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Recent News

Erin Owen Named Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s New Director of Member Engagement & Operations
June 4, 2021

On June 21, Arizona Grantmakers Forum will welcome Erin Owen as the director of member engagement & operations. She will act as the first point of contact for all current and prospective members and take over the role from Kalisha Bass, whose last day is July 2. Reporting to President and CEO Laurie Liles, Erin  Read More »

Ways to support Arizona’s Asian American & Pacific Islander communities
March 30, 2021

As we bear witness to the ongoing horrific acts of anti-Asian violence across the country, Arizona Grantmakers Forum members are seeking out opportunities to support Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Thanks to our  members and partner organizations that shared their recommendations, we compiled a list of resources for your organization to consider. If you have additional resources  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day Invites Nonprofits to Enroll, Local Businesses to Participate
February 19, 2021

Coming off a record-breaking Arizona Gives Day 2020 when donors generated an incredible $6.1 million for nonprofits statewide, the 2021 event on April 6 is more important than ever given the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Registration and re-enrollment is now open for Arizona nonprofits interested in participating in the 24-hour online fundraising event.  Read More »

Poll Shows Nearly Half of Arizona Nonprofits Are in Need of Personal Protective Equipment
September 9, 2020

A recent Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits survey to gauge the need among nonprofit agencies statewide for personal protective equipment shows that 49.9% have no disinfectant sprays or wipes and just over 25% have no access to thermometers. More than half of respondents serve elderly communities, which are known to be at higher risk of more serious COVID-19  Read More »

Ways to Support the Black Community and Combat Racism
June 3, 2020

The recent incidents of racism, murder and police brutality, including the murder of George Floyd, have once again reminded us of the systemic racism that continues to plague America and Arizona. In response to the community’s requests for recommendations, Kim Covington of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum member Arizona Community Foundation has compiled the following list  Read More »

How Arizona Foundations Can Ensure an Accurate Census Count
May 15, 2020

Learn how three nonprofits are supporting on-the-ground efforts for the 2020 census — and why it matters for the state’s philanthropic community. The Arizona philanthropic community is stepping up to support census efforts in hard-to-reach communities. After all, the 2020 census count determines state funding for the next decade—and those dollars directly impact the public  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Have Made More Than $33 Million Available to Nonprofits During COVID-19 Pandemic
April 24, 2020

In responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, grantmaking organizations across Arizona have begun distributing grants from special funding sources totaling more than $33 million for nonprofit agencies to address financial challenges resulting from cancellations and postponements of fundraising events, programs and cultural offerings. An Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits survey of 501(c)(3) agencies throughout the state projected  Read More »

Arizonans Open Their Hearts on Arizona Gives Day to Raise $6.1 Million for 913 Nonprofits Across the State
April 17, 2020

In an incredible show of generosity and selflessness at a time of unthinkable challenges, nearly 39,000 Arizonans donated a record-shattering $6,095,007 to 913 nonprofit organizations participating in the seventh annual Arizona Gives Day 2020 on April 7. The final numbers for this year’s event, organized by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum  Read More »

Grantmaking Organizations Considered ‘Essential Businesses,’ Ducey’s Chief of Staff Says
April 1, 2020

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order instituting a stay-at-home policy to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. The order took effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. The order requires Arizonans to stay in their homes except when engaging in essential activities including shopping for groceries and supplies and to work in  Read More »

Impact Of Coronavirus-Caused Cancellations, Restrictions Hits Nonprofits Hard
March 23, 2020

An Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits survey of nonprofit organizations statewide showed that nearly 90% of the 364 respondents have been or expect to be significantly impacted by the spread of COVID-19 or coronavirus with the total loss of reported revenue at $29,946,350 as of March 20. Of those organizations impacted, more than 83% reported decreased revenue  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum Responds to COVID-19
March 17, 2020

The health and safety of Arizona Grantmakers Forum members and team is our top priority. Amid the current health concerns regarding the COVID-19 global outbreak, the World Health Organization’s official pandemic declaration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to limit large gatherings, Arizona Grantmakers would like to share the specific steps we  Read More »

Coronavirus: What Philanthropy Needs to Know
March 6, 2020

Arizona Grantmakers Forum is monitoring developments related to new coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure we are taking the necessary measures to preserve the health and well-being of Arizona Grantmakers members and to share information relevant to the philanthropic community. We are closely watching recommendations from Arizona Department of Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World  Read More »

