Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Announces 2023 Class of Piper Fellows

Front Row:  Ryan Corry, Carmen Guerrero, Torrie Taj, Shelby Pedersen, Steve Zabilski (Piper Trust president and CEO).  Second Row:  David Roche, Kate Fassett, Matthew Kasper, Monique Lopez, Dr. Kris Volcheck. 

Nine Piper Fellows selected for their leadership and impact in Maricopa County—all receive Fellowships for study, reflection, and growth.

 

 

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Nine inspiring Maricopa County nonprofit leaders were selected for Piper Trust’s 2023 Class of Piper Fellows. The Fellows are:

  • Ryan Corry, chief philanthropy officer, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (serves individuals and families in central and northern Arizona through facilities across the state; its main campus is located in South Phoenix).
  • Kate Fassett, chief advancement officer, Valleywise Health Foundation (serves predominantly the underserved population in Maricopa County, AZ; its world-renowned Diane and Bruce Halle Arizona Burn Center serves the entire Southwest region).
  • Carmen Guerrero, executive director, Cultural Coalition, Inc. (serves all of Maricopa County, AZ).
  • Matthew Kasper, artistic and general director, Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras (serves all of Maricopa County, AZ—with its youth musicians representing 61 ZIP codes).
  • Monique Lopez, chief operating officer, UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. (serves all of Maricopa County, AZ).
  • Shelby Pedersen, CEO, ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth (serves underserved communities in eastern Maricopa County, AZ, and specifically the downtowns of Chandler and Mesa).
  • David Roche, Dickey Family director and CEO, Heard Museum (located in Phoenix, AZ, and serves local, national, and international audiences).
  • Torrie A. Taj, CEO, Child Crisis Arizona (serves children, youth, and families through multiple locations in Phoenix and through statewide programs).
  • Kris Andrew Volcheck, DDS, founding president and CEO, Brighter Way Institute (located in downtown Phoenix and serves all of Maricopa County, AZ).

The newly selected class becomes part of the larger and enduring Piper Fellows network that is now a community of 111 Fellows. The 2023 Piper Fellows will participate in self-designed professional development “sabbaticals” focused on strengthening leadership skills and exploring renowned programs that can help nonprofits become more effective and resilient.

A Fellowship supports professional development, study, and travel for the Fellow, including an intentional respite activity that allows the Fellow to reflect on learnings. Additionally, the Fellowship supports related professional development for the staff and/or board of a Fellow’s organization. After completing the Fellowship, the Fellow is eligible to apply for an Organizational Enhancement Award to implement learning or programming that emerged as a result of the Fellow’s study. In total, a Piper Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in potential grant awards for a Fellow’s organization.

“Our commitment to supporting nonprofit leadership extends beyond financial contributions. By offering fellowship sabbaticals and access to the robust network of Piper Fellows, we aim to create a life-changing culture of care and empowerment within the sector,” said Steve Zabilski, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “We envision a future where nonprofit executives can lead with vitality, embracing challenges with fresh perspectives and innovative solutions.”

The 2023 Piper Fellows applications were reviewed and selected for recommendation by an external committee, this year comprised of: Darlene Newsom (2011 Piper Fellow; founder of Newsom Nonprofit Consulting), Edmundo Hidalgo (2008 Piper Fellow; community advocate and nonprofit consultant), Julia Patrick (CEO and founder, American Nonprofit Academy), and Brian Spicker (president and CEO, Maricopa Community College District Foundation).

“I was awarded a Piper Fellowship when I was CEO of Chicanos Por La Causa,” said Edmundo Hidalgo, a 2008 Piper Fellow and now community advocate and nonprofit consultant. “The Fellowship gave me the opportunity to dream and think strategically—it was a transformational springboard that helped take me and my organization to the next level. I still draw on the experience today and remain active in the Piper Fellows community,” Hildago said.

Applications will open for the 2024 Class of Piper Fellows in spring 2024.

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust:

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested more than $717 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. For more information, visit pipertrust.org | X/Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn. For Piper Trust’s Annual Financial Report: Fiscal Year Ending March 2022, visit FY2022

Media Contact:

Karen Leland, kleland@pipertrust.org | 480-556-7125
Chief Communications Officer, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

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News and Info for Nonprofits: Why Mentoring Matters for Arizona Youth

Why Mentoring Matters for Arizona Youth

By Karen Johnson, President & CEO of New Pathways for Youth, and Laura Capello, President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Being a kid should be the greatest time of life. With a world of opportunities ahead, young people can focus on their education, build friendships, embark on new adventures, and explore what they want to be when they grow up. 

