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 — 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]

Arizona Gives Day 2019 Results Are In! 

by Jennifer Purcell

Arizona Gives Day is an annual statewide day of giving that invited Arizonans to donate to their favorite local causes during a 24-hour period on April 2, 2019. This year’s Gives Day raised a record total of more than $3.6 million for more than 650 nonprofits organizations statewide.  Hosted by The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by … [More]

Three Questions with a Board Member: Penny Allee Taylor

by Penny Allee Taylor

Penny Allee Taylor Company: Valley of the Sun United Way Job Title: Chief Public Policy Officer What drew you to the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits board?  When I joined Valley of the Sun United Way, there were members of our team who participated in a variety of programs that were offered. I began participating in their committees and found organizations that had similar … [More]