2018 Public Policy Agenda



We support public policies that contribute to a sound economy, promote economic well-being and quality of life for all residents, protect vulnerable populations and encourage civic engagement. And while Arizona’s philanthropic sector invests significant resources to improve our communities, our role is to supplement and not supplant state and local funding for education and human services. In that spirit, AGF encourages policymakers to engage philanthropic leaders and grantmakers as partners in addressing public policy issues.

The following policy principles guide our leadership in the public policy arena:

  • AGF favors public policies that promote philanthropy, encourage charitable giving and advance the nonprofit sector
  • AGF supports legislative and regulatory policies that enhance the ability of philanthropies to carry out their charitable activities
  • AGF supports reasonable and effective public accountability of the philanthropic sector


AGF’s public policy agenda was informed in part by ongoing discussions among member philanthropic organizations and the nonprofit organizations they fund, and reflects issues we anticipate state lawmakers will likely consider in 2018. Priorities are equally weighted.

Priority 1: Stewardship of Arizona’s Resources

AGF supports state and federal fiscal policies that provide levels of resources for education,health and human services and public infrastructure that are necessary for Arizona’s long-term economic growth and quality of life. 

Priority 2: Preserving and Strengthening Arizona’s Nonprofit & Philanthropic Community

Tax-Exempt Status – AGF supports the underlying exemption of nonprofit corporations from corporate income and property taxes at federal, state and local levels of government. AGF opposes the elimination of nonprofits’ tax-exempt status, as well as the imposition of fees on nonprofit corporations that have the effect of removing existing exemptions.

Charitable Giving – AGF supports tax incentives that encourage charitable giving. AGF supports Arizona’s charitable organization tax credit to encourage significant community support for nonprofits serving the state’s most vulnerable populations. AGF supports federal tax policy that preserves the federal charitable deduction and makes it available to all Americans. We oppose efforts to eliminate or limit such tax incentives that would reduce the level of contributed income for nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Indirect Costs – AGF supports state and local government agencies’ compliance with the federal Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance on reimbursement of nonprofit grantees’ indirect costs.

Priority 3: Protecting Children’s Safety and Well-Being

AGF supports state policies that will safely reduce the numbers of children in foster care, including investments in prevention and in-home services and other efforts to strengthen families.

Priority 4: Investing in Education

AGF supports adequate and equitable funding for early childhood and K-12 education to ensure that every Arizona child graduates from high school prepared for college and career. AGF supports investments in post-secondary education that ensure a well-prepared workforce to support Arizona’s long-term economic growth.

Priority 5: Preserving Health Care Coverage

AGF supports policies that preserve health care coverage, including for Arizona’s Medicaid expansion and KidsCare populations.

View AGF’s 2017 Public Policy Agenda here.

View AGF’s 2016 Public Policy Agenda here.