Yet in many cases, our youth face challenges to a carefree childhood. According to the 2023 Kids Count Data Book (https://assets.aecf.org/m/databook/2023-KCDB-profile-AZ.pdf), 17% of children in Arizona live in poverty and 36% live in single-parent households. They struggle in school, with 69% of fourth graders not proficient in reading and 76% of eighth graders not proficient in math. Post pandemic, the teen suicide rate has increased by 30%, and we know our young people are dealing with loneliness and depression (https://www.azfamily.com/2022/05/20/teen-suicide-we-need-talk-about-whats-killing-our-kids/).

The data has a bright spot, however. Studies from the CDC and Kaiser Permanente have shown that the strongest intervention for young people who have experienced high levels of adversity is a stable nurturing relationship with a caring adult (https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/aces/help-youth-at-risk.html). Mentors can make a real difference in the lives of youth. 

As the leaders of New Pathways for Youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, we have seen firsthand the benefits of mentoring. Young people who are matched with a dedicated adult learn how to build healthy relationships and make positive lifestyle choices; school attendance and academic performance improve; self-esteem and self-confidence grow; communication and interpersonal skills are developed; and risky behaviors are reduced.    

January is National Mentoring Month. We encourage every adult in our community to consider becoming a mentor for a youth, a “Big” to a “Little.” The job description is simple—you need to show up and you need to care. We provide the training necessary and give you any support you may need along the way. We connect you with a young person who needs someone in their life they can count on for guidance and support. 

Ask any of our volunteers what benefits they received from the program and their answers will likely be the same: they got more back than they gave. Mentoring offers you the chance to make an impact, to build connections in the community, to create friendships with fellow volunteers, and to explore all the fun things our Valley has to offer. Perhaps the greatest joy of mentoring comes when you realize you have made a difference in a young person’s life. We can promise you, there is no greater achievement than being the reason that a young person finds their purpose and achieves their full potential.

Ask any of our volunteers what benefits they received from the program and their answers will likely be the same: they got more back than they gave. Mentoring offers you the chance to make an impact, to build connections in the community, to create friendships with fellow volunteers, and to explore all the fun things our Valley has to offer. Perhaps the greatest joy of mentoring comes when you realize you have made a difference in a young person’s life. We can promise you, there is no greater achievement than being the reason that a young person finds their purpose and achieves their full potential.

If your new year’s resolution was to do something meaningful for another person, this is your opportunity. The kids in our community need more mentors. Both of our organizations have long waiting lists of youth who need a caring adult. They need you. The time is now. Become a mentor and help change a life.

To learn more about our organizations, visit www.npfy.org or www.bbbsaz.org

Karen Johnson, kjohnson@npfy.org

Laura Capello, lcapello@bbbsaz.org

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News and Info for Nonprofits: Up Your Fundraising Game With Some Easy Steps To Help You Prepare For GivingTuesday

Up Your Fundraising Game With Some Easy Steps To Help You Prepare For GivingTuesday!

Attention nonprofits!

November 28th is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss out on the incredible opportunity of #GivingTuesday!  Join us as we reveal some tips and tricks to maximize your impact and create a ripple effect of kindness.

1. Announce: Share your plan and goal in a press release or host a virtual community launch party, and start spreading the word about your plans for GivingTuesday on social media. It’s best to announce early to get your community prepared and excited to give.⁠

2. Build a drumbeat: Schedule regular social media messages to talk about your organization’s work and how your community can best support your mission. You can use the Save the Date graphic and sample social media posts available in the toolkit.⁠

3. Match or other Challenge: If you are organizing a fundraising campaign, talk to supporters about providing a match or challenge grant to build extra excitement on GivingTuesday. Talk to supporters about providing a match or challenge grant to build extra excitement on GivingTuesday.⁠

4. Email your supporters: Email your supporters again to remind them that GivingTuesday is coming and specific details about how they can get involved. Check out the sample emails are also available in the toolkit.⁠

To learn more on how to best prepare for GivingTuesday, visit and download the FREE Toolkit for Nonprofits.

Tips written by GivingTuesday.org

Welcome September New + Renewing Members!

