Funding Civic Engagement in Arizona


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 for Responsive Philanthropy, and will be tailored to Arizona grantmakers, building upon the training programs already undertaken by Arizona Grantmakers Forum.

Participants engaged in discussions and activities to:

(1) consider a shared definition of civic engagement

(2) clarify how civic engagement enhances grantmaking outcomes

(3) share successes

(4) help foundations assess civic engagement within their portfolios

This training was led by Kalpana Krishnamurthy of Forward Together and a consultant in developing the curriculum.

National funders attending this session included:

Henry Der, Four Freedoms Fund
Rosa Peralta, Marguerite Casey Foundation
Ryan Li Dahlstrom, Astraea Foundation
Cristobal Alex, Latino Victory Fund (formerly of Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations)
Molly Schultz Hafid, Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock

National funders possible/likely to attend:

Frank Sanchez, Needmor Fund
Luke Newton, Common Counsel Foundation

Hosted by Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation, National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Neighborhood Funders Group