Bryant tapped for state foun­da­tion board


Long­time Yuma busi­ness­man and phi­lan­thropist Danny Bryant, re­cently named as the Yuma Sun’s 2018 Yuma County Cit­i­zen of the Year, has been elected to the Ari­zona Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion board of di­rec­tors.

“I hope that means we can do (much) for the Yuma com­mu­nity through the Ari­zona Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. It al­ready does a lot, but hav­ing a voice from Yuma there can’t hurt,” he said.

He said he will be one of three mem­bers com­ing in from a ru­ral com­mu­nity, and he’s ex­cited for the chance to talk to the foun­da­tion to find out “how they get their com­mu­ni­ties no­ticed,” he said.

Bryant will be­come a vot­ing mem­ber of the 32-mem­ber board in April, which over­sees more than $900 mil­lion in as­sets, of which $113 mil­lion is or­ga­nized un­der lo­cal of­fices, in­clud­ing one in Yuma.

He said he was ap­proached by the foun­da­tion about a board va­cancy af­ter a hand­ful of Yu­mans in­volved with the Ari­zona Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion-Yuma sub­mit­ted his name for con­sid­er­a­tion, then asked him to con­sider tak­ing on the role.

He said the com­mit­tee he’s even­tu­ally as­signed to will de­ter­mine what sub­ject area he’ll be fo­cus­ing on at the board. But an­other part of his role will be to get even more con­nected to the Yuma area and its chal­lenges.

“For one, to make sure that I un­der­stand the needs and wants of the Yuma com­mu­nity, and if we don’t know if the com­mu­nity needs the grant, or if the com­mu­nity doesn’t know the ACF can pro­vide those grants, it’s hard. We just need some­one to com­mu­ni­cate that, or make sure the lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion are open,” he said.

Bryant founded Pace­set­ter Homes in 1981 and con­tin­ues to op­er­ate the busi­ness with his fam­ily. He is the board pres­i­dent for First Yuma Bank, is vicechair­man of the Yuma County Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion, and was a Yuma County su­per­vi­sor from 1989-93.

Lo­cal non­prof­its he’s been ac­tive with in­clude Cross­roads Mis­sion, the Cham­ber of Com­merce, Am­berly’s Place, Sad­dles of Joy, Help­ing Hands of Yuma and un­til re­cently the Boys and Girls Club and the Sal­va­tion Army. In the last three months he has been the most vo­cal of a group of donors op­pos­ing the Sal­va­tion Army’s dis­con­tin­u­a­tion of its lo­cal Boys and Girls Club af­fil­i­a­tion.

Bryant and his wife Susan were named Phi­lan­thropists of the Year in 2017 by the ACF of Yuma dur­ing the Heart of Yuma awards.

“Danny’s com­mu­nity aware­ness and phil­an­thropic knowl­edge, along with his com­pas­sion and en­gage­ment, make him a tremen­dous as­set for the Ari­zona Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion Board,” said Shel­ley Cohn, chair of the ACF Board of Di­rec­tors. “His unique pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence com­bined with his knowl­edge of and pas­sion for the Yuma com­mu­nity will make him a valu­able board mem­ber.”


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