Culture

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At the end of 2019, the Dorrance Family Foundation of Scottsdale issued a $300,000 matching funds grant to Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation, inc., a Scottsdale-based nonprofit that builds homes and provides food to the needy in Mexico. The grant will be used to build a new volunteer dormitory in Agua Prieta, Sonora, on the U.S./Mexico border because Rancho Feliz has outgrown its current facility. The new dormitory, “La Hacienda Feliz,” will house U.S. and Mexican volunteers together while they build homes, distribute food and care for children and seniors in the area’s slums, fostering cross-cultural service experiences.

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After Carol and Jim Hebets moved to Phoenix in 1985 from San Diego, Carol served on the board of Arizona Foundation for Women. During her board service, Carol met Sara O’Meara, who, along with Yvonne Fedderson, founded Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping abused, neglected and at-risk children. Once Carol and Jim learned more about the organization, they quickly jumped on board as volunteers.

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Geri Wright’s nonprofit fundraising career has spanned more than 25 years and has included stints at the Heard Museum and Arizona Theatre Company. After a mutual friend introduced Wright to the founders of Act One, a nonprofit organization that provides arts experiences to lower-income school children in Maricopa and Pima counties, she came on board in 2015. Now Act One's CEO and president, Wright is passionate about the organization's mission and shares why arts education for children is vital.

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