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Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Grantmakers Forum Wins 2023 Gold Circle Award for Excellence in Association Communications from ASAE

(PHOENIX), (AZ), (June 12, 2023) — The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum announced today it has been recognized by ASAE with a 2023 Gold Circle Award in the E-Newsletter category. The Gold Circle Awards competition is the premier association marketing, membership, and communications award that recognizes excellence, innovation, and achievement in association/nonprofit marketing, membership, and communications programs. This year’s competition received more than 150 applications across 16 categories, including convention/meeting campaign, member retention campaign, print magazine, and video. 

 “We are incredibly proud to receive the 2023 Gold Circle Award for our IDEA(s) in Motion Newsletter. This recognition underscores the significance of creating a platform that fosters inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within the nonprofit sector,” said Angela Palmer, Vice President, Organizational Equity and Special Projects.  “Our goal was to provide a valuable resource for nonprofits in Arizona, helping them understand the importance of equity initiatives and take action within their organizations. Winning this award, affirms the impact we are making and inspires us to continue our mission of empowering and supporting the nonprofit community.” 

 The IDEA(s) in Motion Newsletter was conceived around the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s commitment to serving the nonprofit and philanthropic communities with a focus on inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). The organization’s leaders wanted to establish a way to share information and best practices around IDEA with the membership in an approachable way that was interesting and compelling. The goal was to serve as a key source of information on how to include IDEA practices in the daily operations of a nonprofit.  A key reason why the newsletter is well-read and shared is because it is personalized and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Grantmakers Forum emphasizes resources from multiple modalities so it is engaging and relatable for the diverse types of learners and readers.   

“We have worked to meet nonprofits and grantmakers wherever they are at their IDEA journey,” said Palmer.  “The newsletter has evolved over time and now includes information about our IDEA trainings as well as those that we partner with at a local and national level.   

Entries for the Gold Circle Awards competition are judged consistently in each category based on criteria established by the ASAE Gold Circle Award Committee for excellence in association marketing, membership, and communications programs.  

“I am thrilled to extend my congratulations to the winners of the 2023 ASAE Gold Circle Awards,” said Diana Dabdub, CAE, Director of Admissions & Recruitment Affairs at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges and Chair of the ASAE Gold Circle Awards Committee. “The Gold Circle Awards recognize and highlight the significant role that marketing, membership, and communications association professionals play in promoting and supporting the growth of associations and their members. This year, the Gold Circle Awards categories have been updated to encourage and promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in campaign development. The winning campaigns showcase innovation, collaboration, creativity, and thoughtful incorporation of the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility perspective in their design and implementation.” 

For more information on the winners, visit Gold Circle Awards.  


About Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Grantmakers Forum  

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a trusted statewide resource and advocate for the state’s nonprofit and philanthropy communities following the merger with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum in August 2022. The merged organization leverages the combined strengths of two important, credible and respected statewide associations to maximize value for members and advance the sector through more effective collaborations. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and it is comprised of more than 1,100 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives. For more information, visit or email  


About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership 

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 48,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Since it was established 100 years ago, its members have and continue to lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. With the support of the ASAE Research Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge, and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession and provides resources, education, ideas, and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. Visit ASAE at  

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