New Director Named; Grants Given Out

The Yavapai County Arizona Community Foundation named Lisa Sahady as its new regional director and recently awarded more than $500,000 in grants.

Sahady, with 14 years’ experience in the nonprofit organizations in the Quad City area — five years as philanthropic adviser for the Yavapai County Arizona Community Foundation — succeeded Carol Chamberlain, who retired this past spring. Sahady earned a master’s degree in leadership from Grand Canyon University.

She said of her new role, “I’ll have an opportunity to work with individual donors, residents and organizations throughout the county.” Her position will focus on increasing asset development, donor engagement, community leadership, nonprofit capacity building and strategic grantmaking.

The foundation has given $502,605 to 70 groups representing organizations and communities throughout the county.

Sahady made the announcement, saying: “Because of the pandemic, we did not have the public Joy of Giving celebration where we gathered in person in August as in the past. We hope to meet together, perhaps in January 2022.”

Grant recipients by category

Grants were awarded in eight different categories.

Janet Codding Law Enforcement Canine Awards, $23,400: Camp Verde Marshal’s Office; Chino Valley Police Department; Cottonwood Police Department; Prescott Police Department; Prescott Valley Police Department; Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office.

Yavapai County Healthcare Fund and Ophthalmic Science Foundation Fund, $26,480: Arizona SonShine, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona, Verde Valley Fire District.

Pat & Gerhard Kroenuar Animal Friends Fund, $66,400: AARF Animal Rescue & Sanctuary; Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary; Large Animal Shelters & Emergency Readiness (LASER); Runnin W Wildlife Center; United Animals Friends; Yavapai Humane Society.

Yavapai County Fund for the Environment, $36,165: AZ Milkweeds for Monarchs; Highlands Center for Natural History; Sedona Red Rock Trail Fund; Slow Food Prescott; The Greater Prescott Outdoors Fund; Verde Natural Resource Conservation Education District; Verde Valley Cyclist Coalition; Verde Valley Wheel Fun; Yavapai Trail Association.

Prescott Gateway Music & Art Fund, $12,500: Arizona Cowboy Poet’s Gathering; Prescott Chorale; Red Earth Theatre.

Yavapai County Children’s Fund, $106,200: Arizona Friends of Foster Children; Friends of the Prescott Public Library; Girl Scouts — Arizona Cactus-Pine Council; Law Enforcement Heroes; Prescott YMCA; Prevent Child Abuse; The Launch Pad Teen Center; Valley of the Sun YMCA, Verde Valley Imagination Library; Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters; Yavapai CASA for Kids Foundation.

Richard & Jonne Markham Social Services Fund, $87,350: Agape House; Another Journey; Arizona Crisis Team, Catholic Charities, Community Pregnancy Center; Manzanita Outreach, Prescott Area Shelter Services; Prescott Community Cupboard Foodbank; Senior Citizens of Camp Verde; St. Vincent de Paul/St. Catherine Laboure; Stepping StonesACF; Sun Sounds; U. S. Vets; Verde Valley Homeless Coalition.

Yavapai County Community Fund, $144,110: Beaver Creek Adult Center; Beaver Creek Preservation and Historical Society; Bread of Life Missions; Camp Verde Elementary School; Coalition for Compassion and Justice; Friends of Yavapai County ARES RACES; GEM Environmental; Museum of Indigenous People; Peeples Valley Fire District; Prescott Area Habitat for Humanity; Society of St. Vincent de Paul; Immaculate Conception; Southern Yavapai Fire; Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity; Vision of Vets; West Yavapai Guidance Clinic dba Polara Health; Yarnell Fire District; Yarnell Regional Community Center; Yavapai County Sheriff’s Dog Unit.

Recipients were selected by volunteer grant panels that reviewed more than 121 applications near the first of the year.

The foundation’s office is at 300 E. Willis St., Suite B, Prescott. Sahady’s phone number is 928-5483-7815, and her email is