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Recap of Sedona Nonprofit Site Visits

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Sedona Historical Society Nonprofit Site Visit

By: Sheri Denny, Regional Philanthropic Advisor

Members of the community were invited to join ACF of Sedona and the Verde Valley staff, Board of Advisors, donors, and volunteers as we visited and learned about the important work of our local nonprofits. These were free philanthropic field trips, otherwise known as site visits. Most of the nonprofits visited this spring received grant awards in December from the ACF Sedona and Verde Valley 2023 grant cycle. Visitors were able to see not only the impact of the funding received, but also meet the dynamic nonprofit leaders/volunteers/board members, understand the historical context of the organization and their partnerships within the community, and find out their current needs.

Site Visits

Clarkdale Historical Society & Museum

The Clarkdale Historical Society and Museum (CHSM) is housed in the old clinic building, constructed during the influenza pandemic of 1918-19. The renovated building was formally opened as the Clarkdale Museum in 2008 and is run entirely by volunteers. CHSM received partial funding to upgrade its displays and office technology.

Verde Valley Sanctuary

The Verde Valley Sanctuary received general operating funds to support its mission to provide safety, services, and comfort to survivors of domestic and sexual violence. The tour included visiting their new campus and community-based advocacy center, the transitional housing complex, and the emergency shelter.

Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society

The Beaver Creek Preservation & Historical Society is located on the grounds of the Beaver Creek School (K-8) in the 1932 School House. This volunteer-run nonprofit has received funding in the past but did not apply in 2023. They would like to have enough volunteers to be open this summer on Saturdays when the Beaver Creek Library is open.

Beaver Creek Library

The Beaver Creek Library is part of the Yavapai County Free Library District and within the Beaver Creek School buildings. The Friends of the Beaver Creek Library received partial funding for new tables and chairs.

The school will keep the previous tables and use them for art classes as a former volunteer crafted and donated these items along with shelving in 1992.

Beaver Creek Adult Center

This all-volunteer community center serves as a hub for a wide variety of activities in Rimrock, Lake Montezuma, McGuireville, and nearby communities. They received partial funding to support general operations.

For more information on any of the site visits please contact Sheri Denny, Philanthropic Advisor of ACF of Sedona, by calling 928.583.7816 or emailing sdenny@azfoundation.org.