Friends & Family raises $22,424

April 5, 2017 by Anonymous

“It really IS a few caring people who change the world!” commented Betsyann Wilson, executive director of Northland Pioneer College Friends and Family, at the conclusion of Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 4. The nonprofit alliance received $22,424 in 89 unique donations during the one-day fundraising campaign.

 “In the last two minutes, we were bumped from third to fifth place in the small nonprofits, knocking us out of a $10,000 bonus from the event’s corporate sponsors,” added Wilson. Unofficial totals showed $2,245,161 was raised for 872 organizations.

“There were over 1,000 nonprofits registered for this year's one-day campaign, and we finished 20th overall, statewide, including small, medium and large groups,” continued Wilson. Friends and Family is considered a small nonprofit.

“Our friends at Summit Healthcare blew it out of the water for us! With their generous challenge gift, we raised our first $5,000 before 7:40 a.m., and they matched it! It set the tone for the whole day!”

“Another hero is Louis Smith, who donated $2,000 to the Martia A. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides a full-ride – tuition, books and fees – stipend of up to $3,000 to an NPC student,” added Wilson. Created in honor of his late wife who was an adjunct art instructor, the endowed scholarship is not being awarded this year to increase its interest-earning capability. A separate donation of over $100 was also received for the Smith Scholarship.

Donors designated contributions to several other scholarships through NPC Friends and Family. The endowed Charles Listizky Scholarship for Native American students received almost $500. The endowed Claude Endfield Early Childhood Scholarships received $315. Another $100 was earmarked for the Prescott Winslow Scholarship Fund, with $50 designated for the Val 153 Scholarship for women in first responder programs.

“We had 15 new donors this year. There were also six anonymous donors. No matter how you look at it, NPC students won big through the generous donations of many people,” remarked Wilson.

She extended a special thanks to NPC President Dr. Jeanne Swarthout for “her final push” and to Ann Hess, Karen Hall and Eric Bishop for “staying awake with me.”

“Reviewing the event's leaderboard, 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 14th statewide. Other Navajo County nonprofits included the Hopi Foundation (28th), Hopi Education Endowment Fund (58th) and Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute (59th).

For more information about NPC Friends and Family or to make a donation, please contact NPC Friends and Family Executive Director Betsyann Wilson at 928-536-6245, email or visit