Statement on HB 2598
February 27, 2020

Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy. With more than 80 grantmaking organizations in our membership, Arizona Grantmakers envisions a vibrant Arizona where all people thrive. In pursuit of that vision, Arizona Grantmakers opposes HB2598, divisive legislation that will harm the economic vitality of communities across our  Read More »

Arizona Together for Impact Fund Makes First Grant
January 28, 2020

Since he started as the first executive director of the Organization for Nonprofit Executives two years ago, Michael Barry was focused on one thing: creating value for his members. “From the very beginning of my tenure in early 2018, the board and I were particularly interested in ensuring that everything we did at ONE was  Read More »

New Year, New Brand for Arizona Grantmakers Forum
December 19, 2019

As we enjoy the holiday season and put the bow on 2019, Arizona Grantmakers Forum is excited to enter a new year with a new brand. With financial support from our Satterberg Foundation community partnership grant and with thoughtful input from members, we were able to deliver a much-needed makeover to better represent the organization we  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum to Explore the State’s Shifting Demographics at Its Annual Luncheon
November 25, 2019

As Arizona philanthropic groups and nonprofits prepare for the decade ahead, Arizona Grantmakers Forum will delve into demographic shifts related to aging at its Transform Arizona Luncheon presented by Northern Trust. The annual networking event and membership meeting will be held at the Heard Museum on December 12 at 11:30 a.m. and is open to  Read More »

Supreme Court Rules on Citizenship Question
June 27, 2019

The Supreme Court blocked the Trump Administration from adding a citizenship question to the census for now. In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the court determined that the explanation for including the question was insufficient. Opponents of the question say there is no time to revisit the issue before next week’s scheduled start to print the forms.  Read More »

Local Philanthropic Organizations Collaborate to Form the Arizona Together for Impact Fund
June 19, 2019

Fourteen Arizona philanthropic organizations have joined  to form the Arizona Together for Impact Fund, a statewide initiative to improve the capacity, effectiveness and financial health of nonprofits. The fund has committed approximately $1.5 million over three years for grants to support permanent collaborations between nonprofit organizations. National statistics indicate that most nonprofits have only three  Read More »

Trump Administration Considering Proposal to Redefine Poverty
June 11, 2019

The Trump Administration is seeking public comments through June 21 as it considers a change to the way the government measures poverty by using lower inflation measures to calculate annual adjustments. If enacted, the proposal would cut billions of dollars from federal health programs and cause millions of people to lose their eligibility for, or receive less help  Read More »

Just Released: 2017 Arizona Grantmakers Forum Annual Report
December 19, 2018

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s 2017 annual report, Philanthropy Illuminated, is now available! In the report, we shine a spotlight on our major milestones in the second year of our 2016-2018 strategic plan. To tell the AGF story, we present the report in an interactive digital format. Click here to view the report.

Satterberg Foundation awards Community Partnership Grant to Arizona Grantmakers Forum
December 4, 2018

Arizona Grantmakers Forum announced last month that itis the recipient of a three-year, $1 million Community Partnership Grant from AGF member the Satterberg Foundation. This is the largest grant AGF has ever received, and it will invest the funds in alignment with the foundation’s mission to promote a just society and sustainable environment. The community partnership also  Read More »

Remembering Marissa Theisen, Founding President and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum
September 24, 2018

Former and founding Arizona Grantmakers Forum President and CEO Marissa Theisen passed away on Saturday after battling pancreatic cancer. The AGF team and board join Marissa’s family and friends in mourning her loss and celebrating her life. She led AGF from its inception in 1986 until she retired in 2015 to return to her management  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum and the Regional Partnering Center Announce Strategic Partnership
September 5, 2018

Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the statewide network for philanthropy, and the Regional Partnering Center, a nonprofit partnering organization in Pima County, today announced a strategic partnership designed to strengthen the philanthropic sector’s ability to address community needs in southern Arizona. This alliance will serve the Southern Arizona Network, AGF’s newly created regional affinity group. Through RPC’s  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum Remembers Sen. John McCain
August 27, 2018

With the McCain family, his staff and all of Arizona, we at Arizona Grantmakers Forum are mourning the loss of U.S. Sen. John McCain. A champion for immigration reform and supporter of human rights, veterans services and health care, he leaves a legacy of remarkable leadership and commitment to public service. As a two-time presidential  Read More »

