Arizona Grantmakers Forum 2015 Annual Meeting

December 16, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Grantmakers Forum 2015 Annual Meeting, featured guest speaker Bill Somerville, founder of Philanthropic Ventures Foundation (PVF). A nationally recognized expert on creative grantmaking and a self-proclaimed “maverick” grantmaker, Mr. Somerville discussed “Ideas vs. Problems” and how foundations can approach various challenges in innovative ways that achieve more effective operations and grantmaking. Learn more  Read More »

Culture and Collaboration: Who You Need to Be As an Organization to Truly Model Collaboration

November 6, 2015
Location: Northern Trust

Kathleen Enright, president and chief executive officer of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), led a group senior foundation staff and trustees in exploring what it takes to create and model a culture of collaboration within your organization. Participants fully examined how they can lead as “culture officers” in their own foundations and how that might transform the  Read More »

Coffee and Share Session: Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Learning Conference 2015

November 4, 2015
Location: St. Luke's Health Initiatives

This summer, some of our AGF members were among the 300 leaders in philanthropy who attended The Learning Conference 2015, hosted by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). The conference explored how grantmakers can learn more collaboratively, ensuring that nonprofits and other partners have the information they need to drive decisions that improve their work. The  Read More »

Coffee Talk: Creating a Personal Leadership Development Plan

October 29, 2015
Location: Valley of the Sun United Way

Most of us have pursued some kind of professional development with the goal of achieving the next level of mastery along our chosen career path. But how much planning have you done for personal leadership development? A personal leadership development plan serves as a reference point or compass for your personal growth and learning. It  Read More »

Arizona’s Children in Crisis: A Conversation with the Director of the Department of Child Safety

October 26, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Department of Child Safety Director Greg McKay met with AGF members to discuss the latest child safety data, current challenges and his desire to engage public and private partners—including funders—in serving children and families in need. As a next step, AGF is forming a new Children’s Safety and Well-Being Action Team to explore opportiunites for grantmakers to partner with the Department  Read More »

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

September 17, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Sean Parker is one of this summer’s most talked about philanthropists. In June, Parker, most widely known as co-founder of Napster and founding president of Facebook, announced a $600 million contribution to launch The Parker Foundation. That same week, The Wall Street Journal published Parker’s essay, “Sean Parker: Philanthropy for Hackers.” In his essay, Parker  Read More »

Health Funders Meeting: Dementia Care Education

August 28, 2015
Location: St. Luke's Health Initiatives

View this program here The AGF Health Funders Affinity Group met to learn more about dementia care education in Arizona. The group learned from presenters specializing in different areas of dementia care. Presenters: Tena R. M. Alonzo, MA Director, Education and Research | Comfort Matters Program at Beatitudes Campus Comfort Matters Dementia Care Education Jan Dougherty,  Read More »

Book Talk: Creativity, Inc.

July 16, 2015
Location: Flinn Foundation

From Ed Catmull, co-founder (with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter) of Pixar Animation Studios, comes an incisive book about creativity in business. Creativity, Inc. is a book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, a manual for anyone who strives for originality, and the first ever, all-access trip to the nerve  Read More »

Health Funders Meeting: Update on Aging-Related Activities

June 25, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

The AGF Health Funders Affinity Group met to share updates on aging-related activities. The group discussed: Feedback from the White House Conference on Aging The “Comfort Care” concept in place at the Beatitudes Feedback from the Age-Friendly Community Conference What other funders have been doing around aging A special thanks to our affinity group sponsor!

STEM vs. STEAM: How Funders Can Approach Adding the Arts to STEM Funding

June 16, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

AGF members gathered for an informative panel discussion that presented the benefits of adding the arts to STEM education, how current education models with arts integration work and how these programs are being evaluated. We heard from advocates of STEAM education about how the intersection of the arts with STEM education can enhance student engagement and learning  Read More »

Impact of the Arizona State Budget on K-12 School Financing

June 4, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey recently signed a budget that cuts K-12 funding by $113 million (5 percent). These cuts come after state funding for K-12 education fell by 21 percent between 2002 and 2011—the largest decline in the country. In 2012, Arizona’s per-pupil spending was the second lowest in the country and the state spent just 2.5  Read More »

AGF Speed Networking

May 14, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

AGF Speed Networking – an opportunity to meet other grantmaking colleagues, learn about the work they’re doing and expand your network of professional resources, while also polishing your networking skills. This was a fun session where members made new connections through short, focused one-on-one conversations using the popular “speed dating” model.

