Williams Community Fund distributes grants to local organizations

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams was one of several recipients of the Greater Williams Community Fund. Wendy Howell/WGCN

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Williams was one of several recipients of the Greater Williams Community Fund. Wendy Howell/WGCN

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - The Greater Williams Community Fund (GWCF) put on their annual grant presentation and donor recognition reception June 23 at South Rims Beer & Wine Garage and awarded $9,600 to area nonprofits.

Linda and Chuck Eaton started the fund in 2005 in memory of their son Kevin Twitty, who died three years earlier at age 25. The fund is a community fund that is associated with the Arizona Community Foundation of Flagstaff, a nonprofit organization that manages the money.

According to the Eatons, the grant fund was established to advance a culture of community giving and provide financial support programs that serve the greater Williams area, including Parks, Ash Fork and Valle. The fund has grown to almost $200,000, with 5 percent of the interest each year going towards grants.

Since inception, the fund has awarded more than $68,000 in grants. This year the group awarded grants to the following seven nonprofit organizations:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters: $2,000 Kevin Twitty Memorial Fund for mentoring area youth;

• St. Vincent de Paul: $1,500 for assist -ing people in Williams, Ash Fork and Seligman with utilities, food and shelter costs;

• Williams Alliance for the Arts: $2,500 to help with art education and activities in the community;

• Arizona Science Center: $1,000; for educational programs at Williams Elementary-Middle School;

• Camp Civitan: $1,300 to provide assistance for those with special needs; and

• Williams Senior Center: $1,300 towards programs for the elderly.

The goal of GWCF is to raise 1 million dollars that would produce $50,000 in yearly grants. Every $200,000 creates $10,000 in yearly grant money.

GCWF also recognized several businesses that support the grant fund. Bill Williams Seniors, Colors of the West, Grand Living Bed & Breakfast, Grand Canyon Coffee & Cafe, LLC, The Historic Yellow House, Old Trails, Inc. and Refresh Your Look, LLC. all donated a percentage of their sales on Williams Founder's Day to the fund.

Gifts to the fund leave a legacy through the power of endowment.

Earnings are used to support grants and investment returns are invested back into the endowment for continued growth. Those interested in leaving a legacy or other donations to the GWCF can do so at www.azfoundation.org/Williams.


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