Evidence-Based Practices to Better Ensure Impact: How evidence helps funders determine effective intervention

February 1, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

“We are in the midst of a revolution in philanthropy. While our field might not be practicing the equivalent of doctors bleeding their patients using leaches, philanthropy clearly acts very regularly without any real evidence that our actions will make a difference. However, the rise of evidence-based grantmaking is real. It might take a few  Read More »

Keys to Advancement: Earning Leadership Credibility

February 6, 2013
Location: Paradise Bakery - Biltmore

Share your experiences, gain insights from your peers, and meet other foundation and philanthropy professionals in a relaxed, informal environment. The group discussed ways to advance your career and take on new responsibilities within your organization by earning leadership credibility by having confidence in your skills, knowing your weaknesses, and building up a team around  Read More »

Spotlight on AGF Affinity Groups

February 22, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Grantmakers Forum members represent a wide range of funding interests. AGF affinity groups are designed to meet the needs of a specific type of funder (small, corporate, rural) and to better address a certain issue (education, health, evaluation, professional development). As AGF has evolved, affinity groups have become the primary vehicle for member networking  Read More »

Small/Family Foundations Roundtable

February 27, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Small and Family Foundation staff gathered to discuss current projects, areas of interest, and opportunities for future collaboration. This informal discussion group allows staff from small foundations and family foundations to connect with peers to discuss topics and issues relevant to their grantmaking. Special thanks to the Chauncey Foundation and the Hickey Family Foundation for  Read More »

Behavioral Health Arizona: Mental Health First Aid

March 7, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

After a brief overview of the state of behavioral health issues in Arizona, proponents of the new Mental Health First Aid program being developed in Arizona presented. Mental Health First Aid is a groundbreaking public education program that helps the public identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Mental  Read More »

Forming Impactful Corporate-Nonprofit Partnerships

March 13, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

There are many benefits to a corporation in establishing a well-matched partnership with a nonprofit. This program featured two corporate funders who have experienced successful corporate-nonprofit alliances. They walked us through how the partnership started, what was involved and how they measured the outcomes. They also discussed best practices they learned in the process. This  Read More »

Communicate Like a Pro: Tips from a Communications Insider

March 14, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Brad Halvorsen, Vice President of Communications, Flinn Foundation shared proven communication techniques and strategies that can be used at any level of an organization to communicate with confidence, clarity, and precision. Topics included tips on: ° Communicating to different audiences ° Internal collaboration-building ° Representing your organization Brad Halvorsen oversees Flinn Foundation’s communications activities, including  Read More »

The BUILD Initiative & Opportunities for Funders

March 28, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

BUILD is a national initiative created in 2002 by the Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, a consortium of private foundations. The BUILD Initiative supports state efforts to construct comprehensive early childhood development systems with coordinated, effective policies that address children’s health, mental health and nutrition, early care and education, family support and parenting programs and services  Read More »

New Approaches to Ending Homelessness: How Funders Can Help Reframe Efforts in a Time of Change

April 19, 2013
Location: Encanto Pointe

This expert panel discussed the changes in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding priorities and what this means for Arizona’s homelessness assistance and housing programs. The panel addressed the new approaches to ending homelessness and how current systems need to change to take advantage of these new evidence-based practices. They also  Read More »

Evaluating for Advocacy

May 15, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Tanya Beer is the associate director of the Center for Evaluation Innovation whose work focuses on the emerging field of advocacy evaluation. In this presentation, she discussed how the Center is working with the advocates, evaluators and funders who are committed to growing this field through collaboration. This presentation was hosted by the Arizona Evaluation  Read More »

Collaborative Education Funding Forum

May 29, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Are you interested in learning more about the education funding collaborations that are happening in Arizona? Are you currently involved with an education funding collaboration which you’d like more colleagues to know about? Or are you working as a sole funder on something and you wish you had collaborative partners? Funders gathered to hear from  Read More »

Small/Family Foundation Roundtable

June 5, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Small and family foundation staff gathered for a roundtable discussion around strategies and processes. The group discussed collaboration and partnerships, as well as investing best practices, with good dialogue around PRIs and MRIs. Special thanks to the Chauncey Foundation and the Hickey Family Foundation for sponsoring this affinity group!!

Bridging the Divide: Connecting the Head and Heart of Philanthropy

June 27, 2013
Location: Arizona Bridge to Independent Living (ABIL)

Empathy, defined as the experience of understanding others from their perspective, can bring meaning to and curiosity about what can be a world of seemingly endless need. Empathy may be considered the “softer side of philanthropy,” so how can grantmakers use it as a tool in effective grant making? Widespread Empathy, a publication by Grantmakers  Read More »

Rural Funders Affinity Group Meeting

June 28, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Funders gathered to discuss the upcoming Arizona Rural Development Council (a project of Local First) Rural Policy Forum. About the Rural Policy Forum… Scheduled for August 8-9, 2013 the Rural Policy Forum will marry the successful “Linking Rural Organizations to Funders” format with a conversation on topics directly relevant to rural communities including destination marketing,  Read More »

Connecting a Multi-Generational Workplace

July 15, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

There are four distinct generations in the workplace today. Most of us work closely with colleagues that span at least three, if not four of those generations and each generation brings their own views, opinions, and assumptions about the world to the workplace. But, despite the challenges of multiple generations in the workplace, how can  Read More »

Expanding the Impact of Corporate Grantmaking: Corporate-Foundation Funding Collaboratives

