The Founding:  The 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 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:

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.