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Recent News

Arizona Gives Day Raises $2.74 Million for Nonprofits Statewide
April 26, 2017

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Arizona Gives Day, the grassroots, statewide day of giving that invites Arizonans to support their favorite causes, raised $2.74 million for nonprofits on April 4, 2017. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has now helped raise more than $10.14 million for Arizona nonprofits  Read More »

Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust is Tuesday, Nov. 1
September 15, 2016

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On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Arizona Grantmakers Forum is holding its annual fundraising luncheon, Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust, bringing 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,” moderated by 12 News Anchor Joe Dana.  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s 2015 Annual Report Now Available
August 24, 2016

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We are pleased to share with you Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s annual report, 2015 Year in Review. The report highlights major milestones including a smooth leadership transition and a bold new strategic direction for AGF. You’ll also find snapshots of some of our high-quality educational programs and notable collaborations among AGF members. We present the report as an interactive  Read More »

Your Vote is Your Voice: Make Your Voice Heard by Voting in the Aug. 30 Primary Elections
August 10, 2016

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Early voting in the Aug. 30 Arizona primary elections is underway. Because the vast majority of our state legislative districts are heavily dominated by one political party or another, most legislative races will be determined by the outcome of the primary, rather than the general, elections. Arizona Grantmakers Forum strongly encourages civic participation, and we  Read More »

Celebrate the 96th anniversary of voting rights for women
August 3, 2016

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A coalition of Arizona organizations, including a few AGF members, are presenting this non-partisan event on August 26 to celebrate and honor individuals who have dedicated more than 72 years to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Speakers and special guests will discuss how women can make an impact and the  Read More »

Alliance 2016 Conference and Member Meeting – Save with early bird pricing
July 28, 2016

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The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 2016 Annual Conference and Member Meeting offers a full day of professional development and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals from across Arizona. Attendees will enjoy presentations by keynote speakers, breakout sessions, sponsor booths and lunch. Featured presenters include: Tim Delaney, President & Chief Executive Officer National Council of Nonprofits Elisa  Read More »

Philanthropy responding to West Virginia’s flood recovery
June 29, 2016

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In West Virginia, the immediate recovery to the horrific flooding is ongoing.  Philanthropy WV is working with numerous groups to connect to credible and statewide giving and volunteering opportunities for recovery efforts.  While needs are still be identified for long-term recovery, Philanthropy WV is hosting a webinar with local, state and national philanthropy and corporate  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum Stands with Orlando
June 17, 2016

The Arizona Grantmakers Forum team is deeply saddened by the horrific events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. Our hearts are with the victims, survivors and their families. We also extend our support to our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network as they support the  Read More »

AGF CEO to speak at KidsCare Press Conference
April 7, 2016

Join the Cover Kids Coalition, a broad alliance of parents, pediatricians, nurses, businesses, school board members and faith and women’s groups across the state, to call on lawmakers to lift the enrollment freeze on KidsCare in the state budget plan. Bring your family, friends and colleagues to show your support for Arizona’s children. Speakers include: Representative Regina  Read More »

AGF Embraces 2016, Launches New Strategic Direction
January 6, 2016

Dear Friends, Each new year dawns with opportunities for resolutions and bold changes, and 2016 is no exception for Arizona Grantmakers Forum as we embrace our new vision, values, mission and strategic goals for the next three years. AGF unveiled our 2016-2018 strategic direction to members who joined us for our 2015 Annual Meeting on  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day: April 5, 2016
October 14, 2015

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Mark your calendar! Arizona Grantmakers Forum is excited to partner with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits for next year’s Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The 2015 event raised over $2,000,000 for Arizona nonprofits and we think that we can all work together to beat that next year.

