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August 2016

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Your vote is your voice: Polls open for Arizona primaries

Arizona Grantmakers Forum strongly encourages civic participation, and we urge all members to exercise your right to vote in today's primaries. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, AGF does not endorse candidates for elective office. Our role is to provide members with resources that inform your decisions. In that spirit, we’re pleased to provide the following information about the candidates, how and where to vote and more.
Consistent with our 2016 Public Policy Agenda, AGF supported four bills during this year’s legislative session. To learn how incumbent lawmakers running for Arizona House of Representatives and Senate seats voted on these key measures, click here.

AGF releases annual report, 2015 Year in Review

Arizona Grantmakers Forum recently released our annual report, 2015 Year in Review. The report highlights major milestones including a smooth leadership transition and a bold new strategic direction for AGF. It also features snapshots of some of our high-quality educational programs and notable collaborations among AGF members.
We present the report as an interactive PDF with play buttons and links to videos, photos and additional resources that tell the AGF story.
We're grateful to our dedicated members and generous partners who support AGF’s mission to empower our members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy. Together, we are lifting philanthropy’s voice as a force for positive change. View the report.

Member News

Arizona Community Foundation awards three-year grant to Arizona Republic to cover child welfare system

Earlier this week, Nicole Carroll, top editor of the Arizona Republic and, announced in an article that the Arizona Arizona Community Foundation has given the news organization a three-year grant to support in-depth investigative reporting about child welfare in Arizona. Read the article here.

Virginia G. Piper CharitableTrust's Piper Fellows deadline near 

The deadline to apply for the Piper Fellows program is Sept. 1. The program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and offers opportunities for nonprofits leaders to reach, retool and revitalize. A Piper Fellowship offers the potential for a $90,000 Piper Trust commitment to a Fellow’s organization. Read more

2017 Flinn Foundation scholarship applications now available

Next spring, 20 of the most outstanding high-school seniors in Arizona will be selected as the 32nd class of Flinn Scholars. Those interested in applying must submit their application by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23, 2016. Read more

Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona funds mobile health clinic

The underinsured and those without health coverage in the Benson area will soon have access to convenient, affordable medical clinical services when Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. launches its newly acquired mobile health clinic this fall. Funded through a $165,000 grant from the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, the new mobile clinic was purchased from Adelante Healthcare. Read more

Barbara Ryan Thompson of Helios Education Foundation honored as Most Admired Leader

The Phoenix Business Journal recently honored Barbara Ryan Thompson, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Helios Education Foundation as one of our community's most admired business and community leaders. The Most Admired Leader award celebrates executives who demonstrate leadership, values, vision and innovation throughout the Valley’s business community. Thompson is one of 26 individuals who was selected by a panel of judges from more than 200 nominations. Read more

Community & Nonprofit Updates

Phoenix Stories Poll 2016: Voting ends this week

Phoenix Business Journal’s Phoenix Stories poll ends Aug. 31. This series allows local nonprofits the opportunity to tell their stories and show readers how they deliver on their mission. Finalists are eligible to receive one of three grants. The first place nonprofit winner will receive $10,000 AND two runners-up will each receive $5,000. Vote here

KidsCare health coverage begins Sept. 1

Arizona's Children's Health Insurance Program, KidsCare, is still accepting applications for coverage starting Sept. 1. Low-income families can find full eligibility information hereCover Arizona is available to answer questions through its Cover Arizona Answer Line, 1-800-377-3536. Families can schedule a free enrollment assistance appointment here

Building a new kind of philanthropic network

Dave Biemesderfer, chief executive officer of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, explains in a recent blog post for the Center for Effective Philanthropy how philanthropy's infrastructure is evolving, starting with his own organization. Read more

Upcoming Events

Connecting the Dots: Maximizing Your Professional Connections 
(Young Nonprofit Professionals Network)
  Sept. 6 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Fast Pitch Inform
(SVP Arizona)
  Sept. 8 | 8 - 9:30 p.m.
  Sept. 15 | 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Impact Arizona Series presents Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
(Center for the Study of Race and Democracy)
Sept. 9 - 10
Unite: A Day of Action
(Valley of the Sun United Way)
  Sept. 10
Arizona Living Economy Forum
(Local First Arizona)
  Sept. 11 | 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Defining Roles and Responsibilities
(Fennemore Craig and Northern Trust)
  Sept. 22
2016 Arizona Nonprofit Expo   Sept. 24 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Unite for a Stronger Nonprofit Sector - Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 2016 Annual Conference and Member Meeting   Sept. 29 | 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Corporate Philanthropy Awards (Phoenix Business Journal)   Oct. 13 | 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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