Member Value Project in Action: Putting Learning into Practice

Dear AGF members,

On behalf of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum board of directors, thank you all for your active membership in AGF. As we hit the midway point of 2018, the last year of our current three-year strategic plan, I want to share some highlights of how we are applying what we learned from last year’s Member Value Project to take AGF to the next level.

  • To establish a formal AGF presence in Tucson, the informal networking group Southern Arizona Grantmakers earlier this month approved AGF’s proposal to assume the convener role of the group and operate as the AGF Southern Arizona Network starting this fall
  • Since September 2017, AGF president and CEO Laurie Liles has met with more than 30 AGF members to strengthen connections and gain deeper insights into how AGF can enhance our value to Arizona’s philanthropic community. Her goal is to meet with a leader from each member organization before the end of the year.
  • This spring, AGF convened a joint affinity group meeting of the Education and Health Funders to identify intersectional interests among health and human services and public schools
  • The AGF communications team worked with member communications professionals to create a new and improved digital marketing brochure and value proposition:

Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy.

We turn connections into partnerships, knowledge into practice and advocacy into positive change for Arizona communities.

More than a one-time initiative, the Member Value Project is now an integral part of AGF’s culture. As the board and team look ahead to our September strategic planning retreat, the MVP findings will inform our preparation of 2019 – 2021 goals to pursue our mission to empower members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy.

If you have any questions or comments about the Member Value Project or your membership in general, please feel free to contact me or a member of the AGF team.


Tanya Muñiz

Chief Financial Officer, Valley of the Sun United Way

Board Chair, Arizona Grantmakers Forum