eet Abby Biro
ThE YAVAPAi COllEgE FOunDATiOn Endowment Building Campaign This $10 million Endowment Building Campaign will create a self-perpetuating source of funds that will ensure that YC’s educational programs and services will not only continue, but also improve and grow to meet the needs of the region. This campaign will also help insure that education remains accessible and affordable for Yavapai County residents. Student Scholarships Scholarships from more than 104 endowed funds benefit hundreds of students each year, with almost $2 million awarded to deserving undergraduates over the last two decades. These funds have provided a promising future to many students who otherwise would not have had the means to pursue their dreams of success. Campaign for The Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College Ambitious capital campaign will raise $3 million to establish the Southwest Wine Center. This academic center will include degree programs, a student-run vineyard, a teaching winery, and data repository on growing grapes in the southwest uSA. Chapters and Auxiliaries The Yavapai College Foundation does more than raise funds for the College. Through the interests of community members and the Board of Directors, the Foundation has developed a broad scope that encompasses several diverse auxiliary organizations and projects:
Since the last issue of FOCUS, Abby Biro has joined the Foundation as the Development Assistant. Her job involves supporting the YCF Board of Directors and committees, gift processing and acknowledgement, and helping with special events and scholarship donor stewardship. “Abby has become a valuable addition to the team,” noted Paul Kirchgraber, Director of Development, “by serving as point of contact between the Foundation and board members, staﬀ and the community needing information about the areas she’s responsible for.” Abby and her husband moved to Prescott from Seattle, Washington in August to live closer to family. In Seattle, Abby was a Development Coordinator at the Overlake Hospital Foundation. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University in Irvine, California. Abby notes that she has already met many wonderful people through her role in the Foundation and as a member of the Prescott Area Young Professionals, and she is excited to be a part of Yavapai College.
Greater Verde Valley Chapter (GVVC) raises funds for campus programs in Cottonwood, Clarkdale, and Sedona. Recognizing YC’s potential for growth in the Verde Valley, this group of dedicated supporters and investors took up the challenge and created this chapter of the YC Foundation. Friends of YC Art supports students and faculty in the Visual Arts Department. They are committed to raising funds and sharing student and professional artwork with the community. Friends also raises money for the construction and management of the Sculpture Garden. Friends of the Yavapai College Library helps the Library expand its services by providing programs and services that connect the community to the Library as a cultural and literary center. Friends of Music works to benefit and support the Music Department’s students and programs and to help attract new, top-quality students. Friends of the FEC supports and raises funds for the Family Enrichment Center. The FEC offers quality learning experiences to a diverse group of children from both the college and the wider community, and provides invaluable hands-on teacher training to YC early- and elementaryeducation students. The Roughrider Club supports student athletes, teams, and athletic facilities. Performing Arts Charitable Endowment (PACE) supports the College’s ability to offer high-caliber entertainment and bring artistic programs to the community. Each year a special focus is placed on children’s programming in order to benefit our community’s children. The President’s Club through PACE supports the YC Performing Arts Center at the highest level while offering benefits to contributors far beyond the standard ticket. President’s Priority Fund enables the YC President to meet emerging strategic priorities of the College and respond to emergency funding needs. Legacy League members are a very special group of YCF friends who have invested in the college’s future by making planned gifts of any amount. The Legacy League helps to build long-range financial stability for the Foundation by supporting our mission beyond a donor’s lifetime. For additional information, contact the Foundation Office at (928) 7762025 or visit yc.edu/ycf