William Carstens

CARSTENS FAMILY FUNDS was created by that wonderful & generous man, Bill Carstens. As a young man living in suburban Los Angeles, Bill was the recipient of a "campership", a small scholarship enabling him to attend a YMCA camp. There he was exposed to character-building & leadership training in a rustic and 'fun' setting. Bill often stated that this single experience had a broad and lasting impact. Bill never learned the identity of that generous donor but vowed that once he had financial success, he would follow that person's example of providing new and stimulating opportunities for children.



Contact Information:
Alan Carbine abcarbine@gmail.com
phone: 602 522 9333



Deborah Carstens

"Our focus is youth. We want the next generation of citizens to be healthy, safe, educated"
--Deb Carstens


Cheryl Carstens

Bill's daughter,
Cheryl Carstens-Miller





CARSTENS FAMILY FUNDS is now active in Arizona, southern California, and Colorado, the three locales where Bill lived and worked. The Arizona and San Diego Funds are managed by Bill's wife, Deborah. The Colorado Fund is managed by his eldest daughter, Cheryl. Areas of focus are youth and education.


In 2014 Carstens Family Funds provided grants to these organizations which excel in youth programs featuring scholarship, character-building, leadership and problem-solving skills.

  • American Field Service student exchange program

  • College Success Arizona

  • Arizona Foundation for Women: anti-child-sex-trafficking initiative

  • Arizona State University: Barrett Summer Scholars, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, The Liberty Project, Social Justice and Human Rights program, Veterans Education Fund

  • Be A Leader Foundation

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix

  • Children's Museum of Phoenix

  • Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus Pine Council, A Girls World is Different

  • Just For Kids: Mountains to Desert, San Miguel watershed programs

  • Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation

  • NPR & KJZZ Youth Radio, SPOT 127

  • Phoenix Library

  • Police Department initiatives: Angels on Patrol, The 100 Club, Shop With a Cop

  • Rodel Charitable Foundation: MACRO and Exemplary Principal programs

  • Social Venture Partners

  • STEP Student Expedition Program

  • Teach For America

  • Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club

  • TRUST: Training and Resources United to Stop Trafficking

  • Valley Leadership

  • YMCA of San Diego County

  • Youthpreneur Thrive Time Challenge

  • YWCA Fiscal Literacy Program


2015 Carstens Family Funds

Carstens Family Funds

10645 N Tatum Blvd,, Suite 200, Box 502

Phoenix , AZ , 85028

602 522 9333