U.S. Treasury Department/IRS Propose Regulations on State and Local Government Tax Credits
August 24, 2018

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s partners at the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits just released an alert to its members about draft regulations that could affect Arizona nonprofits. The proposed rule—scheduled to take effect Monday, Aug. 27—states that donations to nonprofits that currently generate Arizona tax credits would no longer be fully deductible. Please stay tuned for updates and  Read More »

AGF Funders Collaborate During School Closures
June 28, 2018

After thousands of Arizona children were displaced by school closures during this spring’s teacher walkout, nonprofits stepped up to ensure those children were safe and fed. To help these organizations meet the unanticipated demand for services, Arizona Grantmakers Forum members mobilized to disperse one-time grants in communities with the highest need. “Piper Trust commends how  Read More »

Ways to Support Separated Families at the Border
June 21, 2018

Along the southern border, thousands of children are being separated from their parents and held in detention facilities after crossing the border illegally. While President Trump has signed an executive order to end this practice, the harm to these families has already been done. Those who are interested in learning ways to support families being separated at the  Read More »

Philanthropy’s Role in the 2020 Census
April 2, 2018

Today, Arizona Grantmakers Forum joins Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation’s Funders Census Initiative, United Philanthropy Forum and philanthropy-serving organizations around the country in asking our members to commit to a fair and accurate census. “Census Day,” April 1, 2020, is now less than two years away and the time to act is now. More than $600 billion  Read More »

Philanthropy in Drive: Arizona Grantmakers Forum 2016 Annual Report
December 21, 2017

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s 2016 annual Report, Philanthropy in Drive, is now available. Get behind the wheel with us to review our major milestones in the first year of our 2016-2018 strategic plan. To tell the AGF story, we present the report in an interactive digital format.             Click here to  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum Statement on DACA
September 25, 2017

PHOENIX – Arizona Grantmakers Forum joins our partners in philanthropy, immigrant communities and advocates in urging Congress to act immediately to ensure that the nearly 800,000 immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program can continue to live, work and learn without fear of deportation. Arizona is home to 28,000 young people  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum annual luncheon set for Oct. 31
August 15, 2017

On Tuesday, Oct. 31, Arizona Grantmakers Forum is holding its second annual fundraising luncheon, Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust, bringing together members of Arizona’s  philanthropic, nonprofit and business communities to hear from Jon Talton, the economists columnist for the Seattle Times. 12 News Anchor Joe Dana will return as the luncheon emcee. Mr. Talton will  Read More »

AGF members join forces for early childhood advocacy
August 4, 2017

Between family vacations and work conferences in cooler climates, a small yet mighty group of Arizona Grantmakers Forum members has been meeting this summer to strategize advocacy efforts for early childhood issues. AGF spearheaded this initiative, known as the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative, in the fall of 2016. Participating foundations include the Arizona Community  Read More »

The Largest Philanthropy Network Has a New Name: United Philanthropy Forum
July 31, 2017

(This article was adapted from a public letter announcing the new name of the largest philanthropy network.) For those of you who weren’t able to attend the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers’ 2017 Annual Conference this year, the Forum has revealed its new name — United Philanthropy Forum — and a new visual identity to reflect a transformed  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day Raises $2.74 Million for Nonprofits Statewide
April 26, 2017

Arizona Gives Day, the grassroots, statewide day of giving that invites Arizonans to support their favorite causes, raised $2.74 million for nonprofits on April 4, 2017. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has now helped raise more than $10.14 million for Arizona nonprofits  Read More »

Post-Election Resources for Philanthropy
November 10, 2016

The ballots are in and voters have spoken. No matter how you voted last week, it’s clear that big changes are coming for philanthropy and the people and programs we support. To arm you with facts that will inform your work in 2017, Arizona Grantmakers Forum will host educational programs on topics ranging from President-elect  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s 2015 Annual Report Now Available
August 24, 2016

We are pleased to share with you Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s annual report, 2015 Year in Review. The report highlights major milestones including a smooth leadership transition and a bold new strategic direction for AGF. You’ll also find snapshots of some of our high-quality educational programs and notable collaborations among AGF members. We present the report as an interactive  Read More »

Your Vote is Your Voice: Make Your Voice Heard by Voting in the Aug. 30 Primary Elections
August 10, 2016

