f rom the president Our Yavapai College Foundation Board, featured on pages 4 and 5 of this issue, continues to be an exciting way for its members to serve Yavapai College and our community. Volunteers all, our members bring diverse backgrounds, notable achievements and interesting personal experiences to our eﬀorts. Let me share with you some of what the Foundation is working on and how you can help. Our current major activity is to raise $3 million to build a 3,000-case-per-year winery on the Verde campus. This is to be a teaching winery, and already students are enrolled in a 2-year degree program focused on grapes and grape-growing along with winemaking. Three acres of grapes were planted on campus last spring, and three more will be planted May 4 this year. Economic development is one of the major areas of focus for Yavapai College. Historically, economic development here has focused on growth and tourism. We at YC and YCF believe there are other ways to provide good careers for college graduates. The new winery is one example. YC and YCF are working together to take advantage of other college programs: the nationally respected gunsmithing program and numerically controlled machine tools linked to drafting computers are just a couple of examples. We are exploring ways to help local businesses create jobs for our grads and achieve diversity and growth in our economy. The Foundation depends on donors for the funding we need to support the college, its students and the larger community. Consider the following ways you can support our Foundation: • More than 150 individuals that we know of already have made a commitment in their estate plans to leave a gift to YCF upon their passing. It costs nothing now and is a fine way to leave a lasting memorial.
• More than 30 people have each contributed $5,000 or more to reserve a space in the Southwest Wine Center Founders Wall. There will be a maximum of 100 of these named spaces available. Participants will be part of a prestigious group that will get in on the ground floor of something special. • Endow a scholarship that can generate support for one or more students on a yearly basis. A gift of $10,000 or more allows you to name the scholarship after yourself or someone of your choice. Your contribution of cash, highly appreciated stocks, assigned insurance policies or physical assets are great ways to support our community college through its Foundation. Together we can help our students avoid the huge student loans that are burdening so many in our society. For those of you who have previously made gifts to the Foundation, I thank you. If you haven’t done so, I urge you to consider us in your philanthropic eﬀorts. We will manage your money prudently and work closely with the college to create a better community William C. Miller III YCF Board President
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