Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the statewide network for philanthropy, and the Regional Partnering Center, a nonprofit partnering organization in Pima County, today announced a strategic partnership designed to strengthen the philanthropic sector’s ability to address community needs in southern Arizona. This alliance will serve the Southern Arizona Network, AGF’s newly created regional affinity group.
Through RPC’s partnerships and community-based mission, the arrangement leverages cross-sector collaboration, local investment, expertise and innovative solutions to tackle challenges facing AGF members and the communities they serve in southern Arizona. Contracted through February 2019, the six-month timeframe allows AGF and RPC to gather and incorporate member feedback before extending the partnership.
“The partnership between Arizona Grantmakers Forum and the Regional Partnering Center is a creative opportunity to build new bridges across various sectors of our community, and to map a common path toward progress for our region and our state,” said Farhad Moghimi, Regional Partnering Center officer and Pima Association of Governments executive director. The Regional Partnering Center, which has a focus on building collaborative partnerships to address regional issues, is managed by PAG through a memorandum of understanding.
Together, AGF and RPC will enhance connections among local grantmakers, strengthen statewide funder relationships and bring high-quality, locally relevant educational programming to southern Arizona’s philanthropic community. Tamara Prime, community affairs administrator for the RPC and Pima Association of Governments, will serve as the network’s project manager.
“This strategic alignment was created to better support philanthropy in southern Arizona,” said Wendy Erica Werden, Tucson Electric Power’s manager of community investment and philanthropy and AGF board member. “This helps funders facilitate more effective and meaningful impact on issues affecting our local communities.”
AGF’s Southern Arizona Network and its partnership with RPC are made possible through support from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona, the Thomas R. Brown Foundations and Tucson Electric Power.