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Bequest to Create an Unrestricted Fund

Bequest to Create an Unrestricted Fund

Passionate arts patron and generous philanthropist Dorothy Chafin was an active participant in the Prescott social and arts scene as far back as 1940, when she settled in the town her parents had adopted as their home while she was away at college. While her husband was stationed overseas in the military, Dorothy worked as a self-trained accountant for a small firm, and later opened her own accounting firm in an office just off the lobby of Prescott's historical Hassayampa Hotel.

Dorothy was instrumental in the founding of the George Phippen Memorial Foundation and contributed to the building of the Cultural Hall, the rear gallery of the museum. She served on the local school board and a variety of nonprofit boards, and was the first female president of the Prescott Chamber of Commerce in 1956.

Upon her passing in 2006, Dorothy left generous gifts to many nonprofit organizations, including a $250,000 gift for the common good left to the Yavapai County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Arizona Community Foundation.