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April 2014
AGF News

AGF Board approves new three-year Strategic Plan

On Feb.13, 2014, the AGF board approved a new three-year strategic plan. The plan identifies four primary goals: ensure that AGF continues to offer members high quality programs and services, strengthen AGF’s financial position, educate members about the importance of engaging in public policy and strengthen working relationships between funders and nonprofits. To see a copy of the new strategic plan, click here. 

View the AGF Blog         

See our most recent posts. In the AGF Funder Blog, funders answers the following questions:Blog

  • What is the most important thing you think nonprofits need to know about funders?
  • What is one bit of advice you’d offer nonprofits that would enhance their likelihood of receiving a grant from your organization?
  • What is the most memorable/inspiring interaction you’ve ever had with a grantee?   

 The blog also has a Re-Cap and Resources from the March 19th Corporate Funders Roundtable and the April 3rd program, Steering Clear of Trouble: What Every Grantmakers Should Know About Conflicts of Interest, Digital Documentation and Liability.

Arizona Gives Day raised over $1.4 million!
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For the second year, AGF partnered with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits to present Arizona Gives Day. This year, over $1.4 million was raised to support over 960 participating nonprofits. Thanks to FirstBank, all the sponsors and all the donors for supporting this impactful event!
To see the total and prize winners, visit azgives.org
. To learn more about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and to get involved, visit arizonanonprofits.org.
Member News

Flinn Foundation report charts latest progress for Arizona bioscience sector 

Arizona’s bioscience industry now has 106,846 jobs generating an average wage of $62,775, which is 39 percent higher than the private-sector average, according to the Flinn Foundation’s bioscience roadmap released today. 

St. Luke's Health Initiatives launches redesigned website

Visit slhi.org to view their new website.

ACF welcomes back Kimberly C. Kur, J.D., in a new capacity as Sr. Director of Philanthropic Services

Kimberly joins the Philanthropic Services team in building relationships with donors and professional advisors to advance philanthropy and charitable giving across Arizona and the many communities we serve.

Kimberly will also lead the implementation of a recently approved plan to enhance our statewide Affiliate network for greater long-term viability and sustainability. Read the full article.

Apply for the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy 

The application process for the 2014 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is open. Given your work throughout the state, I wanted to ask you particularly to help us spread the word about the application process. See more information here.

Arizona enrollment via health insurance marketplace jumps in February 

The Cover Arizona Coalition found that national enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace climbed to 4.2 million people in February; Arizona enrollment has reached 57,611. “Providing access to affordable health care will go a long way toward improving the overall health of our state,” said Kim Van Pelt of St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, a coordinating partner of the Cover Arizona Coalition. Read the full article.

Community & Nonprofit Updates

Quickbooks Made Easy - training with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Gregg S Bossen, CPA of QuickBooks Made Easy is offering his New 2 part QuickBooks® training seminar for Nonprofits. The training will be held at the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, 400 E. Monroe, on May 7 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Full Day Ticket Price: $159 (Save $20 when you register by April 18!) Click here for more details and to register.

AmeriCorps*VISTA for Nonprofits free webinar

Public, private, and faith-based nonprofit organizations—as well as local, state and federal organizations—can benefit greatly from linking up with AmeriCorps*VISTA. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is committed to serving nonprofits who need it most. If you serve rural or tribal communities, you are especially encouraged to attend this presentation on May 8 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Register here.

ACF presents Estate Planning for LGBTQ Individuals and Couples 

In the legal environment following the Supreme Court's DOMA ruling, estate planning has become more important and more complex for same-sex couples. Join us for an educational session with attorney Kathie J. Gummere, who focuses on estate planning, particularly for gays and lesbians and unmarried couples. 
May 2, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Click here to register.

Community volunteer opportunities

FTF volunteersFirst Things First partners with parents and communities to give more Arizona children the tools they need to start school healthy and ready to succeed! Decisions about which early education, health and family support programs to fund are made by local regional councils comprised of community volunteers. There are currently more than 150 seats open on First Things First regional councils statewide. Serving as a regional council member is a unique, high-level opportunity that exists for individuals to make a positive impact on children and families in our community. Click here for more details.

Valley of the Sun United Way hosts a variety of volunteer opportunities to improve your communities while enjoying a valuable and rewarding experience through the hands-on opportunity to assist our community members. Click here for the Volunteer Calendar.

SVP's Fast Pitch results!

Social Venture Partners 4th Annual Fast Pitch was a rousing success! Eight nonprofits pitched to a crowd of almost 400 with $37,000 won in prize money. Inspired funders in the audience gave an additional $30,000+ to the nonprofits of their choice.
The biggest news of the night being the announcement of Spot 127 as SVPAZ’s newest investee!
If you have any questions about Fast Pitch or would like to learn about Social Venture Partners Arizona, please contact Sentari Minor at sminor@svpaz.org

Upcoming Community Events/Webinars

April 15 - May 20
April 17 | 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 
Estate Planning for LGBTQ Individuals and Couples May 2 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
May 7 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
May 8 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

 Questions? E-mail support@azgrantmakers.org

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