a technical vocation. Additionally, Yavapai College presented their 135+ scholarships available to Roughriders through the Yavapai College Foundation. Their financial aid office can help with FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications and hosts a list of outside scholarships.
The Arizona Community Foundation was also present, sharing information about scholarship opportunities available to Yavapai County students and their unique online application portal that automatically matches students with more than 100 scholarships for which they qualify. ACF is the largest private provider of scholarships in the state and the application portal will open on January 3, 2019.
Many of the scholarship opportunities presented at Cash for College have application deadlines in early spring. Click here to receive a digital copy of the local scholarship booklet provided at the event.
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