CEP executive touts foundation transparency at AGF annual meeting
More than 50 Arizona Grantmakers Forum members and guests gathered on Dec. 15 to hear from Phil Buchanan, president of The Center for Effective Philanthropy, who drew on findings from CEP’s recent research report, “Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency.” Foundation leaders and staff gained a better understanding of the link between transparency and funder effectiveness. Buchanan's presentation also included an interactive component that helped philanthropic leaders reflect on what information to communicate and how to do so most effectively.
At the meeting, AGF Board Chair Sandi Perez introduced newly elected members of the AGF board of directors. John Amoroso of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation, Brad Halvorsen of the Flinn Foundation and Michael Mendel of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust were elected by AGF members to the board of directors and will begin serving in 2017.
Perez also announced the board's election of new officers. Cheryl Ruggiero of Thunderbirds Charities will serve as chair, Mary Thomson of BHHS Legacy Foundation will serve as vice chair and Tanya Muñiz of Valley of the Sun United Way will serve as treasurer.
President and Chief Executive Officer Laurie Liles unveiled AGF's 2017 Public Policy Agenda and the Member Value Project. Details about this new intiative to evaluate and enhance AGF benefits and services will be available in early 2017.
Special thanks goes to Republic Media for sponsoring this year's annual meeting. We also thank our 2016 leadership circle members, sustaining members and affinity group sponsors for their support.
- Leadership Circle – Arizona Community Foundation, Flinn Foundation, Helios Education Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
- Sustaining Members – BHHS Legacy Foundation, Vitalyst Health Foundation
- Affinity Group Sponsors – Carstens Family Funds, Helios Education Foundation, Hickey Family Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
2016 AGF Highlights
As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2017, we want to take a moment and reflect on our achievements in 2016. We are pleased to share these highlights from the past year.
- Measurably Improved Program Quality – In 2016, AGF sponsored 24 educational programs and affinity group sessions, achieving the highest overall member satisfaction rating—4.73 out of 5.0—in our history.
- Sponsored the First Arizona Philanthropy Day at the Capitol – On March 9, we convened AGF members and state legislators for an in-depth conversation about issues of mutual concern and how philanthropy can partner with policymakers.
- Supported Successful Public Policy Changes – AGF joined the Cover Kids Coalition to back the reinstatement of Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as KidsCare. AGF also supported legislation that established a statewide FosterEd program to improve outcomes for foster care students and a bill that expanded the Charitable Organization Tax Credit to encourage more Arizonans to support the great work nonprofits are doing in communities across our state.
- Co-organized Fourth Arizona Gives Day – In partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, AGF supported another record-breaking 24-hour online giving event on April 5. More than 16,400 unique donors donated over $2.8 million to 759 nonprofits statewide. AGF is again partnering with the Alliance to plan the next Arizona Gives Day, slated for April 7, 2017.
- Hosted Inaugural Transform Arizona Fundraiser – On Nov. 1, AGF launched a new tradition with our successful and first-ever Transform Arizona Luncheon presented by Northern Trust featuring Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.” This signature event brought together nearly 100 AGF members and guests and generated more than $15,000 in revenue to support our programs and services.
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