The Yuba Community College District Foundation was founded as the Yuba College Foundation in 1972 and was granted tax-exempt status by both the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service during the 1972-73 academic year. In 2014 the Foundation was renamed the Yuba Community College District Foundation in recognition of the District becoming a multi-college district.

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. The bylaws of the Foundation specify there are to be 12 community members on the board, two representative of the District’s governing board,  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 $1.5 million dollars from which the Foundation’s
investments would be able to generate annual scholarship gifts based on both merit and need. By 1990, in addition to the Sawtell gift, there were 33 other endowed gifts to the foundation in support of programs, student services and scholarships at the various campuses throughout Yuba Community College District.

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.