Narrative History

The Founding: YCCD Foundation was granted status as a not-for-profit by both the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service (U.S. Government) during the 1972-73 academic year. The purpose of the foundation at the time, as stated in the Articles of Incorporation, could be encapsulated in a single sentence: “The specific and primary purpose for which this Corporation is formed is to establish an organization to manage and administer funds and other property bequeathed or donated to Yuba College for the educational benefit of students and former students of Yuba College.”

The original Board of Directors of the YCCD Foundation reflected the District’s Service area at the time, emphasizing Yuba, Sutter and Colusa Counties. This Board included many of the most distinguished leaders of these communities at that time:

YCCD Foundation Founding Board - 1972
Mrs. John Lamon Marysville, CA
Mr. Don Huckins Marysville, CA
Mr. Jack Sullivan Yuba City, CA
Mr. Peter Dwyer Colusa, CA
Mr. Thomas Gianella, Jr. Yuba City, CA
Mr. Theodore George Yuba City, CA
Dr. Daniel G. Walker Yuba City, CA
Mr. Algeo Brill Marysville, CA
Mr. Paul Heilmann Marysville, CA

Throughout the 1970s, the District grew to include Woodland and Clear Lake, with these new service areas providing membership to the Board as well. As a rule, the Board has subsequently included 12 to 14 community members and four “ex officio” internal members.

The Sawtell Endowment: In the late 1970s, a memorial gift in the name of a regional agriculturalist, Harold Sawtell, provided a corpus of more than $2 million dollars from which the Foundation’s investments would be able to generate annual scholarship gifts based on both merit and need. Surrounding the completion of the Sawtell gift (1990), were the donation of 33 other endowed gifts to support programs, services and scholarships at the various campuses throughout Yuba Community College District. These endowed gifts are listed below:

Over the years, hundreds of additional, short-term scholarships have been named in support of most academic programs throughout the District. Additionally, funds have been donated to support such projects as campus beautification, laboratory equipment, faculty/staff mini-grants, athletic programs, cultural events, the libraries, disabled students, the food services program, law enforcement, music and the arts, and student emergency relief.


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