The Nonprofit/For-Profit Connection

by Neil Baier

Crescent Crown Distributing and Mesa Arts Center (MAC) may seem like unlikely partners at first, but when you think about it, events and entertainment almost always include an option of enjoying beer, and the making of beer is an art form in itself. From year to year, our partnership changes, but always with an eye… [More]

At Your Service

by Robin Hanson

America’s greatness comes from the extraordinary acts of ordinary citizens. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) makes America great by empowering citizens to solve local problems, expanding economic opportunity, encouraging personal responsibility and strengthening civil society. Based on principles of local control, competition and public-private partnership, CNCS is a cost-effective investment in America’s… [More]

Arizona Gives Day 2017 Results Are In

by Jennifer Purcell

Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide day of giving that invited Arizonans to donate to their favorite causes during a 24-hour period on April 4, 2017. This year’s Gives Day raised over $2.5 million for nonprofits across our state. And the total is still being tallied to include matching grants and other offline donations. Hosted… [More]

Working With Nonprofits

by Carl Jimenez

Alan Langston, 24th Street Conference Center A family member has been the COO of a local nonprofit for 20 years, so I have a very personal understanding of the financial challenges many nonprofits face. The 24th St. Conference Center helps nonprofits needing space for training, classes or board meetings through reduced rates, as well as… [More]

Aha Moments about the Economic Power of Nonprofits 

by Laurel Kimball

Those moments when you suddenly see something familiar in a new light — those aha moments — have been plentiful across the state since the “Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact” report was released just over a year ago, in March 2016. In more than 18 presentations and 38 articles about the Seidman Institute’s research,… [More]

Don’t Put Charitable Giving on Your New Year’s Resolution List

by Kristen Merrifield

Gasp … Did I really just tell you to not put giving on your list of resolutions? Yes, indeed, I did. But why? New Year’s resolutions are a great way to inspire, nay force, yourself to do something good to improve yourself or those around you. Lose ten pounds, complain less, read a book a… [More]

Fundraising Goes Hand in Hand with Nonprofit Board Membership

by Nancy Grace

Fundraising is an essential part of a nonprofit board member’s work. Yet for many, the very thought of asking others for money makes them want to run for the hills! Meanwhile, most nonprofit CEOs say that what they need most from their board is help in expanding the number of individual donors, connections in the… [More]

On The Board and In The Spotlight

by Suzanne Walden-Wells

Name: Suzanne Walden-Wells Company: DMB Job Title: Director of Community Life – Eastmark Board: Arizona Citizens for the Arts Board Title: Finance Committee Chair How long have you served on this board? I am in my third year. What drew you to this organization? My interest in and passion for the arts was certainly a motivating factor, but just as… [More]

Unintended Consequences of Minimum Wage Increase on Arizona’s Nonprofit Sector 

by Stuart Goodman

While the phrase “unintended consequences” is often used to describe unwanted legislative outcomes, the recent enactment of Prop. 206, relating to increasing the Arizona minimum wage, was a self-inflicted wound by an unsuspecting electorate. Briefly, beginning on January 1, 2017, Prop. 206 will increase the statewide minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to an hourly… [More]

High School Students Venture Beyond School Walls to Make Big Plans for the Future

by Brandi Devlin

When students from ASU Preparatory Academy cross North 7th Street and walk into APS’s downtown Phoenix headquarters, they’re taking their first steps into the professional world, and APS employees are there to guide the way. Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, high school juniors and seniors from the school are… [More]