Charitable Giving Jumped 7.1 Percent in 2014 ‘Giving USA’ Finds
June 24, 2015

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via Philanthropy News Digest Gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations reached an estimated $358.38 billion in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the Great Recession, the sixtieth anniversary edition of Giving USA reports. Produced by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the report found that giving increased 7.1  Read More »

AGF Hires New CEO Laurie Liles
May 26, 2015

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arizona Grantmakers Forum Names Laurie Liles as Chief Executive Officer Former Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Executive to Lead AGF’s Focus on Building Strong Statewide Presence and Expanding Arizona Philanthropic Sector’s Capacity Phoenix, Ariz. (May 26, 2015) – The Arizona Grantmakers Forum Board of Directors today announced that Laurie Liles will become  Read More »

Study Summary: Giving Holds Up at Smaller Foundations Despite Slowed Asset Growth
May 21, 2015

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By Eden Stiffman Summary: The report examined the 2014 grant making and investment activities of 769 small and midsize foundations, all Foundation Source clients, compared with last year. All foundations included in the report have assets of less than $50 million. The study showed that small and midsize foundations consistently distribute more than the minimum-required  Read More »

Giving Is Expected to Rise Nearly 5% This Year and Next, Study Predicts
February 25, 2015

Philanthropic giving is expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, and 4.9 percent in 2016, exceeding the average rate of growth in gifts since the recession, according to a forecast released Tuesday. Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations are all expected to increase, according to the Philanthropy Outlook, a set of projections made by  Read More »

Learn Foundation Law
February 18, 2015

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Learn Foundation Law is a free first-of-its-kind resource for private foundations (and others who are interested), to host e-trainings and tools related to the basic legal rules for private foundations. Most e-learnings developed by the Foundations take less than one hour to complete and feature a program officer named Maya who leads participants through each  Read More »

A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy
February 17, 2015

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Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as deeply and specifically as possible whom their investments are serving and how. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern  Read More »

How America Gives to Charity
December 22, 2014

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Americans continue to open up their wallets to those less fortunate and to causes they want to advance. Charitable giving from individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests totaled $335.17 billion in 2013, the latest data available, up 4.4% from 2012, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Total giving  Read More »

U.S. Foundations Gave $54.7 Billion in 2013, Report Finds
November 18, 2014

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Giving by U.S. Foundations grew to a record $52 billion in 2012 and is projected to reach $54.7 billion for 2013, a report from Foundation Center finds. According to the 2014 edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations (8 pages, PDF), the nation’s 86,192 private and community foundations held $715 billion in total assets in  Read More »

Doing well at doing good: Why there’s more to giving than checkbook philanthropy
October 22, 2014

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Survey findings Virtually everyone gives—but few believe their giving is effective Women and men approach giving differently Millennials are redefining philanthropy Thoughtful planning drives confidence in giving Most investors happily embrace—and act on—the impulse to give back. But a survey of high net worth investors reveals a common thread of uncertainty about the effectiveness of  Read More »

How America Gives
October 9, 2014

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As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper Using the IRS data, The Chronicle was able to track gifts to charity at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and ZIP code levels. The data were for gifts to charity among taxpayers who itemize deductions on their tax forms. It captured $180-billion that  Read More »

Gifts to Yarnell Hill Fire Funds Total $1.2 Million
July 1, 2014

More than $1.2 million has been contributed to the Arizona Community Foundation’s Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund and Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment by individuals, donor funds of ACF and its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation, private foundations, and businesses. To date, gifts to the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund total about $750,000. Major contributors include the Nina  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum 2013 Annual Report
June 17, 2014

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View our Annual Report – outlining 2013 program highlights, partnerships, financials and our Board of Directors. Visit the Organization Info/Annual Reports page to view the report.

Giving USA 2014 Report Highlights

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Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. For 59 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the most comprehensive  Read More »

Have Foundations Recovered From the Great Recession?
June 10, 2014

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The answer seems straightforward. According to a preview of the forthcoming edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, estimated foundation giving reached nearly $55 billion last year, a record. That was close to $8 billion more than in 2008 — the peak year for foundation giving before the economic downturn. Even after adjusting for inflation,  Read More »

ACF Establishes Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund
May 23, 2014

The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Sedona Community Foundation and Flagstaff Community Foundation, has established the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund, and has seeded the fund with $10,000. In alignment with ACF’s focus on sustainable solutions, the Fund will address post-fire recovery, repair and community rebuilding efforts. These needs may include environmental  Read More »

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Launch Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge
May 14, 2014

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This week, at the American Red Cross national headquarters, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill, Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, senior government officials, military leaders, and foundation executives from across the country to announce the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. The pledge – initiated by  Read More »

