2017 Arizona Philanthropy Day at the Capitol

A dozen Arizona Grantmakers Forum members joined 11 legislators for breakfast and a wide-ranging roundtable discussion Monday during the second annual Arizona Philanthropy Day at the Capitol.

Lawmakers expressed appreciation for the opportunity to connect with philanthropic leaders and explore shared policy priorities.

“This was the best meeting I’ve attended so far,” said freshman Rep. Ray Martinez, D-Phoenix.

AGF members discussed the public-policy related initiatives they fund and emphasized the value of public-private partnerships. And they took the opportunity to underscore AGF’s message that philanthropies play a critical role as innovators and catalysts, but should not be expected to backfill government funding cuts.

Education was a hot topic, with Rep. Becky Nutt, R-Clifton, touting STEM education as a key economic driver in rural communities. Sen. Katie Hobbs, D-Phoenix, predicted senators will have the votes to kill controversial bills to repeal desegregation funding and expand Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

Several lawmakers listed nonprofit boards on which they serve, noting the value of the social sector. Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, struck a common chord with AGF members when he urged philanthropy to encourage more nonprofits to consolidate and avoid mission duplication.

First-Ever AGF Speed Networking Event

On May 14, 2015 AGF members gathered for a “speed dating” style networking event. Members had an opportunity to interact one-on-one with everyone in the room in a fun, structured and fast-paced format. This event was such a hit that participants requested that we do this event on a regular basis.

Here’s what people are saying about AGF Speed Networking:

“It was wonderful, I would definitely do it again”
“Enjoyed learning about others on personal level. Got some info about organizations I was only moderately familiar with.”
“Great opportunity to meet the other AGF members”
“These are great. Please continue”

Stay tuned for our next AGF Speed Networking Event!

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AGF Summer Social!

summer socialAGF Members enjoyed food, drinks and each others’ company at The Gladly on August 18.

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LinkedIn_IN_Icon_25pxLinkedIn Discussion:

Is Volunteering > Giving Money? What is your opinion?

See what a few of our members had to say about this topic: View Discussion


An Open Conversation Between Funders and Nonprofits: Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions Around Evaluation

AGF goes to Flagstaff to talk Evaluation



Couldn’t make it to last week’s Evaluation program? Click here to get a re-cap of the discussion, main takeaways, and relevant resources!





Data Visualization is More Important Than You Think

If we (AGF staff and members) learned anything by attending the AZENet keynote presentation, A Data Viz Vision, it’s that the visual appearance of your data is sometimes more important than the data itself. ?? What I mean by “more important” is if your data is not visually appealing or easy to read, often times readers will simply move on to the next thing.

Stephanie Evergeen shared data “viz” tactics that anyone and everyone should implement in their work. The main takeaway? Simplify and then emphasize. Remove clutter and unnecessary text from your graphs, highlight the data that gets your point across and present your data in pieces – not all at once.

If you have data and you are presenting it in any way, visit Stephanie’s website for data visualization tips: stephanieevergreen.com

Report well!


5 Things We Learned from Our Dining Etiquette Program

Couldn’t make it to our professional development dining etiquette program on May 7th? Here are 5 lessons our guests learned:

  1. Etiquette and respect go hand-in-hand: always be respectful of others’ time – it is one of the most valuable things we have and can give, so be sure to RSVP and notify the event planner if you are unable to attend.
  2. When dining: use utensils from the outside in and cross your knife and fork when finished.
  3. Eating etiquette: don’t slurp! And consider breaking your bread slice into smaller pieces and then buttering, instead of biting into a big, buttery slice.
  4. Fun facts: herbal tea is not actually tea. Also, The word “bread” is similar in many languages (Italian: pane; French: pain; Spanish: pan) and actually stems from the word “companion”. Sharing bread with a friend :)
  5. Final takeaway: we all need to share this knowledge with younger generations, and our own!

This program was very highly rated – 4.85/5! See what a few of our members had to say:

“This was a great opportunity to learn and get to know each other over a great meal.”

“I loved it! I thought it was very interesting.”

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Steering Clear of Trouble – What Every Grantmaker Needs to Know About Conflicts of Interest, Digital Documentation and Liability


AGF Funder Blog

We asked; funders shared! See their answers to these questions:

What is the most important thing you think nonprofits need to know about funders?

What is one bit of advice you’d offer nonprofits that would enhance their likelihood of receiving a grant from your organization?

What is the most memorable/inspiring interaction you’ve ever had with a grantee?  


Re-cap and Resources from March 19th Corporate Funders Roundtable


Please e-mail AGF member services and communications associate, Nate McWhortor, with any entries, responses or comments: nmcwhortor@azgrantmakers.org