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

            The first Summit session, Wednesday, Sept. 1, will focus on Revisiting What Matters: Opportunities for Growth in Times of Change. Congressman Raul Grijalva will make introductory remarks about the importance of nonprofits in communities across the state and their essential role in a community’s resiliency.  He will be followed by keynote speaker Jenny Flynn, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, who will address the uncertainties and opportunities of the moment for the nonprofit sector.

            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 Yuma, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, La Paz, Graham, Greenlee and Cochise counties.

            Congressman Grijalva and Flynn will speak from 4-5 p.m.  An Ask the Expert and Networking session will follow from 5-5:30.

Other Summit days include:

Wednesday, Oct. 6: Finding, Onboarding and Retaining Volunteers – A Panel Discussion.  Nonprofit professionals will discuss how they continue to engage their volunteers and see programmatic success.

• Discussion topics 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 are:

• Stacey Scarce, Executive Director, Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry, Safford

• Jeff Hageman, Second Chance Equine Rescue, Coolidge

• Leslie Pike, Manager of Programs and Volunteerism, Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson.


Wednesday, Nov. 3: Engaging Volunteers in Your Fund Development Program. Effective fund development programs engage volunteers because they give us credibility, provide specialized skills sets, expand the circle of influence, and improve the cost of fundraising. But working with volunteers is a skill itself and many organizations struggle to successfully engage volunteers in the philanthropic process. This workshop is designed to help you identify strategies for building a strong core of volunteer fundraisers – and raise more money to meet your mission.

• Topics include:

·       Understand the value and importance of using volunteers in fundraising

·       Identify specific fundraising roles for volunteers in your organization

·       Identify qualities and skills to look for while recruiting your fundraising volunteers

·       Learn how to effectively support your fundraising volunteers, including board members

Leading the discussion will be Laura Alexander, Consultant, Alexander | Carrillo Consulting, Tucson


Wednesday, Dec. 1: Effective Marketing Strategies in Southern Arizona.  Three nonprofit marketing experts will discuss the most current trends.

• Topics 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. 

• Speakers are:

• Holly Rokoci, Executive Director, Casa Grande Main Street, Casa Grande

• Annette Lagunas, Executive Director, Humane Society of Yuma

• Elva De La Toree, Executive Director, KXCI Community Radio


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 sponsor is Your Part-Time Controller.

            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