Early voting in the Aug. 30 Arizona primary elections is underway. Because the vast majority of our state legislative districts are heavily dominated by one political party or another, most legislative races will be determined by the outcome of the primary, rather than the general, elections. Arizona Grantmakers Forum strongly encourages civic participation, and we  Read More »

Celebrate the 96th anniversary of voting rights for women
August 3, 2016

A coalition of Arizona organizations, including a few AGF members, are presenting this non-partisan event on August 26 to celebrate and honor individuals who have dedicated more than 72 years to pass the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. Speakers and special guests will discuss how women can make an impact and the  Read More »

Alliance 2016 Conference and Member Meeting – Save with early bird pricing
July 28, 2016

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The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 2016 Annual Conference and Member Meeting offers a full day of professional development and networking opportunities for nonprofit professionals from across Arizona. Attendees will enjoy presentations by keynote speakers, breakout sessions, sponsor booths and lunch. Featured presenters include: Tim Delaney, President & Chief Executive Officer National Council of Nonprofits Elisa  Read More »

Philanthropy responding to West Virginia’s flood recovery
June 29, 2016

In West Virginia, the immediate recovery to the horrific flooding is ongoing.  Philanthropy WV is working with numerous groups to connect to credible and statewide giving and volunteering opportunities for recovery efforts.  While needs are still be identified for long-term recovery, Philanthropy WV is hosting a webinar with local, state and national philanthropy and corporate  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum Stands with Orlando
June 17, 2016

The Arizona Grantmakers Forum team is deeply saddened by the horrific events at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where a gunman took the lives of 49 people and injured 53 others. Our hearts are with the victims, survivors and their families. We also extend our support to our colleagues at Florida Philanthropic Network as they support the  Read More »

AGF CEO to speak at KidsCare Press Conference
April 7, 2016

Join the Cover Kids Coalition, a broad alliance of parents, pediatricians, nurses, businesses, school board members and faith and women’s groups across the state, to call on lawmakers to lift the enrollment freeze on KidsCare in the state budget plan. Bring your family, friends and colleagues to show your support for Arizona’s children. Speakers include: Representative Regina  Read More »

AGF Embraces 2016, Launches New Strategic Direction
January 6, 2016

Dear Friends, Each new year dawns with opportunities for resolutions and bold changes, and 2016 is no exception for Arizona Grantmakers Forum as we embrace our new vision, values, mission and strategic goals for the next three years. AGF unveiled our 2016-2018 strategic direction to members who joined us for our 2015 Annual Meeting on  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day: April 5, 2016
October 14, 2015

Mark your calendar! Arizona Grantmakers Forum is excited to partner with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits for next year’s Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 5, 2016. The 2015 event raised over $2,000,000 for Arizona nonprofits and we think that we can all work together to beat that next year.

Charitable Giving Jumped 7.1 Percent in 2014 ‘Giving USA’ Finds
June 24, 2015

via Philanthropy News Digest Gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations reached an estimated $358.38 billion in 2014, surpassing the peak last seen before the Great Recession, the sixtieth anniversary edition of Giving USA reports. Produced by the Giving USA Foundation and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the report found that giving increased 7.1  Read More »

AGF Hires New CEO Laurie Liles
May 26, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Arizona Grantmakers Forum Names Laurie Liles as Chief Executive Officer Former Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association Executive to Lead AGF’s Focus on Building Strong Statewide Presence and Expanding Arizona Philanthropic Sector’s Capacity Phoenix, Ariz. (May 26, 2015) – The Arizona Grantmakers Forum Board of Directors today announced that Laurie Liles will become  Read More »

Study Summary: Giving Holds Up at Smaller Foundations Despite Slowed Asset Growth
May 21, 2015

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By Eden Stiffman Summary: The report examined the 2014 grant making and investment activities of 769 small and midsize foundations, all Foundation Source clients, compared with last year. All foundations included in the report have assets of less than $50 million. The study showed that small and midsize foundations consistently distribute more than the minimum-required  Read More »

Giving Is Expected to Rise Nearly 5% This Year and Next, Study Predicts
February 25, 2015

Philanthropic giving is expected to increase 4.8 percent this year, and 4.9 percent in 2016, exceeding the average rate of growth in gifts since the recession, according to a forecast released Tuesday. Gifts from individuals, corporations, estates, and foundations are all expected to increase, according to the Philanthropy Outlook, a set of projections made by  Read More »

