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 the Satterberg Foundation, the Alliance will coordinate programs in Flagstaff and Northern Arizona that include:

  • Advocacy roundtables; 
  • Nonprofit Summits providing timely, relevant information and education about important issues impacting local nonprofits; and
  • Networking and information-sharing events, as well as information about membership benefits. 

These opportunities are in addition to Business on Board, a program already offered in Flagstaff that prepares professionals and community members for participation on nonprofit boards of directors and offers a refresher course for current board members and organization leaders.

“Providing access to these resources and programs reflects the growing number of nonprofits doing great work in Northern Arizona,” said Alliance CEO Kristen Merrifield. 

The Alliance also diversified its ability to engage, prepare and grow nonprofit leadership by adding the Organization for Nonprofit Executives (ONE) as an Alliance program. Michael Barry, who had served as ONE’s executive director, is managing ONE programming and also is handling responsibilities as the Alliance’s new Director of Capacity Building. 

Alliance Board Chair Kelly McCullough said that “bringing ONE under the Alliance umbrella offers both strategic opportunities and enhanced benefits for our members and creates significant efficiencies. It also underscores our belief that permanent supportive collaborations like this one pay tremendously diverse dividends both financially and in practical application.”

As Director of Capacity Building, Barry will be responsible for developing and managing existing and new Alliance educational programs, trainings, events and capacity building resources throughout the state.

To accommodate the organization’s administrative growth, the Alliance has moved to a new office that provides additional office space and conference-room capabilities not possible in its previous location. The new address is 333 E. Osborn, Suite 245, in Phoenix. 

Currently, Alliance staff is working remotely due to COVID-19 and will operate out of the new office at the appropriate time.

For information about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, visit

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