Alice Ferris, MBA, CFRE, ACFRE

Development Director

Alice Ferris has served as KAWC's Development Director since January 2006. She has more than twenty-five years of professional fundraising experience, not including her start as the "human bubble machine" during Lawrence Welk pledge breaks at Wisconsin Public Television in Madison, Wisconsin.

Alice is a three-time honoree as Association of Fundraising Professionals-Northern Arizona Fundraising Professional of the Year and has served on a multitude of nonprofit boards, presently serving on the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) Credentialing Board, the CFRE International Board and the Bolz Center for Arts Administration Advisory Board at the Wisconsin School of Business. She was the 90th person in the world to achieve the Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) credential. In addition to her work with KAWC, she is frequently spotted on PBS stations throughout the country and on Arizona PBS (Phoenix) and Arizona Public Media (Tucson) during pledge drives. She has been national pledge talent for Ken Burns: America's Storyteller, Downton Abbey, Suze Orman's Financial Solutions for You, and The Civil War

At KAWC, Alice manages philanthropic giving, pledge drives, grants, special events, strategic planning, and directs the development program. She is also the KAWC webmaster, because she learned to program in BASIC on an Apple IIc in 5th grade and has been a bit of a geek ever since. 

Ways to Connect

Jim Anderson

Join KAWC and StoryCorps as we celebrate the conclusion of the StoryCorps Mobile Booth Stop in Yuma!

WHEN: Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 pm

WHERE: Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S Main St, Yuma, AZ 85364

WHAT: StoryCorps Listening Event and Wrap Up Celebration

5:30-6 pm Reception, with appetizers donated by River City Grill and cash bar, on Terrace outside the Historic Yuma Theatre

6-6:30 pm Join the Conversation

U.S. Geological Survey

KAWC's Spirited Discussion series welcomes Kevin Schindler, an award-winning educator and writer who has worked for more than 20 years at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, presenting "Arizona Goes to the Moon."

The first issue of Arizona Highways magazine was published in April, 1925. In this presentation, former publisher Win Holden will share the fascinating story of how a brochure produced by the Arizona Highway Department evolved into one of the most respected and revered publications in the world. With annual economic impact of over $65 million, Arizona Highways reaches all 50 states and over 100 countries around the world. But the journey has been anything but uneventful.

It has been a tough time for media outlets over the last few years, as charges of media bias and “fake news” have taken a toll on the public’s trust in reporting.  

Mandalit del Barco
Mark Finkenstaedt

KAWC is pleased to host Mandalit del Barco, Correspondent, National Desk, NPR West, for our next Spirited Discussion!  Del Barco will provide a commentary on the evolution of her reporting in arts, culture and other topics with NPR.

When: Thursday, November 2, 2017

Time: 5:30-7:30 pm; program to begin at 6 pm

Where: River City Grill

600 W 3rd St, Yuma, AZ 85364

Cost: FREE