Students at Northland Pioneer College will be the beneficiaries of $33,837 raised by NPC Friends & Family on Arizona Gives Day, April 2.
Writing to donors at the conclusion of the day’s event, Betsyann Wilson, executive director of the nonprofit organization, said, “This was our BEST AZ Gives Day ever! From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to all who gave this year. Please know that you have done a wonderful thing for some truly amazing and inspiring students.”
NPC Friends & Family donations came from 97 unique individuals. “There were several very generous anonymous gifts that made this our best Arizona Gives Day yet, over $7,601 more than last year! I wish I knew who you were because you made a HUGE difference in our effort to raise scholarship dollars for NPC students.”
Many NPC students are the first generation in their families to pursue a college education. They are setting an example for their children, demonstrating that a college degree is attainable and worth achieving. Many are working adults with jobs, children, family or elders to care for. “As a donor, you provide the help they need to reach their dreams,” continued Wilson. “More than a scholarship; it is acknowledgment that what they are striving for is worth it, and that someone recognizes and cares about their struggle.”
Wilson expressed appreciation to “Angie Fabian and our friends at Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center. Motivated by their substantial challenge gift, we raised over $5,000 before noon, and they matched it, to add to over $6,000 in pre-scheduled donations. That set the tone for the rest of the day.”
Her appreciation extended to Ann Hess and Kelli Freeman for all of the social media posts. “Kelli set up her own fundraising page, which generated $601, plus she organized two fundraising events through The House and Red Barn Creamery. Kelli also worked with the Morning Crew at Q-Country – Brandon, Chris and Mick – to get the momentum going on AZ Gives Day,” Wilson adds.
Donors had the option to designate funds to specific scholarships, or to the general scholarship program. “Every donation helps, no matter the size. We even had one student give back a donation to the scholarship she received several years ago. This ‘paying forward’ is what is so great about the NPC community,” remarked Wilson.
Any undesignated donations, plus the bonus money, will be used for Friends & Family scholarships including the Fill the Gap, Leg Up, High School Equivalency and Placement Testing scholarships. For details about these and other scholarships, visit www.npc.edu/scholarships.
Unofficial totals showed $2,671,815 was raised on Arizona Gives Day for 653 organizations from 17,570 donors. “NPC Friends & Family finished 19th overall, fifth in the rural nonprofits and third in the small organization category,” noted Wilson. Overall, NPC Friends & Family earned $7,500 in bonus money. Results are not yet final, but Wilson is not anticipating any changes in the results.
“Reviewing the event’s leader board, poor, rural Navajo County nonprofits beat out many of the larger Valley, Tucson, and state-wide organizations. That’s something to be VERY proud of!” said Wilson. The Humane Society of the White Mountains finished third in rural nonprofits earning a $1,500 bonus, sixth in mid-sized organizations and 31st overall. The Hopi Foundation finished second in the rural nonprofits, winning a $2,500 bonus.
All donations to NPC Friends and Family, a 501 (c) (3) organization, are tax deductible. NPC Friends & Family is organized exclusively to support the mission and goals of Northland Pioneer College through advancement of college programs and services, establishment and growth of student scholarships and positive promotion of NPC. For more information about fundraising events or creating or donating to a scholarship, please contact Betsyann Wilson at (928) 536-6245, email, or consider making a gift today by visiting www.npcfriendsfamily.org.
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