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]

Moved Beyond Measure

by Kristen Merrifield

The air moving in and out of our lungs is something that, while we cannot see it, moves us — it provides us with critical, life-giving breath that allows us to live and do all the things we love most in life. It even gives us the strength and endurance to confront and overcome life’s most difficult moments. This unseen yet powerful force is always present, yet not often … [More]

Building a Bright Future Together: The Nonprofit Sector & The Arizona We Want

by Sybil Francis

The nonprofit sector plays a critical role in advancing the issues that matter most to Arizonans and helping us realize The Arizona We Want. At the Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA), we are committed to bringing Arizonans together to build a bright future for our state. This commitment is embodied in The Arizona We Want, a shared vision of success around what matters … [More]

Arizona Gives Day 2020 – Invest In Arizona

by Jennifer Purcell

April 7, 2020, will mark the eighth year of Arizonans investing and rallying behind the nonprofit community for Arizona Gives Day, a day of statewide online giving that has raised more than $17 million for Arizona nonprofits. Any qualified Arizona nonprofit can register to participate, and any person can find their cause to donate to at AZGives.org — 365 days a year. Each … [More]

2020 Arizona Legislative Outlook

by Brandy Petrone

While our collective focus turns toward the holidays and the new year, the nonprofit sector also needs to be thinking about the upcoming state legislative session. State lawmakers will be back on the job on January 13th with many issues to tackle, including education, healthcare and transportation. So, what should the nonprofit sector’s New Year’s resolutions be, heading … [More]