Every nonprofit is working hard to create meaningful change in their community. Often, they are doing more with less and need assistance to gain access to important information and resources. As Alliance members, you will have access to an extensive group of member benefits and resources. 

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits  + Arizona Grantmakers Forum thanks you for your continued work in the nonprofit sector. Together, we are making a positive impact in the lives of people within our communities.  

Congratulations to our September new + renewing members! We are so grateful to have you join us!

  • A Mighty Change of Heart
  • Alwun House Foundation
  • Arizona Humanities Council
  • Arizona Lions Vision & Hearing Foundation
  • Arizona Science Teachers Association
  • Arizona Statewide Independent Living Council
  • Audrey’s Angels
  • Bank of America
  • Better Business Bureau Serving the Pacific Southwest Foundation for Education and Entrepreneur Leadership (BBB PacSW FEEL)
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley
  • Canyon Community Alliance
  • Centro Hispano
  • Clearinghouse Community Development Financial Institution
  • Eagles Wings of Grace
  • EPIHAB Phoenix, Inc.
  • Flagstaff Marine League Charities
  • Friends of Flagstaff’s Future
  • General Southwest Insurance Agency
  • George Roskruge & S. Barry Casey Library & Museum
  • Grand Canyon Institute
  • ICAN – Positive Programs for Youth
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • Iskashitaa Refugee Network
  • Justa Center
  • LGN Collaborations
  • Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County
  • Live and Let Live Foundation
  • Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID)
  • MKUU
  • Mutual of America
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • one-n-ten
  • People Who Care
  • PFS Insurance Group
  • Phoenix Center for the  Arts
  • Positive Network Alliance, Inc.
  • Safely Somewhere Foundation
  • Single Fathers Network
  • Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC)
  • Teen Challenge Of Arizona
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • Time Out, Inc.
  • Tucson Atheist Community Outreach Team
  • Two Pups Wellness Fund
  • United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
  • Welcome to America Project (The)
  • Willow Wish

News and Info for Nonprofits: Calling all Arizona Nonprofits, participate in a family event!

Costume parade, activities, movie, and more!

Local nonprofits are invited to apply to become vendors at the upcoming Tempe Parks & Recreation event, Boo Bash! 

Friday, Oct. 27; 6 – 10 p.m.
Kiwanis Parks – North Soccer Fields

The City of Tempe is looking for local groups and nonprofit organizations to host games or food booths at their annal Boo Bash! The event provides families and children of all ages with an enjoyable evening of a costume parade, carnival games, food, entertainment and a screening of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (PG).

Come join in the fun and at the same time help raise money for your organization! It’s simple, have your organization create a fun interactive game that patrons can participate in. Instead of tickets this year and cash handling on premises, we ask that each nonprofit have a digital form of payment. A 10’ x 10’ booth, which includes a tent and lighting, is provided for each booth reserved.

Learn more by reading the interest letter. Applications are due by Friday, Sept. 29 at 5 p.m.

 

 Find more information at tempe.gov/FamilyFun to learn more.

Volunteer Opportunity: Board Member at Sky Island Alliance

Company/Organization Name:

Sky Island Alliance

Position Available:

Board Member

Deadline for applying: 11/30/2023

Organization Mission Type:

Environment & Animals

Organization Mission Statement:

Our mission is to protect and restore the diversity of life and lands in the Sky Island region of the U.S. and Mexico.

Position Type & Location

Other, Hybrid, Arizona and Sonora, MX

Position Duration and Time Commitment 

Board Member

Duration of Position: Ongoing

Commitment Needed: 1-5 hours/month for a term of 3 years

Previous experience is not required/desired.

Contact

Name: Louise Misztal

E-mail address:

louise@skyislandalliance.org

Phone Number: 520.461.7664

Volunteer Opportunity: Board Member at Lifewell

Company/Organization Name:

Lifewell

Position Available:

Board Member

Deadline for applying: 12/31/2023

Organization Mission Type:

Health, Human Services

Organization Mission Statement:

Lifewell aims to provide hope and recovery through our person-centered residential, outpatient, housing and community living programs. We provide integrated healthcare services to low-income adults with behavioral and physical illness and substance use disorders.

Position Type & Location

Other, Hybrid, Phoenix, AZ

Position Duration and Time Commitment 

Board Member

Duration of Position: Ongoing

Commitment Needed: Monthly

Previous experience is required/desired.

