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            PHOENIX, Ariz. (Aug. 27, 2021): The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has scheduled virtual informational summits for Northern Arizona with prominent speakers from the region on the first Tuesday from September through December from 4-5:30 p.m.

            The first day of the Summit on Tuesday, Sept. 7 will focus on the Circle of Relationships and Promises and features keynote speaker Jim Enote, CEO of the Flagstaff-based Colorado Plateau Foundation. He will discuss the importance of developing relationships among each other and our organizations, finding what we have in common and creating lasting promises to move us forward.

            Enote also will provide insight into the founding of the Colorado Plateau Foundation, his personal story and the asymmetry of power dynamics in philanthropy today. With more than 40 years experience in the protection and stewardship of cultural and natural resources across the Colorado Plateau, Enote saw the need for a Native-led foundation to support the work of tribes and Native-led organizations across the Plateau.

            Enote will speak from 4-5 p.m. with an Ask the Expert and Networking Session to follow from 5-5:30 p.m.

            Cost of the session for members is $25, $35 for individual supporters and $45 for nonmembers.  Cost for all four sessions scheduled in the coming months is $89 for members, $109 for individual supporters and $119 for nonmembers.

            Scholarships are available for nonprofits with headquarters or provide services in Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai counties.

            Other Summit days include:

Tuesday, Oct. 5: Finding, Onboarding and Retaining Volunteers – A Panel Discussion.  Three nonprofit professionals will discuss engaging their volunteers and their programmatic successes. 

Topics of discussion include:

·       Developing volunteer training.  

·       Attracting, engaging, and retaining the right volunteers.  

·       Leadership development for volunteers.  

·       Overcoming the impact of COVID on programming and volunteer populations. 

·       Engaging the board in the volunteer process.  

·       Volunteer to donor pipelines. 

·       Incorporating social justice into programs and volunteer development.

Panelists include:

• Debbie Stephens, Director of Marketing and Donor Development, Payson Senior Center, Payson.

• Lynn Kannianen, Friends of Mohave County Animal Shelter, Kingman.

• Peggy Ricker, People Who Care, Prescott


Tuesday, Nov. 2: Fundraising for People with No Time to FundraiseWhen you have limited staff, it can sometimes feel like you’re on a never ceasing hamster wheel— constantly dealing with the day-to-day demands and seemingly making little progress. But any organization and any size staff can find ways to make the fundraising program more effective, helping to build resources and the case to grow your team. Through real-world examples, we’ll face the challenges of a small shop, provide practical tips on doing more with less, and share thoughts on how to influence investment in your fundraising program.

Panelists include:

• Alice Ferris, GoalBusters Consulting, Flagstaff

• James Anderson, GoalBusters Consulting, Flagstaff


Tuesday, Dec. 7: Effective Marketing Strategies in Northern Arizona.  Join three nonprofit marketing experts to hear about the most current trends. 

Topics of discussion include:

  • How COVID-19 impacted marketing efforts. 
  • Emerging trends in marketing that work in the nonprofit space. 
  • How to combat difficulties in getting messaging to specific audiences. 
  • Board involvement in the marketing function. 
  • Social media strategies. 
  • Social justice messaging. 

Panelists include:

• Robert Starkey, Director of Marketing, River Cities United Way, Lake Havasu City

• Nancy Steele, Executive Director, Friends of the Verde River, Cottonwood

• Kate Hawkes, Co-Founder/Producing Artistic Director, Red Earth Theatre, Sedona.

Sponsorship opportunities are available.  For information, contact Jennifer Purcell, Senior Vice President and Director of Development, at or by calling (602) 279-9166.

The Northern Arizona Summit is sponsored by Vitalyst Health Foundation and Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy Services. Ask The Expert sponsors are Your Part-Time Controller and GoalBusters Consulting.

            For more information about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, visit



• Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040

• Kate Crowley, Crowley Communications, (480) 277-4178

About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit, or email