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

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

When the nation's communities at large think about science, they don't always think of Arizona. The Arizona Science Desk, a two year collaboration among the Arizona NPR stations, sought to change that, by raising the statewide and national profile of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) news in Arizona. 

Alexis Knapp

KAWC is pleased to host author and Arizona Science Desk Reporter, Melissa Sevigny for our next Spirited Discussion!  Sevigny will read from her book, Mythical River, and discuss with attendees pertinent issues that it raises.  Mythical River explores the history of the Colorado River Basin, including the science and policies that are integral to the current state of water in the West.