2015 Legislative Session – What happened?

April 24, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

We were pleased to host another insightful presentation by Chris Herstam, Principal and Director of Government Relations at Lewis Roca Rothgerber. Chris provided us with an overview of the 2015 Arizona legislative session, sharing some behind-the-scenes insight on which bills passed and which ones didn’t – and why.  

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

April 14, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Spring is in the air! This is a great time to think about dusting off and reviewing your foundation’s policies and practices.In this roundtable discussion, small and family foundation colleagues will explore how doing some spring cleaning has enhanced their foundation’s governance, grantmaking and efficiency. We welcome you to share your own “spring cleaning list,”  Read More »

Investing in Nonprofit Capacity

March 18, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Increasingly funders are seeing the relationship between effective program delivery and a grantee’s internal operating capacity. But if asked to define “capacity,” many of us draw a blank. We know it when we see it, but have difficulty putting it into words. This session, led by award winning author and popular public speaker Susan Kenny Stevens,  Read More »

Update on Health-Related Activities

March 16, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

The AGF Health Funders Affinity Group met to share updates on health-related activities, including vision screening and enrollment outreach efforts for the Federal Health Care Insurance Marketplace. A special thanks to our affinity group sponsors!

Coffee Talk: Professional Mentorships

March 11, 2015
Location: Arizona Humanities

Coffee Talk: Professional Mentorships March 11, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Arizona Humanities 1242 North Central Avenue | Phoenix The AGF Professional Development Group Coffee Talk explored how a professional mentorship can be the secret weapon in your career development. The right mentorship enables professionals at all career stages to learn, grow and accomplish goals.  Read More »

Funding Civic Engagement in Arizona

February 26, 2015
Location: Valley of the Sun United Way

This highly interactive training session included presentations from the California Civic Engagement Funder Collaborative and Arizona funder efforts focused on education, mini case studies highlighting best practices, insights on local Arizona challenges, discussion of opportunities to work collaboratively and shared meanings about the elements of civic engagement. The curriculum was recently developed by Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and National Committee  Read More »

Read On Arizona: Why Literacy Matters No Matter Who You Fund

February 24, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Part 1: Terri Clark Part 2: Partners Part 3: Question & Answer Download Program Materials We met on February 24, 2015 to learn more about Read On Arizona and its new tool, “Developing A Thriving Reader From the Early Years.” This clear and comprehensive tool can be used to help guide funding opportunities that create a deeper and  Read More »

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

February 19, 2015
Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

In this roundtable discussion, small and family foundation colleagues explored how building a board with greater cultural competency can help them to better align their resources with the needs of the communities and populations that they serve. We kicked off the discussion with the following related article: Ways to Build a Culturally Competent Board (Exponent Philanthropy) As  Read More »

Lunch with John MacIntosh of SeaChange Capital Partners

February 4, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

The Lodestar Foundation has been partnering with New York based SeaChange Capital Partners for several years to support/encourage nonprofit collaborations. John MacIntosh, lead partner with SeaChange Capital Partners, was in Phoenix on Feb. 4th  to teach members more about funder collaboratives and nonprofit collaborations. About John MacIntosh John leads SeaChange Capital Partners with overall responsibility for managing its grant-making,  Read More »

Overview of Arizona’s 2015 Legislative Agenda

January 22, 2015
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

AGF’s first program in 2015 featured Chris Herstam, who provided an overview of the 2015 Arizona Legislative session and a high-level look at key issues likely to be addressed. Chris, who is Principal and Director of Government Relations at Lewis Roca Rothgerber, is also a former state legislator. We thank Chris and our Members for participating.