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Your community, your foundation

Every day, I like to take some time to think about a few things for which I'm grateful, and while there are certainly many things I count among my blessings, chief among them are my family and my community. I'm also grateful that I am able to do what I love, which is helping my friends and neighbors live their passion through charitable giving through the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County.

You might know ACF of Yavapai County as a grantmaker supporting local causes, but our annual grantmaking is an intended outcome of our work. Our work itself is mobilizing enduring philanthropy to strengthen our community. It is, in other words, building an endowment for the enduring benefit of Yavapai County.

When you hear the word "endowment," you might think of the endowments held by universities, churches or hospitals. These are the "forever funds" where supporters direct donations to ensure the work that matters to them can go on in perpetuity.

Communities can have endowments, too, and that's where ACF of Yavapai County comes in. Since our establishment in 1993, donors of ACF of Yavapai County have grown our community's endowment to more than $33 million in assets held in more than 60 charitable funds. These funds are established by individuals and families who make a gift to support charitable work that benefits their community. The dollars of that gift are invested, and the interest from their earnings go directly into our community in the form of grants and scholarships.

Depending on a donor's goals and interests, a number of options are available to them. My role is to listen and help you find the most effective way to realize your charitable goals with the assets you have available. Many people think that a philanthropist is a mega-millionaire who starts a foundation on her own, but that's not the case. Philanthropy is the desire to promote the welfare of others, it is the expression of generosity in great ways and small. I believe we are all philanthropists, whether or not we see it.

I joined the Arizona Community Foundation because I wanted to help people in my community see their potential impact as philanthropists and realize their charitable goals.

We all have something we are passionate about, whether it is animal welfare, healthcare and community wellness, support for our men and women in uniform or ensuring quality education for our children.

Through the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County, you can support any and all of your cherished causes in a meaningful and enduring way. The process of discovering how you will leave a legacy in your community is exhilarating and joyous in and of itself, but it results in something even greater. Through the power of endowment, your gift will make an impact not only today, but for generations to come.

This is your community, and ACF of Yavapai County is your foundation. We're here because we believe every person can be a philanthropist, and everyone deserves the opportunity to give where they live.

Carol Chamberlain is the Regional Director for the Arizona Community Foundation. She has more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience.

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