AGF 2014 Annual Meeting

December 18, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

AGF held its 2014 annual meeting featuring guest speaker Lucy Bernholz, Senior Fellow at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and self-described “philanthropy wonk.” Dr. Bernholz discussed philanthropy and the new economy, highlighting her annual industry forecast, Blueprint 2015. Note: The business meeting began promptly at 11:45 a.m. A special thanks to  Read More »

Getting Our Heads Around Overhead: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?

December 8, 2014
Location: Northern Trust

Do you judge nonprofit performance by an “overhead ratio?” – that is, how much they spend on programs versus administrative costs? Have you heard of the Overhead Myth – the concept that the financial ratios are a proxy for nonprofit worthiness? Times are changing, with Charity Navigator no longer touting overhead ratios as a proxy for nonprofit  Read More »

Coffee Talk: The Case for the Three-day Workweek

November 19, 2014
Location: Duck and Decanter

The AGF Professional Development Group  had a lively Coffee Talk exploring the  concept of a global three-day workweek, which was recently proposed by the world’s second-richest man, Carlos Slim of Mexico. Slim proposes that working three days a week for a longer period of time would better reflect the underlying economic and demographic reality of today’s  Read More »

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

November 12, 2014
Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

In this roundtable discussion, small and family foundation colleagues shared ways in which they use technology and social media  to inform decisions, connect to stakeholders, streamline processes and otherwise make the most of limited dollars and time. We will kicked off the discussion with the following related article: Technology and Your Philanthropy (Exponent Philanthropy) A special thanks  Read More »

New Leaders New Vision in Arizona Philanthropy

November 5, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Over the past year, a number of Arizona’s largest philanthropic institutions have undergone major leadership changes, representing a seismic shift in what is a traditionally stable ecosystem, with historically low staff turn over. These dynamic new leaders are taking the helm at a time when Arizona, and the world, face significant challenges on many fronts.  Read More »

How to Talk to Your Board About Advocacy

October 28, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Funders and nonprofits are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of engaging in public policy/advocacy work to advance their agendas.  According to a 2010 report, greater involvement by nonprofit groups in advocacy and will require support from organizations’ boards of directors. “Board members may be reluctant to engage in advocacy efforts because of perceived conflicts  Read More »

Corporate Funders Roundtable

September 24, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

As corporate foundation programs become more prominent in the business world, corporate grantmakers may find themselves challenged with balancing their giving program objectives with the interests of senior leadership. How does one navigate this situation in order to ensure that giving program activities continue to align with foundation objectives? The AGF Corporate Funders Affinity Group  Read More »

Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World (Webinar viewing)

September 18, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

How can foundations have a greater impact? For answers to this question and a discussion with your colleagues, join AGF to view this upcoming SSIR webinar aimed towards foundation staff and board members who want to better understand how others are navigating complexity, what it means for goal setting, and how it affects staff/board dynamics.  Read More »

Networking With Impact

September 17, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

  In anticipation of fall conferences and events, many of us plan to attend an array of functions with networking opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned small-talker or a networking newbie, you may often wonder:   How can I best use these opportunities not only to meet people, but to turn these interactions into meaningful connections?  Read More »

St. Luke’s Health Initiatives TAP Talk

September 11, 2014
Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd, Ocotillo Room, Phoenix, AZ

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. At the heart of every nonprofit and philanthropic professional is the question, “Is what I’m doing making a difference in the lives of people we serve?”  The answer to this question can be hard to answer given the complexity of the social conditions we are working to change. AGF’s Evaluating for  Read More »

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

September 10, 2014
Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

In this roundtable discussion, small and family foundation colleagues will share strategies and processes that lead to effective grantmaking. We will kick off the discussion with the following related articles: Two Paths for Charitable Giving: From the Head or from the Heart (New York Times) What Makes an Effective Nonprofit (Exponent Philanthropy) As always, this session  Read More »

AGF Summer Social

August 18, 2014
Location: The Gladly - 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix AZ 85016