Register to vote with this quick tool
May 9, 2014

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In order for you to cast your vote come election time, you need to be registered to vote. This quick form will allow you to complete the necessary information in order to generate a voter registration form which you will then print out and sign. Nonprofit VOTE’s voter registration tool makes registering to vote fast  Read More »

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Announces New President and CEO
April 14, 2014

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Announces Dr. Susan M. Pepin as New President and CEO The Board of Trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust announced today that Dr. Susan M. Pepin, nationally recognized medical educator, clinician, and researcher, will become the next president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, effective July 28, 2014. Dr. Pepin currently serves as Associate  Read More »

The Next Generation of American Giving
April 10, 2014

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All generations are not created equal. Are you optimizing your outreach and fundraising to connect with each group? One thing that remains constant: fundraising is about people connecting with people. The growth of your mission is a direct result of the investment in your cause. Click here to view The Next Generation of American Giving YouTube  Read More »

Flinn Foundation report charts latest progress for Arizona bioscience sector
April 8, 2014

Arizona’s bioscience industry now has 106,846 jobs generating an average wage of $62,775, which is 39 percent higher than the private-sector average, according to the Flinn Foundation’s bioscience roadmap released today. “Arizona is now known as a top emerging bioscience state,” said Jack Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation. “But we have far  Read More »

Small-Fry Family Foundations
March 31, 2014

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Up against big names such as the Case Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local philanthropists and their family foundations have a hard time getting noticed. IT’S THE GIFT that keeps on giving—the steady flow of donations from family foundations. But for many retirees running them, it’s getting harder to get people to  Read More »

Foundation Assets Reach Highest Level Since Downturn
March 24, 2014

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A strong stock market helped boost the assets last year of the Gates, Hewlett, and other big foundations to their highest levels since the Great Recession gutted endowments six years ago, according to a new Chronicle survey. America’s biggest foundations are unveiling a range of new grant programs to deal with complex challenges like income  Read More »

Gifts Surge From the Wealthiest U.S. Donors
February 10, 2014

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The Chronicle’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed $7.7-billion in 2013; 4 percent more than in 2012. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were the most generous philanthropists in 2013, and the youngest ever to top The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 50 list. Gifts by living donors  Read More »

AGF Proudly Partners with the Alliance of AZ Nonprofits for AZ Gives Day
February 3, 2014

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AGF is proud to once again partner with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits around Arizona Gives Day 2014. Arizona Gives Day is a day for Arizonans to come together to show support for the state’s nonprofits in 24 hours. On April 9, 2014, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, supporters of Arizona’s nonprofits will go  Read More »

AGF Welcomes New Board Leadership and Members
December 19, 2013

Arizona Grantmakers Forum has elected Belen Gonzalez, Program Officer at the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, as AGF Board Chair for 2014, as well as elected three new board members to serve on the AGF Board of Directors in 2014. “I am excited to welcome Belen Gonzalez as our new board chair. She has served on  Read More »

Welcome to AGF, Emily!
December 13, 2013

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AGF welcomes Emily Knuerr as our Member Services and Communications Associate. She will be managing the AGF website, producing our e-newsletters and program invitations and handling our social media posts, as well as providing program support.

Congratulations to Gene D’Adamo, the new CEO of NMPCT!
November 25, 2013

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Gene D’Adamo, Vice President of Community Relations for The Arizona Republic, Channel 12 and azcentral.com and Board Chair for AGF, will be taking over as President and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. D’Adamo will succeed Harriet Ivey, 64, who will retire in January. Ivey has been the only CEO of the trust,  Read More »

800 Nonprofits Share Almost $1 Million
April 1, 2013

The Nonprofit Times covered the results of the first ever Arizona Gives Day on March 20, 2013. Arizona Grantmakers Forum was a co-organizer of the event and  President & CEO Marissa Theisen discusses the successes of the event, plus lessons learned that will make next year’s event an even bigger success. “We had two statewide umbrella organizations,  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day: Local nonprofits benefit from massive fundraiser
March 21, 2013

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Azfamily.com was a great partner for Arizona’s first Arizona Gives Day! You can see live coverage from Arizona Gives Day, as well as an article about the results of the campaign. Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s President and CEO Marissa Theisen is quoted as a co-organizer of the event. “We also know that by giving, you actually  Read More »