Keeping Pets with Families Is Goal of New Nonprofit Partnership

First-of-its-kind program assists UMOM to keep pets with families at their facilities with supplies, veterinary care and more

Pets are proven to improve the social, emotional, and physical health of their human companions, especially in times of crisis and hardship. When an individual or family is facing the loss of housing, fleeing domestic violence, struggling with chronic illness, job loss, or the death of a loved one, their companion animals are often the only solace and connection they … [More]

Adult Autism Leadership Institute Names Chief Impact Officer

Maureen Casey has been named Chief Impact Officer (CIO) for the First Place Global Leadership Institute, a newly created position supporting the organization’s mission to advance a new generation of housing and community development for adults with autism and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities (A/I/DD). For three years, Casey served as director of The Daniel Jordan … [More]

Statewide Digital Awareness Campaign Addressing Arizona’s Housing Crisis Launches

Home is where it all starts is launching a statewide digital awareness campaign to provide solutions to the state’s housing crisis and make sure every Arizonan has a place to call home. People in Arizona’s healthiest neighborhoods live more than 24 years longer than people in the least healthy neighborhoods. This is largely because it is harder for people in the least … [More]

Nonprofit Launches New ‘Fair Chance’ Program from $500,000 Chase Foundation Grant

Valley of the Sun United Way is forming a new Fair Chance Collaborative to help address the multi-dimensional needs of individuals in the Phoenix metropolitan area who have been involved with the justice system. The Collaborative was catalyzed by a $500,000 investment from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. The new Collaborative will build off existing efforts and explore … [More]

Wildflower’s Nourishing Impact

Cultivating corporate responsibility from seed to table

by Tyler Butler

In the bustling landscape of corporate ventures, Wildflower emerges as a beacon of responsibility, rooted in a commitment to serve not only great food but also the broader community. Founded in November 1996, Wildflower, a family-owned business, has grown to operate 16 restaurants in the Phoenix metropolitan area and Northern Arizona, with an additional bread manufacturing … [More]

Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Employees Support Pinal County Communities

by Mike Hunter

The HERO, SALUTE and SAVVY committees at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino embraced the giving spirit throughout 2023. During 2023, the HERO committee and Business Impact Groups combined organized and/or participated in more than 55 events. Employees personally donated more than $10,000 and volunteered countless hours to support causes and organizations in need. Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino … [More]

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Announces New CEO

The Board of Directors for the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, a Scottsdale-based nonprofit supporting the largest urban land preserve in North America, announced the appointment of Amanda Hofmann-Handy, Ed.D., as the new CEO. Dr. Hofmann-Handy, who took up the organization’s helm on March 4, brings nearly two decades of experience as a growth-oriented nonprofit leader as well … [More]

Board of Visitors Awards $50,000 Grant to Support Staff for Senior Living Organization

FSL (Foundation for Senior Living) was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from The Board of Visitors that will be used to support the expenses of a vitally needed member advocate in their ReCreación adult day health program. “We are thankful to receive support from The Board of Visitors as we work to reach more individuals in need of services,” said Tami Bohannon, president and … [More]

Local Coffee Roaster Continues Fundraising Efforts Across the Valley

Since its establishment in 2008, PRESS Coffee, local specialty coffee roaster, has been dedicated to the community. Not only have they stayed committed to providing quality, sustainable coffee to local Arizonans, but for the past six years, PRESS has continued to give back to the community, raising money for numerous non-profits through grand openings, events and their biggest … [More]

Foundation Focused on Community & Health Advancement Takes Action on Food Insecurity

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Foundation for Community & Health Advancement (the Foundation), in partnership with the Arizona Food Bank Network, hosted a Day of Action aimed at addressing food insecurity in Arizona.   About 50 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona employees and community members came together on March 6 at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix, lending their … [More]

Toyota Provides up to $9.3M to Arizona Schools for STEM Programs

Toyota USA Foundation announced grants of up to $9.3 million to prepare Chandler and Tempe students for future careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The collaboration is part of the Driving Possibilities initiative and is a five-year phased rollout of programing in select schools. "Our goal is to increase awareness of future STEM careers while helping … [More]

Credit Union Partners with Foundation, Fostering Growth in Communities

OneAZ Credit Union and the State Forty Eight Foundation announce the launch of a new partnership that aims to uplift and empower small businesses and entrepreneurs across Arizona. As part of this collaboration, OneAZ will serve as the Official 2024 Local Financial Partner of the State Forty Eight Foundation. Additionally, OneAZ President & CEO Brandon Michaels will join the … [More]

RPM Living: A Story of Growth, Values and Corporate Responsibility

Impactful partnerships further efforts to empower and strengthen its communities

by Tyler Butler

In 2002, Jason Berkowitz founded RPM Living in Austin, Texas, managing a mere 10 units. Today, this real estate powerhouse has extended its influence far beyond its origins, making a significant impact in Arizona, emerging as a vital force in the region's growth and well-being. With a portfolio now spanning more than 180,000 units across more than 45 markets, RPM Living has … [More]

Students’ Chronic Absenteeism Is a Growing Issue

Impacts Arizona’s business health and economy

by Dawn Gerundo

Chronic absenteeism among Arizona students has steadily increased since the COVID-19 pandemic, putting students and our future Arizona leaders at risk. Chronic absenteeism increased from 14% in 2019 to 34% in 2022, according to data from the Arizona Department of Education. When a K-12 student misses 10% or more of the school year, they are considered chronically absent. This … [More]

Over Easy Donation Helps #LovePup Foundation

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based breakfast concept Over Easy raised $12,697 for the #LovePup Foundation through a year-long fundraising effort that concluded in December 2023, donating to the foundation $1 for every seasonal dish purchased throughout 2023. The funds raised by Over Easy will be allocated to furthering #LovePup’s mission of helping homeless dogs in the area find their forever … [More]

Plexus Worldwide Combats Food Insecurity

by Mike Hunter

Plexus Worldwide, a leading health and wellness company, achieved the milestone of 40 million meals donated to families experiencing food insecurity through its Nourish One® initiative by the start of this year. This partnership with Feeding America® and global partner, Mary’s Meals, has assisted the delivery of meals to affiliated food banks since 2018 through the purchase of … [More]

ElevateEdAZ Program Works to Close the Gap for Upward Economic Mobility

              ElevateEdAZ was awarded a grant for $308,000 from A for Arizona, an organization with a laser focus on creating a system where every K-12 student can achieve a future without limits by providing access to high-quality schools and learning environments in every community. Funds from the grant will be used to … [More]

New Pathways for Youth Joins Forces with Nonprofit Coalition to Champion Arizona’s Young People

New Pathways for Youth, a leading non-profit dedicated to empowering Arizona's youth, is proud to announce its participation in the Nonprofit Youth Advocacy Coalition (NYAC). This collaborative group of passionate organizations unites to amplify the voices of youth and families while working with legislators to advocate for critical support systems. "At New Pathways for … [More]

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