Cameron Colvin, former NFL athlete, real estate investor and philanthropist, has pledged $200 million to Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona Foundation to help individuals achieve lifelong prosperity. In September, he presented the first installment of $10 million to Goodwill and will continue donating $10 million a year for the next 20 years. The funds will be used to create new adult education programs and future projects to help individuals living in poverty.
“Currently, more than 721,000 Arizonans do not have a high school diploma,” said Colvin. “The best way to help these individuals move out of poverty is by allowing them to achieve their educational needs and move on to a successful career path. Goodwill’s services are critical to anyone who is looking to achieve family-sustaining employment. They are committed to helping these individuals build a better future and find a sustainable job – and for many, that starts with a high school diploma. Generational wealth starts with creating more contributing members of society, and by wealth, we are referring to knowledge, health and self-actualization.”
With the support of Colvin’s donation, Goodwill plans to help create new adult education programs that would give individuals 18 years of age and older an option to earn a high school diploma, begin working towards post-secondary education, and complete job-specific training/certifications to advance their career paths. High school diploma holders can make an average of $17,000 more per year than individuals with a high school certificate. The estimated economic impact of these resources could reach over $20 billion over the next 20 years.
“Through his own work with youth, Cameron recognizes the magnitude Goodwill’s training and education resources can have on someone’s potential for sustainable employment,” said Julie Dunnigan, executive director of the Goodwill Foundation. “We share similar visions for wanting to break the cycle of poverty. Cameron was drawn to our mission because he knows education and training can have a multi-generational effect on families. An adult who completes high school is less likely to have a child drop out of high school. The impact is immeasurable, and we hope by working together we can end poverty in Arizona.”
The Foundation supports Goodwill’s mission services, and future plans include investing in programs and facilities that merge education, training and humanitarian resources. QCBN
About Goodwill of Central & Northern Arizona
Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to ending poverty through the power of work. GCNA takes a holistic approach to employment by providing job seekers the tools to feel confident, purpose-driven, and successful. Donating or shopping at Goodwill supports no-cost career services, which are available to anyone looking for a new job, education or training. In addition to placing thousands of Arizonans into local jobs, Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona diverts millions of pounds of material from Arizona landfills each year. To learn more about its mission and services, visit goodwillaz.org and to learn more about Goodwill’s Foundation, visit: goodwillaz.org/foundation/.
About CamCo Commercial Inc.
CamCo Commercial Inc. is a global commercial investment and development company with a focus on innovative real estate development, venture capital and philanthropy. CamCo has developed a fund to deploy well over a billion dollars into the state of Arizona, which includes working with local investors, developers and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable business models in numerous sectors for years to come. Current Valley projects include multibillion-dollar real estate development Akimel 7 at Loops 101 and 202.
CamCo Commercial Inc. is owned by Chairman Cameron J Colvin, who additionally chairs Rise Above Enterprise Development INF LLC, a creative solutions company that has taken on projects for the late Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee and more. Colvin is also the author of “Never Stop: 12 Principles of Success” a book series and has been featured in numerous global media outlets from Forbes, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, New York Post and more. Colvin played for the Northern California powerhouse De La Salle Spartans, Oregon Ducks, and San Francisco 49ers. His early life story was portrayed by Ser’Darius William Blain in the 2014 Sony film When the Game Stands Tall. Recently, Colvin can be seen as an active investor on the hit show Entrepreneur Elevator Pitch by Sprint Business. For more information, visit: camcoholdings.com. For more information, please contact: Joe Girouard, Rise Above Enterprises PR at PR@riseaboveep.com. QCBN