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 AZGives.org/eCards 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]

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]

Three Questions with a Board Member

by Robin Hanson

What drew you to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits board? First, our foundation is an Alliance member, and I immediately volunteered to serve on the public policy committee. I am impressed with the work the committee does for nonprofits in our state and keeping everyone informed about what is happening on a local, state and federal level and how it impacts our missions. … [More]

Nonprofits: Just Like For-Profit Businesses and Completely Different

by David Thompson, Vice President, National Council of Nonprofits

Many a budding film writer will pitch a movie idea to a producer by saying it’s just like such-and-such blockbuster and completely different. That’s basic marketing to appeal to the familiar and profitable) and the different (perhaps new and improved). The distinctions between for-profit businesses and charitable nonprofits can be described similarly, but for substantive and … [More]

Building Better Nonprofits Builds Healthier Communities

by David Martinez III

No business is an island. Businesses are successful as a community — at least in part as a result of partners and suppliers with whom they work. The nonprofit sector is the same way. There are more than 22,000 registered nonprofits in Arizona. While they are the fifth largest non-governmental employer in the state, fewer than 3,000 nonprofits employ people full- or … [More]

Good Deeds in Spring Lead to Good Vibes All Summer Long

by Kristen Merrifield

May has long been one of my favorite months of the year. The beautiful transition between spring and summer, with temperatures still bearable even in the Valley of the Sun. It’s a time for graduations and celebration of new seasons in life. During my time at the Arizona Small Business Association, we had a month-long celebration during May because it was Small Business Month. … [More]