Learn Foundation Law
February 18, 2015

Learn Foundation Law is a free first-of-its-kind resource for private foundations (and others who are interested), to host e-trainings and tools related to the basic legal rules for private foundations. Most e-learnings developed by the Foundations take less than one hour to complete and feature a program officer named Maya who leads participants through each  Read More »

A New Standard: “Get on the Map” and the Urgent Need for Better Data in Philanthropy
February 17, 2015

Money is a blunt but essential tool for social change, and it has potent, variable effects on our social and political ecosystems. Philanthropy’s commitment to serving the public good makes it imperative that foundations understand as deeply and specifically as possible whom their investments are serving and how. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to discern  Read More »

How America Gives to Charity
December 22, 2014

Americans continue to open up their wallets to those less fortunate and to causes they want to advance. Charitable giving from individuals, corporations, foundations and bequests totaled $335.17 billion in 2013, the latest data available, up 4.4% from 2012, according to the Giving USA Foundation and Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Total giving  Read More »

U.S. Foundations Gave $54.7 Billion in 2013, Report Finds
November 18, 2014

Giving by U.S. Foundations grew to a record $52 billion in 2012 and is projected to reach $54.7 billion for 2013, a report from Foundation Center finds. According to the 2014 edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations (8 pages, PDF), the nation’s 86,192 private and community foundations held $715 billion in total assets in  Read More »

Doing well at doing good: Why there’s more to giving than checkbook philanthropy
October 22, 2014

Survey findings Virtually everyone gives—but few believe their giving is effective Women and men approach giving differently Millennials are redefining philanthropy Thoughtful planning drives confidence in giving Most investors happily embrace—and act on—the impulse to give back. But a survey of high net worth investors reveals a common thread of uncertainty about the effectiveness of  Read More »

How America Gives
October 9, 2014

As Wealthy Give Smaller Share of Income to Charity, Middle Class Digs Deeper Using the IRS data, The Chronicle was able to track gifts to charity at the state, county, metropolitan-area, and ZIP code levels. The data were for gifts to charity among taxpayers who itemize deductions on their tax forms. It captured $180-billion that  Read More »

Gifts to Yarnell Hill Fire Funds Total $1.2 Million
July 1, 2014

More than $1.2 million has been contributed to the Arizona Community Foundation’s Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund and Yarnell Memorial Scholarship Endowment by individuals, donor funds of ACF and its affiliated Yavapai County Community Foundation, private foundations, and businesses. To date, gifts to the Yarnell Disaster Relief Fund total about $750,000. Major contributors include the Nina  Read More »

Arizona Grantmakers Forum 2013 Annual Report
June 17, 2014

View our Annual Report – outlining 2013 program highlights, partnerships, financials and our Board of Directors. Visit the Organization Info/Annual Reports page to view the report.

Giving USA 2014 Report Highlights

Giving USA: The Annual Report on Philanthropy is the seminal publication reporting on the sources and uses of charitable giving in the United States. For 59 years, fundraisers, nonprofit leaders, donors and volunteers, scholars, and other individuals who work in or with the charitable sector have counted on Giving USA to provide the most comprehensive  Read More »

Have Foundations Recovered From the Great Recession?
June 10, 2014

The answer seems straightforward. According to a preview of the forthcoming edition of Key Facts on U.S. Foundations, estimated foundation giving reached nearly $55 billion last year, a record. That was close to $8 billion more than in 2008 — the peak year for foundation giving before the economic downturn. Even after adjusting for inflation,  Read More »

ACF Establishes Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund
May 23, 2014

The Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with its affiliated Sedona Community Foundation and Flagstaff Community Foundation, has established the Slide Fire Disaster Response Fund, and has seeded the fund with $10,000. In alignment with ACF’s focus on sustainable solutions, the Fund will address post-fire recovery, repair and community rebuilding efforts. These needs may include environmental  Read More »

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Launch Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge
May 14, 2014

This week, at the American Red Cross national headquarters, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden joined Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill, Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, senior government officials, military leaders, and foundation executives from across the country to announce the Philanthropy-Joining Forces Impact Pledge. The pledge – initiated by  Read More »

