Remote Control: Changing the Channel on How Work is Structured in a Post-Pandemic World

by Kristen Merrifield

The impact of COVID on our communities has been far reaching and continues to evolve as we move into year two of this global pandemic. It has changed forever the way we view things like human connection, safety, education and even our work. Organizations have had to quickly adapt their service delivery models to a virtual environment, and millions of employees have made their … [More]

Arizona Gives Day 2021 Raises A Record-Breaking $7.1 Million For Statewide Nonprofits

by Jennifer Purcell

Donors in communities across the state came together once again to show their incredible collective and heartfelt support for nonprofit agencies by raising $7.1 million on Arizona Gives Day on April 6, generating $1 million more than during last year’s record-shattering event.  More than 40,000 donations supported 982 nonprofit organizations, both large and small, serving … [More]

Policies, Practices and Procedures That Reflect Your Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Katee Van Horn

I am often asked by organizations, “Where do we start?” when they want to integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into their company culture. There are a lot of places to start on your journey and reviewing your policies, practices and procedures (PPP) is a great one. Think about your employees first. The employee experience and being able to retain top talent should always … [More]

The JEM Foundation Fights for ‘Jake’s Law’ and Wins

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Ben and Denise, founders of the JEM Foundation, lost their son, Jacob Edward Machovsky (JEM), to suicide and vowed to do whatever they could to ensure that no one else lost a loved one in the same way. Jake’s story is, sadly, not uncommon in Arizona. Prior to his death, he had been hospitalized twice in under two months for suicidal ideation. Both times, Jake was released in … [More]

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones Shows Provides Much-Needed Support during COVID-19 

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, or PAL, started in Phoenix in 2006 as a weekly support group but, due to intense demand, grew quickly and became a nonprofit in 2015, fully supported by volunteers. The first paid staff member was hired in 2018 — CEO/Executive Director Kim Humphrey — and now, just a few years later, PAL has 167 meetings in 41 states. The genesis of the … [More]

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Welcomes New Board and Staff Member

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Patti Stoner is the vice president of Human Resources for Grand Canyon Education, formerly part of Grand Canyon University. In this role, she oversees the HR function that supports more than 13,000 employees for GCE, subsidiary Orbis Education and partner Grand Canyon University. With more than 25 years of experience, Stoner has served in an HR leadership or consulting role for … [More]

Supporting Undocumented Students through Scholarship

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Scholarships A-Z was started more than 10 years ago by undocumented individuals and allies as a way of providing resources and support to students who are undocumented and wanting to pursue higher education. The organization is dedicated to the idea that everyone deserves access to higher education, regardless of immigration status. Approximately 2,000 undocumented youth … [More]

The Show Must Go On

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

As with many of the stories we’ve heard over the course of 2020 and into 2021, March of 2020 brought the everyday activities of Greasepaint to a halt — the auditions, the rehearsals, the performances. Everything that makes up Greasepaint’s reason for being. In the spirit of the old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies, Greasepaint and its long-time executive director Maureen … [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 month. Save more ... give more. And yet, many of us find ourselves back to our same … [More]

Big Brothers Big Sisters Finds Solutions to Coordinate Virtual Mentorship

by Laura Capello

Social distancing can be difficult for many reasons, including feelings of isolation, a lack of routine, and not being able to visit with friends. Adults and youth are facing stress-related anxiety due to the lack of regular daily activities and personal interaction. During these difficult times, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has made an effort to fill the gap of … [More]

Keeping Food on the Table

by Merilee Baptiste

At Midwest Food Bank Arizona on the Mesa-Gilbert border, the COVID-19 pandemic took an already busy year and sent it spiraling into crisis mode. As community aid agencies dedicated to feeding those in need experienced a massive spike in requests for assistance and usually reliable supply chains broken down under the stress of the coronavirus, MFB Arizona needed to pivot on a … [More]

Giving Ecards Make Philanthropy Easy

by Jennifer Purcell

In an age when instant gratification is more the norm than giving back and philanthropy, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is hoping to make it easier to change some of this behavior with its new Arizona Gives Giving eCard in 2021. Giving eCards can be purchased on at any dollar amount, for any occasion, and at any time of the year. Purchasers … [More]

Taking an Intentional Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Katee Van Horn

Nonprofits have long supported underserved communities and done great things for communities in need. And while that work continues, there is a change that needs to be made. Nonprofits need to hold up a mirror to themselves and take action around diversity, equity and inclusion in their own organizations. DEI is no longer just a nice-to-have. Research has confirmed there is an … [More]

Continued Advocacy needed for Nonprofit Sector 

by Brandy Petrone

Charitable nonprofit organizations, while nonpartisan organizations by nature and law, are impacted by elections just like other sectors of the economy. Oftentimes, government turns to its private-sector nonprofit partners to help solve issues in their communities, no matter who is in charge.  That makes continued advocacy and engagement by the nonprofit community … [More]

Expecting the Unexpected

by Kristen Merrifield

Planning for the unexpected: Is there really a way to do that? It seems counterintuitive and darn near impossible. How do we as leaders even begin to start to plan for something we do not foresee ever happening? If you had told me in January that we would all be quarantined to our homes for several months, wearing masks when we got out in public and homeschooling our kids, I … [More]

Arizona Gives Day

by Jennifer Purcell

Coming off a record-breaking Arizona Gives Day in 2019 that generated $3.6 million from donors statewide, expectations were sky high for the eighth annual Arizona Gives on April 7. And then came COVID-19. As the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presenting sponsor FirstBank moved closer to Arizona Gives Day 2020, the state — and the country — … [More]

Republic Bank of Arizona Steps Up for Nonprofits during Pandemic

by Karen Vitkovich

When the Paycheck Protection Program launched amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Republic Bank of Arizona made a conscious decision to roll out the welcome mat and do its best to help every Arizona small business and nonprofit organization asking for help. The bank proactively reached out to its existing customers, but went a step further in contacting its fellow Alliance of … [More]

Expect More Arizona 

by Christine Thompson

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare some of the most pressing issues that Arizona schools face every day. While our state’s amazing educators have made every effort to support students and avoid a feared COVID-slide, some challenges have been more daunting than others, making even small wins especially sweet. Food insecurity: While some schools were able to begin online … [More]

Nonprofits Need Funding Now More than Ever

by Len Gutman

The coronavirus pandemic exposed a great many underlying issues across America, perhaps none more eye-opening than the fact that underserved communities were harder hit than most. Minority communities, the poor, the homeless and the elderly all saw more than their share of cases, and the pandemic exacerbated disparities. While most businesses found it difficult to make ends … [More]

Alliance News Updates

by Liz Garlieb

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has completed a series of strategic steps to broaden its reach and impact through advocacy and availability of programming and resources for the state’s more than 20,000 nonprofits. In February, the Alliance opened an office in Northern Arizona under the leadership of new Regional Director Angela Palmer.  With support from a grant from … [More]

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