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October 2016

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Arizona Grantmakers Forum holds annual luncheon this week

Arizona Grantmakers Forum will hold its annual fundraising luncheon, Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust, tomorrow, Nov. 1 at Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix. This event brings together members of Arizona’s philanthropic and business communities to hear a dynamic presentation by Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Next Generational Showdown.” Taylor will explore the major demographic and generational shifts happening across America—and in Arizona—and how philanthropy can respond. Following the presentation, Alejandra Gomez of the Arizona Center for Empowerment will join Taylor on stage for a panel discussion moderated by 12 News Anchor Joe Dana. Gomez will share how the grassroots organization One Arizona has registered and mobilized more than 150,000 new voters this year alone.

Special thanks goes to Northern Trust, The Burton Family Foundation, Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Ballard Spahr, Sechler CPA and Arizona Public Service for partnering with us for this event.

Arizona Gives Day named Best Way to Invest in Arizona

Phoenix Magazine listed Arizona Gives Day as the Best Way to Invest in Arizona in its Best of the Valley issue this month. Organized by the Alliance of Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona Gives Day offers local nonprofits a chance to showcase their organizations and inspire donors to invest in their efforts. During “Power Hour,” nonprofits can also win prizes for the most money raised. This year, 759 Arizona nonprofits raised $2.84 million. Next year, Arizona Gives Day is scheduled for April 4. 

Member News

Social Venture Partners Arizona adds social entrepreneur category for for-profit organizations in Fast Pitch program

In its seventh year of the annual Fast Pitch competition, Social Venture Partners Arizona is adding an inaugural for-profit category. Innovative entrepreneurs with social missions are invited to apply now through Nov. 6 to participate in a two-month social impact program that culminates in a live event where they can compete for funding alongside their nonprofit counterparts. Read more

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona names Robert Stephen Browning vice president of development and donor services 

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has announced Robert Stephen Browning has joined the organization as vice president of development and donor services. Browning will be responsible for managing fundraising and donor stewardship at CFSA while ensuring the highest standards of service are delivered to donors to help them connect to investments in the community. He will report to Clint Mabie, CFSA’s president and CEO. Read more

BHHS Legacy Foundation expands office space for nonprofits

BHHS Legacy Foundation now owns the building adjacent to its current property near downtown Phoenix, and is in the process of developing it as Legacy Place II nonprofit office building. The 6,000-square-foot building will be configured to allow for approximately four to six tenants and will follow the foundation’s Legacy Place I collaborative nonprofit center model, which will allow only nonprofits that meet the foundation’s mission to rent space. Its close proximity to Legacy Place I will make it convenient for the tenants at Legacy Place II to utilize the Legacy Place I Community Room meeting facilities. Legacy Place II space planning is currently underway and the renovation of the building will begin the first quarter of 2017. The anticipated opening of Legacy Place II is late August 2017.
Nonprofits in need of office space should contact CEO Jerry Wissink at or Business Operations Manager Karen Orth at  

Salt River Project volunteer shares why she supports local nonprofit

Every year, Salt River Project employees come together through the SRP Boosters program to pledge a part of their paychecks to help support selected nonprofits. As a young woman in her early 20s, Lora Hobaica remembers earning paychecks that mainly went into buying the fun stuff – clothes, movie tickets or gas to get around town. It was only when she began to mentor Aero and Sandra, two at-risk young girls at a Phoenix nonprofit New Pathways for Youth, that she began to really appreciate her comparatively privileged upbringing. Read more

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation awards $1.6 million in grants

Sprouts Farmers Market announced that the Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation will award $1.6 million to nonprofit organizations that support health- and wellness-related causes this fall. The foundation, which launched in 2015 and distributed $1.3 million to nonprofit organizations in its first year, focuses its giving in promoting health education and nutrition, food security and hunger relief and helping people living with disabilities and health concerns. Read more

Community & Nonprofit Updates

Education showdown: Four senate races that will shape Arizona

In a recent statewide poll, 74 percent of Arizonans said they support more investment in public education. The 90 people who serve in the Arizona Legislature make those decisions. Those elected on Nov. 8 will be the ones who determine whether Arizona’s public schools will have the resources needed to ensure a quality teacher in every classroom, updated textbooks and technology and well-maintained school buildings.

Children’s Action Alliance and 12 other organizations have sponsored Education Showdown: Four Senate Races That Will Shape Arizona. Senate candidates in legislative districts 6, 8, 18 and 28 shared their views in discussions recorded Oct. 12 at the Cox Communications studios in Phoenix. Watch here

Application assistance available for KidsCare health coverage 

Arizona's Children's Health Insurance Program, KidsCare, is still accepting applications for coverage. 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

Upcoming Events

Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust 
(Arizona Grantmakers Forum)
  Nov. 1 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
(Social Venture Partners Arizona)
  Nov. 2 | 6 - 8 p.m.
Business on Board - Nonprofit Board Training for Business Professionals
(Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits)
  Nov. 4 | 8 a.m. - noon
State of the Sector
(Young Nonprofit Professionals Network)
  Nov. 15 | 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Arizona's Health Care Workforce Solutions Workshop
(Vitalyst Health Foundation)
  Nov. 18 | 8 a.m. - noon

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