Begin your week with a happy hour! The end of summer is fast approaching and we all know how busy the fall can be. Why not take this time to catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues at one of the hippest new dining venues in Central Phoenix? Appetizers will be provided and  Read More »

Book Talk: Give and Take by Adam Grant

July 16, 2014
Location: Duck and Decanter, 16th and Camelback

For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others. Using his pioneering research as Wharton’s youngest tenured professor, Adam Grant has found that, at work, most people operate as either takers, matchers or givers. Grant  Read More »

Measuring for Social Impact and Learning: An Open Conversation Between Funders and Nonprofits to Dispel Myths and Misconceptions

June 20, 2014
Location: Flagstaff Aquaplex, 1702 N. Fourth Street, Community Room Side A, Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Recent national and local surveys indicate that both grantmakers and grantees acknowledge the importance of measuring the impact of social investments. However, it often seems as though each have differing expectations regarding the goals, methods and costs associated with performance measurement. This program will feature an opportunity to jointly explore the critical value of social impact/performance measurement and engage in open and honest dialogue around the myths, misconceptions and barriers surrounding this important topic.

Is There a Case for More Comprehensive Vision Screening In Arizona?

June 11, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Statistically:

– 1 in 4 kids suffer from a vision issue.
– Vision deficits are the 4th most common US disability.
– Poor vision not only affects health, it also can inhibit educational success.
– Studies indicate a higher return ROI for vision screening than almost any other public health effort.
– Federal standards require vision screening, but early vision issue detection is difficult without new technologies (especially for 0-3 kids, when treatment of lazy eye can prevent vision loss).
– Arizona is one of only 8 states that does not mandate visual screening for children.
– Funders often cover school or health clinic screenings, but this usually is not a sustainable prospect.

Could there be another way? Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of national models and how Arizona public policy might be enhanced to achieve greater success.

Collaborative Funding: The Power of Strategic Partnerships

June 5, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

As funders, we all want to have an impact, to make a difference. Concepts like “collective impact,” “collaboration” and “strategic partnerships” appear in every article and every conference, representing the new best thinking on how to accomplish real systems change. Yet, often our own grantmaking constraints work at cross purposes to this goal.

School’s Out Make It Count! Arizona’s Commitment to Quality Out-of-School Time Programming

May 28, 2014
Location: Valley of the Sun United Way

Couldn’t make it to this program? View related program materials: The C. S. Mott Statewide Afterschool Networks: Statewide Collaboration to Further After School Policies StatewideAfterschoolNetworks.net www.AZAfterschool.org Out of School Time programs are a powerful tool to help youth develop the skills needed for the 21st Century workplace. They help connect youth with their dreams and  Read More »

Arizona’s 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up

May 21, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Please join us for another insightful presentation by Chris Herstam, Principal and Director of Government Relations at Lewis Roca Rothgerber. Chris will provide us with an overview of the 2014 Arizona legislative session; sharing some behind-the-scenes insight on which bills passed and which ones didn’t – and why. He will also provide us with a  Read More »

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

May 14, 2014
Location: ACF

Join us for a gathering of small and family foundation staff for a roundtable discussion on the strategies and processes that lead to effective grantmaking. We will use the first part of the discussion to identify programs and discussion topics for the year. Please come prepared to share your ideas.   A special thanks to  Read More »

A Data Viz Vision

May 12, 2014
Location: Arizona Supreme Court, Room 345 A/B, 1501 W. Washington Street

The AGF Evaluating for Impact affinity group has partnered with the Arizona Evaluation Network (AZENet) and is pleased to invite AGF members to attend this keynote address of their spring conference. What happens when data visualization explodes? Dr. Stephanie Evergreen will address the proliferation of data visualization and what it means for communication. She will  Read More »

Please Pass the Etiquette: Dining Etiquette for Professionals

May 7, 2014
Location: Metro Tech High School

The business meal is an opportunity to build and strengthen our professional relationships, whether it’s at a formal dinner, a lunch meeting or a cocktail reception. The AGF Professional Development Group invites you to enjoy a three-course lunch while being navigated through the proper etiquette for a variety of business meals. This workshop is designed for professionals at all levels of their careers who want to feel as confident at the lunch, dinner or cocktail table as they do at the conference table.

