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]

Decisions, Dollars and Data, Oh My!

by David Thompson

Businesses of all types, take note: Decisions coming out of Washington, DC in the coming months will affect employment practices and business planning decisions for years to come. For-profit and nonprofit organizations have a vested interest in what comes of proposals from the U.S. Department of Labor on overtime pay and the Department of Commerce on the 2020 census. This is an … [More]

Not a Far Stretch

by Carly Figman

We have been conditioned that combining the words “stretch” and “dollar” is an overreach or unattainable. But what if we change the connotation of how the words are paired together? We have a mission at DollarDays to stretch your dollar so that any need is attainable. With nonprofits, we know an order for a case of soap it isn’t simply bars of soap. They may be part of hygiene … [More]

Leading Discussions about Unconscious Bias

by Krista Watson

As the EEOC Outreach & Education Coordinator for the Phoenix District Office, I am often called upon to lead discussions or provide training in the areas of diversity, EEO sensitivity and awareness, unconscious bias, and microaggressions. While not an expert in any of these areas, I believe I have found ways to lead these discussions so that by the end of a session, … [More]

Employers of National Service Program

by Robin Hanson

Employers of National Service connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with employers from the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Through this initiative, employers have increased access to a dedicated, highly qualified and mission-oriented pool of potential employees, and national service alumni have additional opportunities to apply their skills in the … [More]