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December 2016

AGF News

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. 

Member News

T.W. Lewis Foundation commits $2 million to skin-cancer fight

The T.W. Lewis Foundation has committed $2 million to establish a leading center in the southwest for the diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma. With this donation, gifts from other donors will be matched dollar for dollar up to $3.5 million to benefit the Melanoma Center of Excellence at Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert. The facility provides cancer care to patients in Arizona through the collaboration of Banner Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Read more

Change is Inevitable, But Our Work Remains the Same: A message from Helios Education Foundation CEO Paul Luna

With a highly charged and divisive presidential election behind us, emotional shockwaves continue to ripple through our communities. No matter our party affiliations, it should concern us all that some of the ripple effects of the elections are leading to alarming activities in our neighborhoods. Even more troubling is that some of these activities are happening in our schools and impacting our students, creating fear and uncertainty for their future. Read more

Tucson Electric Power volunteers spread holiday cheer

Tucson Electric Power employee volunteers are spreading cheer during the holiday season, hanging lights on parade floats and trees, lighting candles at festive events and offering up gifts. The company is committed to volunteerism and philanthropy all year long, but many TEP employees make an extra effort from November until the end of the year. Read more

Anne Guerrant pens financial literacy book for young adults

Anne Guerrant, founder of the Guerrant Foundation, has written and published "How to Be Richer Than Your Parents," a teen-friendly guide to the basics of money management. Profits from book sales go toward charities supported by the Guerrant Foundation. Learn more

Arizona Community Foundation funds Spotlight on Arizona's Kids project

While child abuse often captures news headlines and research studies, the fact is most Arizona children are removed from their homes and sent to foster care because of neglect, not abuse. Neglect assessment and prevention policies are among the initial areas of research and analysis by Morrison Institute for Public Policy in working collaboratively with the Arizona Department of Child Safety on a three-year project. Arizona Community Foundation is underwriting this special project called Spotlight on Arizona's Kids. Read more

Community & Nonprofit Updates

AZ Snapshot: Veterans – An Arizona Asset

Civic and community health are two of the goals that Arizona citizens have identified as critical to the state’s future. A key asset is veterans. Their participation in volunteer work, civic organizations and charitable contributions all exceed statewide averages and often exceed national averages for veterans. Learn more

Blackbaud releases this year's most fascinating philanthropy stats 

Blackbaud, Inc., the world's leading cloud software company powering social good, announced that its comprehensive, trusted collection of  "50 Fascinating Philanthropy Stats" has been updated with trend data from the sector's latest reports. These statistics cover a wide scope of topics from donor characteristics, platform preferences and overall giving performance complete with context and analysis. Read more 

Upcoming Events

2017 State of the State Luncheon 
(Tucson Metro Chamber)
  Jan. 10 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Arizona Gives Day Webinar: Sign Up and Set Up 
(Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits)
  Jan. 11 | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
The American Dream in Crisis: A Conversation with Bob Putnam
(Arizona Community Foundation)
  Jan. 12 | 8 - 11:30 a.m.
Waste Management Phoenix Open   Jan. 30 - Feb. 5

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