We can’t go back to the future …

by Kristen Merrifield

If you lived through the ‘80s, you will definitely remember an iconic moment from Back to the Future. It’s the moment Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, realizes his future is at risk of never happening as his siblings begin to disappear from a family photo. Much like young Marty, we can’t forget what… [More]

The Nonprofit/For-Profit Connection: AWE Corporate Interiors and Cancer Support Community AZ

by Robin Hanson

As a full-service, woman-owned, office furniture dealership, AWE Corporate Interiors had an idea that would not only help the Cancer Support Community Arizona (CSACZ) — the leader in providing FREE emotional support to anyone impacted by cancer — but would also benefit its manufacturer representatives. Five years ago, Andrea Moseley, president, CEO and owner of… [More]

998, 999, 1,000!

by Robin Hanson

The Alliance was excited to reach a huge milestone in 2017 — reaching 1,000 members! We have experienced tremendous growth, going from 750 members in 2015 to 1,000 in 2017. To celebrate, we gave away $1,000 to three lucky nonprofits at our Annual Conference in September.   Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank provides a number of… [More]

Your Business and Arizona Gives Day

by Robin Hanson

Arizona is home to more than 20,000 nonprofits that provide services we rely on every day. Our nonprofits create safe places to learn, live, and fulfill dreams. They enrich our lives through art and culture, and protect our natural wonders, cultural heritage and human dignity. In order to strengthen Arizona’s nonprofit community, Arizona Gives Day… [More]

On The Board and In The Spotlight: Shaylinn Aleman

by Robin Hanson

Name: Shaylinn Aleman Company: Arizona College Access Network Job Title: Membership Manager Board: Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Board Title: Apprentice Board Member How long have you served on this board? I am in my second year. What drew you to this organization? In 2016, I joined a program called the Manifesto Project, which, essentially, pairs… [More]

The Board’s Role in Advocacy: An Expectation for Engaged Leadership 

by Robin Hanson

Advocacy is a powerful way to leverage the important mission work that your organization does in your community. Board members — as influential community leaders — can help increase the likelihood of your nonprofit’s success by engaging in advocacy. Fundamentally, board members are champions for their missions and have an opportunity to connect their passion… [More]

Moving from a Bored Member to a Board Member

by Kristen Merrifield

As a young professional 10 years ago, I was so excited to join my first board. It was one of those board positions that you just inherit when you get promoted, but you really have no clue what they are doing or why you should care. In my case, it was a city board for… [More]

Breaking Ground, Celebrating Community

by Shannon Clancy

On May 12th, nearly 200 community leaders, donors, volunteers, staff members and other special guests gathered to celebrate a milestone event in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s history — the first groundbreaking on a new building on the campus in more than 25 years. The event celebrated the first step in the construction… [More]

On The Board and In The Spotlight: Shelley Cohn

by Shelley Cohn

How long have you served on these boards? Fortunately for me, I have the honor of serving as the board chair of the Arizona Community Foundation and the board president of the Desert Botanical Garden simultaneously. I have also served as a board member for both of these organizations for more than ten years. What… [More]

“Who Has the Time” and Other Questions on Nonprofit Advocacy

by David L. Thompson

Recently, a prominent nonprofit leader told an audience of people from public charities and private foundations: “Nonprofits have a duty to advocate on behalf of the people who have no voice, to demand social justice.” Many nodded in agreement while others waited for him to get onto something they hadn’t heard before. One audience member… [More]