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The annual Heart of Yuma awards recognize the individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations making a difference in Yuma County and Western Arizona. The Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma is now soliciting nominations for 2015 honorees in the following categories:
Each nomination is reviewed by members of the Heart of Yuma Blue Ribbon Panel. Honorees will be recognized at the 18th annual Heart of Yuma recognition ceremony and celebration on Tuesday, October 27 at the Schoening Conference Center at Arizona Western College. Nominate someone you believe exemplifies the Heart of Yuma, and register to attend the awards ceremony.
Please submit only one nomination per category and no more than three nominations total. Each nomination must be on a separate nomination form.
Shara Merten will join the team of the Arizona Community Foundation as Regional Senior Philanthropic Advisor in Yuma at the beginning of August.
Shara has extensive experience in management and resource development in the Yuma community, most recently with the Yuma Community Food Bank and previously with the Caballeros de Yuma, Inc. Shara has also served ACF of Yuma as a member of the nominations and planning committees for the annual Heart of Yuma event in recent years.
With these combined experiences, Shara is very well-suited to partner with Fernie and members of the local Board of Advisors to mobilize enduring philanthropy to serve Yuma and western Arizona.
Please join us in welcoming Shara!
Nonprofit organizations invited to apply for grants
The competitive grants process for 2015 will provide an opportunity for funding to nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies serving Yuma, San Luis and across Yuma County. The online application is now open, and interested organizations will have until Monday, August 17 to submit their completed proposals. For more information about the 2015 competitive grants process, visit the Grants & Initiatives page or contact Fernie Quiroz. If you have questions as you prepare your application, contact the Grants Management team.
We are pleased to welcome Fernie Quiroz to the team of the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma. As the Regional Philanthropic Coordinator, Fernie will work closely with nonprofit organizations to support the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma's grantmaking and community outreach initiatives.
Fernie has an illustrious history of service and leadership in communities of Western Arizona. He has dedicated the past 15 years to providing immigration services to Yuma County as the Executive Director for American Beginnings, an immigration and naturalization service provider specializing in employment authorization, naturalization support, and petitions for lawful migration. Please join us in welcoming Fernie, and learn 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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