July 16, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

When corporations and foundations partner as co-funders, they pool funds, resources and expertise that allow them to achieve greater impact together than they could on their own. A corporate-foundation partnership, like any collaboration, can face unique challenges, but the potential to have a more powerful impact can be a win-win situation for all involved, including  Read More »

Opportunities Around ACA Implementation

July 18, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Beginning later this year, significant health coverage provisions contained in the federal health reform law go into effect. The federal health insurance exchange – the exclusive mechanism by which Arizonans can purchase federally subsidized health coverage – will be open for business. Up to 1.3 million Arizonans (individuals, families and small businesses) are predicted to  Read More »

Creating a Culture of Employee Engagement

August 20, 2013
Location: US Airways

A comprehensive corporate philanthropy strategy has many moving parts that can impact an organization’s bottom line – including an engaged workforce. FedEx’s Director of Citizenship and Reputation, Cindy Conner, will share the innovative programs and strategies that FedEx uses to engage its 300,000 team members throughout 220 countries and territories and how that fits into  Read More »

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

August 21, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Did you know the number one fear in the world is public speaking? This engaging session helped our members face their fears! The focus of the presentation was to provide tips and strategies for leading meetings and delivering effective and engaging presentations. The session gave advice to overcome speech anxiety and nervousness and provided resources  Read More »

Small and Family Foundation Roundtable

September 17, 2013
Location: SLHI

Small and family foundation staff gathered for a roundtable discussion on the strategies and processes that lead to effective grantmaking. We discussed disaster relief philanthropy, ways foundation leaders vet nonprofits for grants, program evaluation measures, and more! Special thanks to the Chauncey Foundation and the Hickey Family Foundation for sponsoring this affinity group!!

Voter Engagement in Arizona with O’Connor House

September 30, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Sarah Suggs, President and CEO of the O’Connor House discussed their organization’s efforts to increase voter engagement, including the Great Voter Challenge, SpeakOut AZ and iCivics. The meeting provided all interested funders with the opportunity to learn more about what is happening in the civic engagement arena in Arizona. This program was a part of  Read More »

Early Literacy Efforts in Arizona

September 30, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

The ability to read proficiently by third grade is vital to a child’s future academic and professional success. Literacy is a common thread among the four key skills of a 21st century student: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. We learned about the public/private collaboration, Read On Arizona; Arizona’s State Literacy Plan; Move on When  Read More »

Coffee Talk: The Multi-Generational Workplace

October 9, 2013
Location: Paradise Bakery - Biltmore

These days our colleagues span at least three, if not four of current generations in the workplace and each generation brings their own views, opinions, and assumptions about the world to the workplace. Despite the challenges of multiple generations in the workplace, how can we leverage the unique contributions and perspectives that each bring to  Read More »

Transcending Tradition: Expanding the Grantmaker Toolbox with Prizes, Contests and Crowdfunding

October 22, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Prizes, competitions and crowdsourcing are innovative and even fun, but they require a great deal of organization, communications support and specialized technology. In this session, panelists who have pioneered into this new territory of creative funding methods: Introduced alternative forms of grantmaking and fundraising that include the general public and/or expand locus of control beyond  Read More »

Efforts in Arizona to Engage Underrepresented Voters

October 31, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Patrick McWhortor, President and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, discussed the joint effort by his organization and Protecting Arizona’s Family Coalition (PAFCO) to increase voter engagement. He shared information about their celebration of National Voter Registration Day and efforts to increase awareness of off-year elections. The meeting provided all interested funders with the  Read More »

Ask the Evaluator!

November 19, 2013
Location: Valley of the Sun United Way

Grantmakers face the challenge of evaluating their own practices, outcomes and impact as well as those of their grantees – and of using this information to benefit future efforts. This is your chance to look closer at your organization’s evaluation process. Join your colleagues for an informal session where you can ask AGF’s expert evaluators your burning questions.

Small/Family Foundation Roundtable

November 20, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Small and family foundation staff gathered for a roundtable discussion on the issues and processes surrounding effective grantmaking. We asked the group to provide questions or topics to discuss with other small or family foundation colleagues and provided an opportunity to share current projects and collaborations. Special thanks to the Chauncey Foundation and the Hickey  Read More »

Corporate Funders Networking Happy Hour

December 11, 2013
Location: The Vig - Uptown

AGF members took a break from the holiday madness for a chance to mix and mingle after work and celebrate the end of the year. Thank you to all who joined us!  

Cultivating a Culture of High Performance

December 19, 2013
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

During GEO’s history of working with grantmakers to help them effectively support nonprofits and communities, they’ve discovered an interesting connection. Those grantmakers who embody practices that really help nonprofits succeed also tend to share some of the same core values in their work. Kathleen Enright, President & CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations spoke about  Read More »

2013 AGF Annual Meeting

December 19, 2013
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Kathleen P. Enright, President and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), was the keynote speaker at our 2013 Annual Meeting. She led a discussion regarding the connection between what we do and how we do it, and provided basic practices for a culture that is conducive to high performance. Program Materials Visit our YouTube  Read More »

Peer Learning: Forming Impactful Partnerships

May 1, 2103
Location: Paradise Bakery - Biltmore

Collaboration is a vital step to building successful, sustainable programs in our community, but building those partnerships effectively and successfully can be a challenge. The Professional Development Group hosted an informal, peer-learning session based on building impactful partnerships. Two articles that gave context to the discussion were “A Guide to Forming Effective Partnerships” from Boston  Read More »