Register to vote with this quick tool
May 9, 2014

Register to vote

In order for you to cast your vote come election time, you need to be registered to vote. This quick form will allow you to complete the necessary information in order to generate a voter registration form which you will then print out and sign. Nonprofit VOTE’s voter registration tool makes registering to vote fast  Read More »

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Announces New President and CEO
April 14, 2014

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Announces Dr. Susan M. Pepin as New President and CEO The Board of Trustees of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust announced today that Dr. Susan M. Pepin, nationally recognized medical educator, clinician, and researcher, will become the next president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, effective July 28, 2014. Dr. Pepin currently serves as Associate  Read More »

The Next Generation of American Giving
April 10, 2014

All generations are not created equal. Are you optimizing your outreach and fundraising to connect with each group? One thing that remains constant: fundraising is about people connecting with people. The growth of your mission is a direct result of the investment in your cause. Click here to view The Next Generation of American Giving YouTube  Read More »

Flinn Foundation report charts latest progress for Arizona bioscience sector
April 8, 2014

Arizona’s bioscience industry now has 106,846 jobs generating an average wage of $62,775, which is 39 percent higher than the private-sector average, according to the Flinn Foundation’s bioscience roadmap released today. “Arizona is now known as a top emerging bioscience state,” said Jack Jewett, president and CEO of the Flinn Foundation. “But we have far  Read More »

Small-Fry Family Foundations
March 31, 2014

Up against big names such as the Case Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, local philanthropists and their family foundations have a hard time getting noticed. IT’S THE GIFT that keeps on giving—the steady flow of donations from family foundations. But for many retirees running them, it’s getting harder to get people to  Read More »

Foundation Assets Reach Highest Level Since Downturn
March 24, 2014

A strong stock market helped boost the assets last year of the Gates, Hewlett, and other big foundations to their highest levels since the Great Recession gutted endowments six years ago, according to a new Chronicle survey. America’s biggest foundations are unveiling a range of new grant programs to deal with complex challenges like income  Read More »

Gifts Surge From the Wealthiest U.S. Donors
February 10, 2014

The Chronicle’s ranking of the 50 donors who give the most to charitable causes shows that the wealthy contributed $7.7-billion in 2013; 4 percent more than in 2012. Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan were the most generous philanthropists in 2013, and the youngest ever to top The Chronicle’s Philanthropy 50 list. Gifts by living donors  Read More »

AGF Proudly Partners with the Alliance of AZ Nonprofits for AZ Gives Day
February 3, 2014

AGF is proud to once again partner with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits around Arizona Gives Day 2014. Arizona Gives Day is a day for Arizonans to come together to show support for the state’s nonprofits in 24 hours. On April 9, 2014, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, supporters of Arizona’s nonprofits will go  Read More »

AGF Welcomes New Board Leadership and Members
December 19, 2013

Arizona Grantmakers Forum has elected Belen Gonzalez, Program Officer at the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, as AGF Board Chair for 2014, as well as elected three new board members to serve on the AGF Board of Directors in 2014. “I am excited to welcome Belen Gonzalez as our new board chair. She has served on  Read More »

Welcome to AGF, Emily!
December 13, 2013

AGF welcomes Emily Knuerr as our Member Services and Communications Associate. She will be managing the AGF website, producing our e-newsletters and program invitations and handling our social media posts, as well as providing program support.

Congratulations to Gene D’Adamo, the new CEO of NMPCT!
November 25, 2013

Gene D’Adamo, Vice President of Community Relations for The Arizona Republic, Channel 12 and azcentral.com and Board Chair for AGF, will be taking over as President and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. D’Adamo will succeed Harriet Ivey, 64, who will retire in January. Ivey has been the only CEO of the trust,  Read More »

800 Nonprofits Share Almost $1 Million
April 1, 2013

The Nonprofit Times covered the results of the first ever Arizona Gives Day on March 20, 2013. Arizona Grantmakers Forum was a co-organizer of the event and  President & CEO Marissa Theisen discusses the successes of the event, plus lessons learned that will make next year’s event an even bigger success. “We had two statewide umbrella organizations,  Read More »

Arizona Gives Day: Local nonprofits benefit from massive fundraiser
March 21, 2013

Azfamily.com was a great partner for Arizona’s first Arizona Gives Day! You can see live coverage from Arizona Gives Day, as well as an article about the results of the campaign. Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s President and CEO Marissa Theisen is quoted as a co-organizer of the event. “We also know that by giving, you actually  Read More »