September 2016


We’re just five weeks away from Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust, Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s annual fundraising luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016! I hope you’ve marked your calendar for this year’s event at the stylish Hotel Palomar in downtown Phoenix, and are looking forward to a fantastic opportunity to connect and learn with colleagues from Arizona’s philanthropic and business communities. We depend on your support and that of our generous corporate partners as we fulfill our mission to empower members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy. Table, ticket and sponsorship sales are underway, so please make your selection today!

This year’s Transform Arizona luncheon will feature a VIP reception and dynamic keynote presentation by Paul Taylor, author of “The Next America: Boomers, Millennials and the Looming Generational Showdown.” Taylor served as executive vice president of the Pew Research Center and is a former political reporter at The Washington Post. He’ll explore the major demographic and generational shifts happening across America—and Arizona—and how philanthropy can respond.

Following Taylor’s presentation, emcee Joe Dana, anchor and investigative reporter of 12 News, will moderate a panel discussion that will include Arizona Center for Empowerment Executive Director Alejandra Gomez. Gomez is a rising star in Arizona and nationally for her work to engage and mobilize new Arizona voters, including Latinos.

ACE is among 14 partner organizations of the coalition One Arizona, a grassroots network that is rapidly becoming a model for large-scale civic engagement. Funded largely by the Four Freedoms Fund and Unbound Philanthropy, the group was featured Tuesday on NBC News and in a story out this week in The Atlantic.

Since its inception in 2010, One Arizona and its partner organizations have knocked on more than one million doors, made about 987,000 calls to voters and helped triple the number of Latinos on the state’s permanent early voter list. As a result, there are now more than 300,000 Latinos on the list, up from 90,000 in 2010. This week, organizers held voter-registration drives at Phoenix-area high schools. In this year alone, they have registered more than 100,000 Latinos and people of color.

How’s that for transformational leadership?

“We’ve taken folks that were low-propensity, unregistered voters in 2010 and turned them into high-efficacy voters in the Latino community,” Gomez told NBC News. “They’re engaged and they’re voting, not just in presidential elections, but in the local and midterm elections.”

It’s clear that the winds of change are blowing across our nation and our state, and you won’t want to miss hearing from these two powerful voices. So please register for Transform Arizona today!


President and Chief Executive Officer