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 and education. In 2012, AGF hosted 26 affinity group meetings and five general programs.

No two groups are the same and the needs of the group may fluctuate from year to year. Some common purposes include the following: educate funders about the community; provide a forum to discuss promising practices, lessons learned and common challenges; increase opportunities for collaborative funding and leverage funds for special efforts; partner with funders, nonprofits, government and others to develop community solutions including national funders; and outreach to prospective members. AGF currently supports seven affinity groups and could support one or two more, if sufficient demand exists and leadership is present.

This program taught AGF members more about each affinity group and discussed networking and educational opportunities to enrich each organization’s grantmaking programs. The program offered:

  • Hearing briefly from leaders of each affinity group about their overall mission and 2013 goals
  • Engaging in in-depth conversation with affinity group leaders to ask questions and suggesting program topics
  • Identifying possible additional affinity groups

Watch each Affinity Group video to learn more about AGF’s diverse offering of educational and networking groups!