Coffee Talk: The Ted Talk that Inspired Us to Lean In

April 23, 2014
Location: Duck and Decanter, 16th & Camelback

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 Ted Talk, “Why we have too few women leaders,” inspired her to write the wildly popular and widely criticized book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” In her Ted Talk, Sandberg discusses why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions and she offers three key pieces of advice to empower women to achieve their ambitions.

Webinar Viewing: Connecting Strategy, Evaluation and Learning in Your Organization

April 9, 2014
Location: ACF

AGF members are invited to view this FSG webinar that will help your organization to take a more strategic approach to evaluation and learning, and provide you with a deeper understanding of what it means to develop a comprehensive strategy for evaluation through the development of a Strategic Learning and Evaluation System. Then stay for a thoughtful group discussion on how we, as grantmakers in Arizona, might incorporate the information presented into our own organizations.

Steering Clear of Trouble: What Every Grantmaker Should Know About Conflicts of Interest, Digital Documentation and Liability

April 3, 2014
Location: ACF

Couldn’t make it to the program? View Kendis and Steve’s Powerpoint Presentation and other program materials: Steering Clear of Trouble Powerpoint Information Security Risk Self-Assessment Differences Between Information Governance and Records Management Conflict of Interest Policy Sample Retention Policy This workshop is packed with information that every grantmaker and their trustees need to know about  Read More »

Corporate Funders Roundtable

March 19, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

What software/techniques are corporate funders using to simply/easily measure the impact of their investments? Corporate grantmakers need and want to know if funds have been used appropriately and the value-add of their philanthropic investments. Organization feedback and data outlining a program’s impact is essential to corporate marketing, sponsorship and future grantmaking. Join this roundtable to  Read More »

Improving Education in Arizona Using Public Policy Investments

March 12, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Program Vote 4 Education Flyer and PowerPoint Presentation This program is intended to provide funders with a better understanding of the key legislative proposals relating to both K-12 and Higher Education that are being considered by the State legislature this session, the merits of various bills and background on the key legislators who are engaged  Read More »

Rural Funders Affinity Group Meeting

March 4, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Join us for an opportunity to discuss any current relevant topics affecting your organization and rural funding. We will also explore the value in convening rural funders and rural nonprofits annually to discuss ways to build the capacity of rural nonprofits. We hope you will join us in continuing efforts to increase the impact of  Read More »

Ground Rules for the Modern Meeting

February 26, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Marie A. Sullivan, President & CEO, Arizona Women’s Education & Employment, will share the ground rules for managing efficient, productive and engaging meetings. She will also discuss what it takes to effectively convene people in today’s busier-than-ever high-tech world.

Small and Family Foundations Roundtable

February 24, 2014
Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

Join us for a gathering of small and family foundation staff for a roundtable discussion on the strategies and processes that lead to effective grantmaking. We will use the first part of the discussion to identify programs and discussion topics for the year. Please come prepared to share your ideas. A special thanks to the  Read More »

Overview of Arizona’s 2014 Legislative Agenda

January 24, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Couldn’t make it to this program? View it on our YouTube channel! Join us for AGF’s first Public Policy Education session in 2014. The session will feature Chris Herstam, who will provide an overview of the 2014 Arizona Legislative session and a high level look at key issues likely to be addressed. Chris is a  Read More »

Postsecondary Success: Addressing the College Readiness Gap

January 17, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Join us for this engaging session with an expert panel discussing post-secondary success. In Arizona, a large percentage of high school graduates and adult learners are in need of developmental education in English, Mathematics or both when entering college or university. Although the Arizona College and Career Readiness Standards are intended to address this on  Read More »

Philanthropy and the Child Welfare System

January 7, 2014
Location: Arizona Community Foundation

Join the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and representatives from the Child Advocate Response Examination (CARE) team, the committee handling the more than 6,500 reports of child abuse, to get an update on the investigations, Child Protective Services as an organization and explore how philanthropy can make an impact in the foster care arena. Hear from Deb  Read More »