The Nonprofit/For-Profit Connection: ICAN and Intel 

by Elizabeth Shipley

The City of Chandler is known as a high-tech industrial city and a great place to live. What you might not know is that in the Downtown Chandler area, many families struggle to provide for their children and keep them safe from local gangs. For the last 25 years, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth, a… [More]

Working With Nonprofits

by Dave Binsfeld, Brian Walker, Beth Jo Zeitzer

There are many ways for a business to contribute to our great nonprofit enterprises. Some of the simplest ones are writing a check or gifting goods and services. One way we help nonprofits is by working with them and taking the time to guide them in the world of risk management. In most cases, the… [More]

Impact of Minimum Wage Law

by Connie Phillips

The impact of the new minimum wage law continues to unfold. The average of wages prior to Prop 206 was $9.25, 15 percent over the previous minimum wage. We will incur another 5 percent increase in 2018, 4.8 percent in 2019 and 9.1 percent in 2020 to get to the full $12 rate. Small increases to… [More]

Is Your Business on Board?

by Kristen Merrifield

One of our strategic initiatives at the Alliance is to strengthen the connection, collaboration and coalescence of the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Having previously served the small-business community in my role at the Arizona Small Business Association, I understand the importance of these connections in so many aspects. We have begun to expand our programs… [More]

Onboarding Leadership Volunteers for Success

by Deb Dale

I am a nonprofit fundraising consultant, and I am also a board member. If you are, too, then you, like me, probably want to succeed and be a “good board member.” But what exactly does that mean? In our professional practice, we often hear leadership bemoan, “Our board isn’t doing anything.” To which we respond,… [More]

The Nonpartisanship of Nonprofits

by David Martinez III

It has been 50 years since John van Hengel encountered a woman with her children in line at a soup kitchen in Phoenix. Heartbroken by the sight, he struck up a conversation with her and learned she had resorted to “dumpster-diving” behind grocery stores to put food on her table. It was that conversation that… [More]

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]