Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona has announced a $200 million pledge from real estate investor Cameron Colvin in support of efforts aimed at moving individuals out of poverty and onto a successful career path.
To that end, Colvin has committed $10 million a year over the next twenty years to fund a range of activities, including new adult education programs that will give individuals 18 and older the option to earn a high school diploma, begin work toward their postsecondary education, and complete job-specific training and/or certifications.
Colvin, who played football for the De La Salle High School Spartans, the University of Oregon Ducks, and the San Francisco 49ers, is owner and board chair of CamCo Commercial, Inc., a commercial investment and development company.
"Currently, more than seven hundred and twenty-one thousand 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."