Details:

Board members should reflect the following: *Public health interest *Professional financial interest (e.g. accountants or executives with work experience in the financial area such as a CFO, auditor, or lender. *Professional management, business or legal experience. *Active in political or civic organizations. *Expertise in health and welfare administration. *Demonstrative leadership. *Representative of the community.

Contact

Name: Doris Hotz

E-mail address:

dhotz@lifewell.us

Phone Number: 602.599.5420

Welcome June New + Renewing Members!

Every nonprofit is working hard to create meaningful change in their community. Often, they are doing more with less and need assistance to gain access to important information and resources. As Alliance members, you will have access to an extensive group of member benefits and resources. 

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits  + Arizona Grantmakers Forum thanks you for your continued work in the nonprofit sector. Together, we are making a positive impact in the lives of people within our communities.  

Congratulations to our June new + renewing members! We are so grateful to have you join us!

  • A New Leaf
  • A Stepping Stone Foundation
  • Abraham Olakanmi Apata Foundation
  • Administration of Resources and Choices
  • Afri-Soul Education Center
  • Arizona Association for Lifelong Learning
  • Arizona Bleeding Disorders (Arizona Hemophilia Association)
  • Arizona Community Foundation
  • Arizona Dental Foundation
  • Arizona Developmental Services
  • Arizona Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Foundation (AMSAF)
  • Arizona Musicfest
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
  • Beacon Group, Inc.
  • BHHS Legacy Foundation
  • CASCO Financial Group
  • Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Check for a Lump
  • Community Investment Corporation
  • DollarDays International, Inc
  • Dress For Success Phoenix
  • Dsquared Homes for the Homeless
  • Duet:  Partners in Health & Aging
  • Everyone, Inc.
  • Fidelity Foundation
  • First Nonprofit
  • First Things First
  • Five By Five Accounting
  • Foothills Community Foundation
  • Friends of the Children – Phoenix
  • Friends of the SV Animal Shelter, Inc
  • Gabriel’s Angels
  • Gerst Grants & Nonprofit Consulting
  • Good Market
  • Grand Canyon Youth
  • Heritage Square Foundation
  • HonorHealth Foundation
  • Hope 4 Kids International
  • Hopi Foundation (The)
  •  Live and Learn
  • Maricopa Trail & Park Foundation
  • Mentally Ill Kids in Distress (MIKID)
  • Museum Association of Arizona
  • National Tri Caucus Board Development Association-AZ
  • NAU Center for Business Outreach
  • Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona (NMTSA)
  • Northern Arizona Restorative Justice
  • Orchestra Northern Arizona
  • Other Side Ministries
  • Pappas Kids Schoolhouse Foundation
  • Patagonia Regional Aquatics Center
  • Pathfinder Search Ads
  • Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
  • Raise the Bar Consulting
  • Roots & Roads
  • Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre
  • Solari, Inc.
  • Soldier’s Best Friend
  • St Luke’s Home
  • Strategic Tax Planning
  • Tanner Community Development Corporation
  • Tempe Community Action Agency
  • The Arc Of Arizona
  • The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary
  • The Walter Hive
  • Transplant Community Alliance
  • Tucson Medical Center Foundation
  • Valley Assistance Services
  • Valley Leadership
  • Verde Valley Sanctuary
  • Village of the Valley

Savi Student Loan Workshop: Status Update on One-Time Debt Relief

Join this LIVE workshop and Q+A session with student loan experts to discuss the current status of One-Time Debt Relief.

The Supreme Court has officially blocked the Biden-Harris Administration’s One-Time Debt Relief program today, which means The Department of Education cannot proceed with issuing $10-20k in debt relief for borrowers. This news may be disappointing to your employees or members. There may still be other relief options available to them, like Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Savi is hosting a free webinar on Thursday, July 6th at 4pm ET to explain what this decision means for borrowers and to talk about the options they still have. Borrowers can register here. If you are looking for materials to promote this event, reach out to your Savi Account Manager. We’ll be covering:
  • What this decision means for borrowers
  • What other programs are still available to borrowers right now
  • How borrowers should prepare for payments resuming starting in October 2023
  • How Savi can help borrowers find the best options for their loans
 
For more information on our partnership with Savi, please click here.

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 www.arizonanonprofits.org or email angelap@arizonanonprofits.org 

 

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 asaecenter.org