The Central Arizona College Foundation is a not-for-profit entity organized under the laws of the State of Arizona. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and gifts are tax deductible to the limit allowed by law.

Vision Statement

The vision of the Central Arizona College Foundation is to turn the educational and cultural hopes and dreams of our students and the communities we serve into realities.

Mission Statement

The Central Arizona College Foundation is dedicated to increasing resources, raising funds, and creating friends and partnerships to support the mission of Central Arizona College.


The overall purpose of the Foundation is to serve and support the College as a two-year institution of higher education with the primary role of providing student scholarships.

The Foundation was established in 1968 by a group of public-spirited Pinal County citizens. During its history, the Foundation has received financial gifts and real property from individuals and organizations.

The Foundation’s specific purpose has expanded over time to include:

  • ·Soliciting and accepting financial gifts, equipment, real property, and professional services.
  • ·Providing student scholarships and grants to enhance academic achievement and success.
  • ·Building and fostering relationships with the communities and agencies that the College serves.
  • ·Supporting special projects that enhance the quality of educational programs.
  • ·Providing recognition of students, college staff, Foundation members or community members for outstanding service or contributions to Central Arizona College.

Foundation Staff Contact Information

Institutional Development Office

Craig Kurtz, Executive Director

     Phone (520) 494-5215

Office Location

Signal Peak Campus
Central Arizona College, Bldg, H-108
8470 N Overfield Road
Coolidge, Arizona 85128


Foundation President

How grateful I am that so many of you embrace the mission of the Foundation – dedicated to increasing resources, raising funds, and creating friends and partnerships to support the mission of Central Arizona College!

Over the next year we plan to increase our outreach activities, especially for the Pinal Promise. We are committed to build a sustaining legacy for students to reach their full potential with a tuition-free post-secondary education at Central Arizona College. It will take many hands and hearts to implement our plans for our multi-year campaign, 25 Changes Lives.

On behalf of the Directors and staff, thank you for all you do for the Foundation and College.

Jackie Guthrie, Foundation President

Scholarship recipient Celisa Martinez

“My goal and dream is to one day become a pediatric oncologist. I’d like to thank each one of you for helping and believing in my success even when I didn’t believe in myself.  My accomplishments would not have been possible without you. Thank you.”

Scholarship recipient Esmeralda Sierra

“I committed to CAC the day I signed to receive Promise for the Future and on that day I promised myself that I would receive my high school diploma, graduate from Central Arizona College and now I am making the promise to graduate with my bachelors degree. Thanks to this amazing Foundation I will continue to keep that promise of finishing off school strong and getting my bachelors degree .”

Scholarship recipient Gilberto Mendez

“To the donors who have given to the Foundation, I would like to say thank you. Also, I would ask donors to continue to contribute and encourage others to give. My life changed because of the Promise scholarship. I know there are more students out there in a similar situation that I was in that needed a helping hand to transform their lives.”