​United Way of Yavapai County

What  is Social Enterprise?

Many nonprofit organizations are social enterprises through and through:  they don't rely solely on grants and donations, but also on income through selling goods and services.  Social enterprises apply business solutions to social problems.  The ultimate goal is to acheive sustainability by enabling nonprofits to support themselves  financially in innovative ways instead of relying solely on grants and donations.

New UWYC Social Enterprise Program at work!

Yavapai Food Council creates job training program

The YFC program  will include job training under the module of “An Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector”. This will include an overview of how we support  garden efforts including student involvement and harvesting, final product production/packaging/quality control, distribution and marketing plan development and implementation, financial projections and planning, and data reporting. Participants will prepare, dehydrate, and mix the products before packaging. Our goal will be to expose the work force training participants to food opportunities in nonprofits organizations at a level that is appropriate for each participants’ abilities.

Yavapai Food Council has been selected as an organization to be highlighted by the Social Enterprise Alliance in October, November, and December for the 2018 Holiday Guide with 150 Gifts that Give Back. YFCs social enterprise portfolio will provide a national market for a local food product, generate income for the Food Council, and add depth to the training and work experience of the YFC job training participants. The development of this product can also provide YFC and other child hunger programs with a nutritious, shelf stable, single serve soup for the weekend food pack programs. 

Doubling hope...

For the first time, United Way of Yavapai County has conducted two grant opportunities within a one-year timeframe.  We felt this was a better way to meet the changing needs of our nonprofit organizations and those whom they serve.  The work of human services organizations is a dynamic, fluid and an ever-changing landscape.  United Way of Yavapai County decided this was a way to be more nimble and responsive to the needs of our community service organizations and their new and innovate programs.   Our previous grant cycle awards were announced in September 2017.  Our February 2018, program partners are as follows:  The American Red Cross who has partnered with People Who Care to create a unique new program called Sound the Alarm. Save a Life:  The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign in Yavapai County.  This program teams with People Who Care to provide fire prevention services and strategies to the homebound who are receiving services from People Who Care’s programs.  We are supporting early childhood literacy with the Bagdad Core Program:  Family First Literacy; this program bringing the Imagination Library to families in the Bagdad and Hillside communities who have children age 5 and younger.  We are supporting the Yavapai Food Council to expand their services, reaching those experiencing food poverties in Peoples Valley and Kirkland.  We are also supporting Stepping Stones in launching a new services portal in Prescott, the Community Embedded Advocacy Center, which will be located in their existing thrift store on Goodwin Street.  For a complete list of United Way of Yavapai County supported programs, please see our “Program Partners.”

United Way of Yavapai County is also very excited to be supporting four new Social Enterprise Programs.  These grants of $10,000.00 each, will be allocated throughout the year to four organizations who applied and were awarded this seed money.  These select nonprofit partners will each forge a new revenue arm for their organizations.  These four agencies will construct programs that not only generate revenue, but at the same time, they train their clients with job readiness skills.  The four organizations will work together as a cohort, taking a series of organizational development classes through the United Way of Yavapai County Center for Nonprofit Excellence.  The program planning will begin in March; our agency partners in this venture are Coalition for Compassion and Justice, Steps to Recovery, the Yavapai Food Council, and The Launch Pad.  We are thrilled about this pilot project and feel this is an enterprising approach to meeting the workforce development needs in our community. 

Changing the life of a child...
An excerpt from a letter of thanks…
Dear Supporters of the Imagination Library,
 I love to watch my little one run and sit down, with his very own books, turning each page slowly, oblivious to anything else! This was a boy who couldn’t sit still or turn pages in the right direction, not too long ago.  He just wasn’t interested in reading.  This program is doing exactly as it was designed!  Having it mailed to our house makes it so special.  He can unwrap it himself, with an expectant happy smile!  We signed up last year.  That’s when his thinking changed about books.  Thanking you every time we take out one from his collection.   From JL, a Verde Valley Mom.  

February 14, 2018
Posted by Kimberly Raibourne, UWYC

Daniel Smith, Northern Arizona University Intern & Navy Seabee Afghanistan war veteran is our second author to be featured on our new Blog page. His Blog posts are an informative series and gives some insight in regards to our local homeless population!
Annette Olson, Executive Director of United Way of Yavapai County is the first author to be featured on our new Blog page. This first Blog post is about one of our Partner Agencies, their name is People Who Care!

This video gives an overview of the great work UWYC and some of its partners do!

Boys and Girls Clubs of Central AZ members thanking UWYC for funding support. This would not be possible without the contributions of UWYC DONORS!



Short video featuring 3 companies who support the United Way of Yavapai County. Freeport McMoRan is a major donor and many of its employees contribute via payroll deductions. Findlay Toyota was a sponsor of our 2017 Kickoff event. Target collected donations in its store and employees volunteered at our 2017 Day of Action. There are many more corporate partners and we would like to thank them all!





Here are a few of the nonprofit agencies whose programs United Way of Yavapai County has funded recently.

Staff of Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters thank United Way of Yavapai County (and its donors) for recent grant funding!



Built and sponsored by the leaders and students of Bagdad High School.
They call themselves
"The Cottage Crafters" and their slogan is
"You're Invited to Live United!"

Participating students: Rio Delgado, Hunter Gates, Bethany Loveall, Kyleigh Nations, Damion Tham, Kassie Estrada, Cole Chapin, Andrew Medina, Connor Pacheco, Devin Nelson, Quentin Martin, Kurtis Garcia, Michael Mendez, Isaiah Covey, Shane Covey, Austin Easterday,
Scotty Finnerty, and Tony Ventura.

Bagdad FCCLA

 Bagdad FCCLA
Participating Staff: Culinary teacher Shaun Rose and Construction teacher Tom Rose. In association with Bagdad FCCLA.

Built and sponsored by the leaders and students of Bagdad High School.
They call themselves
"The Cottage Crafters" and their slogan is
"You're Invited to Live United!"

The above video features the delivery of the new Tiny "Safe Sleeper" Cottage to Paul Mitchell at CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice)!


Participating Staff: Culinary teacher Shaun Rose and Construction teacher Tom Rose. In association with Bagdad FCCLA.