Press Release: Community Foundation welcomes Carol Varney as New Program Officer


Community Foundation welcomes Carol Varney as New Program Officer


TUCSON, Ariz., (July 25, 2017) – The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is pleased to announce Carol Varney has joined the organization as Program Officer of Education and the Arts.  Carol will be responsible for grantmaking and strategy implementation for CFSA’s education and arts-related grantmaking and scholarship activities. In addition, Carol will be the focal point for coordinating CFSA’s collaborative work with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, a supporting organization of CFSA. She will assist the Arts Foundation in managing their re-granting program, development of grant application policies and procedures, and grant contract administration.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carol to the team. In her, we were delighted to find not only extensive philanthropic experience but also a deep understanding of program development and administration,” said Sandra Nathan, CFSA VP of Community Investment. “Carol comes at a pivotal time for CFSA, with the Arts Foundation recently joining us as a supporting organization, she will help us affirm our commitment to the arts and education in Southern Arizona. We are fortunate to have someone with her background and robust knowledge join our organization.”

Carol brings more than 20 years of experience in arts and education development, and over a decade supporting program work in the arts, education and workforce. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) in San Francisco. Carol provided leadership and vision to the organization, oversaw all program areas, fundraising and development activities at BAVC, and participated on BAVC award review panels, as well as award and grants panels nationally. Before her role as Executive Director, Carol served as BAVC’s Managing Director from 2010-2012 and as Director of Development from 2008-2011.

Carol worked for many years in advancement activities for cultural organizations such as Stanford Live, Maine College of Art and the Portland Museum of Art. She was also very involved in the HIV/AIDS activist movement, serving on the board of the Bay Area Chapter of the NAMES Project, as a development officer and on the board for the policy and education organization Project Inform, and as an institutional grants manager at the Hesperian Foundation.

Carol was a member of the 2014-2015 class of National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program: Arts and Community, serves as the elected alumni representative to the Board of Trustees of Hampshire College, and is on the Advisory Board of SPACE Gallery in Portland, Maine. She is a past Executive Committee Board member of SPACE Gallery, the Maine Jewish Film Festival, and Project Inform, and also served on the board of San Francisco Cinematheque and Camden International Film Festival. Carol holds a degree in Media and Cultural Studies from Hampshire College.