The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County honors community members and local nonprofits

by Carol M. Chamberlain, Regional Director, ACF of Yavapai County
Photo by Marchetti Photos

The Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County’s annual Joy of Giving Philanthropic Awards Luncheon celebrates the people and nonprofit organizations who work to make our community great.

The 2017 Joy of Giving awards luncheon honored the contributions of late local philanthropist Bill Fain (1938-2016). Many say that 2017 Philanthropist of the Year honoree Bill Fain was the embodiment of Prescott Valley. Upon his generous donation of land, Prescott Valley built the Civic Center area, Bradshaw Mountain High School and the Yavapai Regional Medical Center East Campus. Fain’s generosity was not exclusive to Prescott Valley. The Prescott Airport is built on land he donated. His door was open to all, and he handled deals the “old fashioned” way, with a handshake.

Fain has passed his philanthropic spirit to his children, ensuring that the Fain family will continue to be a part of this community for many years to come. These qualities and more led ACF of Yavapai County and its Board of Advisors to select Fain as the 2017 Philanthropist of the Year.

The Kiwanis Club of Prescott was also recognized with the Community Leadership Award for its annual auctions that have provided more than $2 million in funding for community projects and college scholarships as well as its crowning jewel – Kayla’s Hands Playground, which was built in honor of Kayla Mueller whose life was cut short by ISIS.

This year’s grant recipients were celebrated during the luncheon, and attendees participated in a group giving activity. Five nonprofit organizations shared stories about projects that serve our community’s residents, and guests had the chance to turn their support into additional funding from ACF of Yavapai County.

Our appreciation goes out to this year’s returning sponsors – APS and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Thank you to those who attended and supported the 2017 Joy of Giving. We hope it left you energized, inspired and full of affection for our home in Yavapai County.