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Twenty-five years ago the historic Yuma Theater was facing the threat of demolition. But Don Soldwedel, a Yuma resident and board member for the Arizona Community Foundation, was unwilling to see that happen.


Along with wife Luda, Soldwedel gathered support from fellow residents Stephen P. Shadle and F.C. Braden. Together they spearheaded an effort to save the theater, resulting in its purchase for $42,000 - an asset that established the first Yuma-area fund at the Arizona Community Foundation.


They may not have known it then, but the seeds had been planted for the future of the Yuma Community Foundation.

Recent News from Yuma Community Foundation


Nominations needed for Heart of Yuma awards
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

THERE are just two days left for charities to register for a chance of a grant of up to ?10,000. The Gannett Foundation is giving projects which promise...more

Nonprofits can apply for $80K in grants
Foundation: Arizona Community Foundation, Yuma Community Foundation

The Yuma Community Foundation is currently accepting requests from area nonprofit organizations that would like to receive part of $80,200 in grants...more

Yuma Community Foundation to Accept Grant Requests for Its 2013 Grant Cycle
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

The Yuma Community Foundation, an organization that acquires, oversees and allocates donor gifts for charitable purposes in Yuma County, will soon begin accepting grant applications from local...more

$75000 to help Somerton youth center now, in future
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

Without the funding provided through the Yuma Community Foundation (YCF), “we would probably just close our doors and not have a place for the kids,” said Angelica Roldan, youth center...more

Foundation gives boost to Humane Society of Yuma
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

“In this particular case, two caring donors left their estate to the Yuma Community Foundation's Animal Welfare Fund for the explicit purpose of providing low cost spay/neutering services.”...more

Smiths honored with Heart of Yuma award
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

Victor and Karen Smith have been named Philanthropists of the Year by the Yuma Community Foundation. The Smiths were honored during the 13th Annual Heart of Yuma Awards held at the Yuma Civic Center...more

AWC Foundation & Hawkey Nominated for Heart of Yuma
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

Yuma, Arizona - With nominations in four of six categories, Arizona Western College will figure prominently in the Heart of Yuma Awards to be presented by the Yuma Community Foundation at its annual...more

Yuma Community Foundation now accepting nominations for the 2012 Heart of ...
Foundation: Arizona Community Foundation, Yuma Community Foundation

“It's a rare chance to recognize those who are often our unsung heroes,” said Judy Gresser, Western Region manager of the Arizona Community Foundation, which oversees YCF. “Those who...more

Foundation seeking grants applicants
Foundation: Yuma Community Foundation

The Yuma Community Foundation will soon begin accepting requests from area nonprofit organizations that would like to receive part of the $76100 in grants...more

Yuma Community Foundation Helps Meet Nonprofit Needs
Foundation: Arizona Community Foundation, Yuma Community Foundation

Over the years, Yuma Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation, has distributed $4.3 million in grants and scholarships to nonprofit organizations and students in Yuma...more



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