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 | X/Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn. For Piper Trust’s Annual Financial Report: Fiscal Year Ending March 2022, visit FY2022

Media Contact:

Karen Leland, | 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 (, 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 (

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 ( 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 or

Karen Johnson,

Laura Capello,

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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.

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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.


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Transform Arizona

8th Annual Luncheon, Transform Arizona - Change Agents in Action
Join us for a plated luncheon and interactive conversation on how grants professionals leverage their positions and skills around a set of principles and values to operationalize equity and amplify collaboration in philanthropy.

AZ Impact for Good is proud to announce the 8th annual Transform Arizona luncheon is back! Transform Arizona will be held at The Parsons Leadership Camp at South Mountain on Thursday, November 7, featuring a new theme, Courage in Practice. Join us for a plated luncheon featuring keynote speaker Dolores Estrada, Chief Operating Officer at PEAK Grantmaking.  

Transform Arizona’s topic is “Change Agents in Action.” 

Early Bird Discount ends October 9. Member and group discounts and nonprofit scholarships are available!

Keynote Speaker: Dolores Estrada, Chief Operating Officer at Peak Grantmaking

Schedule Overview

*Schedule is subject to change leading up to the event

A digital program will be provided leading up to the event via email.  

Expand Your Reach

Transform Arizona offers a unique opportunity to get your brand in front of Arizona’s nonprofit and philanthropic audience. Connect with professionals in the social sector uniquely with our sponsorship opportunities! Contact our Chief Impact Officer, Jennifer Purcell, to find ways to share your products and services with nonprofit staff, board members, and volunteers. 

Thank you to our 2023 Sponsorship Partners

The Gacia Family Foundation

Salt River Project 

Our New Name and Logo is Here!

AZ Imapct for Good

We are excited to announce that we officially celebrated the unveiling of our new name and logo at the 2023 UNITE Nonprofit + Grantmaker Conference on August 24 at Mesa Convention Center. Thank you to the more than 650 nonprofits, grantmakers, businesses, civic professionals, and leaders who joined us for this historic event!  

As of August 28, we are excited to be AZ Impact for Good. AZ Impact for Good, formerly known as the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum, announced the culmination of an extensive year-long rebranding endeavor. This momentous transformation harmonizes the core tenets of the mission, vision, values, and strategic objectives, propelling a rejuvenated commitment to elevate and empower Arizona’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors across Arizona. 

What you can expect. You will see a change to staff email addresses. All emails sent to and domains will be automatically forwarded to the new addresses. Be sure to save our new website,, but you can expect to be automatically directed to the new website if you use old bookmarks.

Please take a moment to watch our announcement video to learn more.

Video Transcript 
Across the Arizona community, people and organizations are coming together to bring change, awareness, and solutions to build a better future. After many collective years of partnering and connecting with countless nonprofits and grantmakers throughout our state, two organizations merged with a new mission, name, and brand. AZ Impact for Good, uniting nonprofits + philanthropy.


  • 1986 – Arizona Grantmakers Forum founded
  • 2004 – Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits founded 
  • 2013 – Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum partners to launch Arizona Gives Day 
  • 2019 – Arizona philanthropic organizations collaborate to form Arizona Together for Impact 
  • 2022 – Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum officially merge

AZ Impact for Good’s mission is to transform Arizona through education, advocacy, and innovation. AZ Impact for Good represents a commitment to making a difference, a dedication to transforming lives and an unwavering belief that we achieve greatness together. 

AZ Impact for Good is guided by: 

We unite nonprofits and philanthropy to transform Arizona through education, advocacy, and innovation. 

We envision a vibrant and equitable Arizona where all people and living things thrive.

Collaboration • Leadership • Integrity • Inclusivity • Equity • Transparency

Thank you to everyone who made this possible! We appreciate our members and community partners for staying with us during this time of flux and believing in our impact on the sector we serve. And thank you to the Ideas Collide marketing and branding team and the AZ Impact for Good staff and board of directors for dedicating thousands of hours to this process.

Want to help us spread the word? Email to get access to our new media and branding kit.  

Please read the full FAQs below for more details. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a new password to log in to my account? Or to register for events? 
No, usernames and passwords will not be impacted by this change. If you do not have a password or need to reset your password, please use the “forgot my password” feature.

Did staff emails change? What if I use an old email? 
Yes, staff emails have changed. No, your emails will not be lost. All emails will be automatically redirected to our new secure email. You will receive confirmation that your email has been forwarded and provided with the new contact information. 

Please be patient with our team as we make this shift. There will be small details that will need to be addressed. Thank you for bringing them to our attention. Your caring feedback can be sent to

Has the website URL changed? Does it look different? 
Yes, the website will be automatically redirected to our new secure domain, The website will have a new logo on August 28. The website content will be updated throughout 2023. To reflect the new organization and rebrand, a full website redesign is planned and will be completed by 2025. 

Please be patient with our team as we make this shift. There will be small details that will need to be addressed. Thank you for bringing them to our attention. Your caring feedback can be sent to

Why did the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum decide to rebrand? 
In 2022, after many years of collaborating, partnering, and connecting nonprofits and grantmakers, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum merged. With the merger, we will unleash the power of transformation throughout our communities. And we know that this new brand is the first of many transformative changes to connect Arizona’s most passionate givers to Arizona’s most impactful causes. Read the full merger announcement here.

What is the goal of the rebrand? 
The goal of the rebrand is to reflect the new focus and strategic direction of the new organization.  

What does this mean for membership? 
You can expect more inclusive membership models connecting members with more resources and benefits than ever before. Members will be appropriately informed of any changes to their membership, including benefits and investment levels, when these new options are announced in Fall 2023. 

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.

News and Info for Nonprofits: Maricopa County Public Health – Sanitation and First Aid Items Available for FREE

Maricopa County Public Health Giving Away COVID Pandemic Prep Items for FREE

Submitted by: Maricopa County Public Health

Throughout the COVID pandemic, Maricopa County Public Health has provided PPE to long-term-care, physicians, schools, charitable organizations, etc.   We’re currently in the process of demobilizing and need to empty our warehouse.  We have a variety of both current/unexpired and expired items that can still be used, depending on their intended purpose.   As during the pandemic, all items are free of charge, though we MAY ask you to send someone to pick up at our warehouse.   

List of available items: 


  • N95s NIOSH approved (L-188 folding style and L-288 rigid style).  Exp April-June, 2025.
  • Purell Hand Sanitizing Wipes (packages of 1200 wipes).  Exp 12/23.*

*These require a dispenser, which we do not provide (approx. $60).  Note: a single pack of wipes is c. $50.  Price ranges vary depending on supplier. You may view online pricing here.

No Expiration: 

  • Sharps Containers (various sizes), including 2, 3, 8 and 9 gallon.  
  • Band-aids (basic 3” plastic adhesive strips). 

Expired items:

We also have a large volume of expired items, which we’re unable to distribute for medical use.   Facemasks can still be used for general purposes, such as patients, visitors, schools, but not for medical procedures specifically.  We still distribute a large volume of masks to long-term-care for patients/visitors.  Certain items come in a variety of units per case, so we can provide specifics upon request.  All items are in original packaging: 

  • Level 1 medical gowns.
  • Facemasks (3-Ply and ‘surgical’), generally 2000 per case.
  • Touchless infrared thermometers.
  • Face shields.
  • Chemistry-class-style goggles.
  • Uline safety glasses.
  • Zinntex sanitizing wipes (for countertops, etc), 24 cannisters Per Case.
  • Various alcohol-based hand sanitizer that’s beyond its “best by date”.   They come in communal sizes (office size) to keychain style, 1.7 oz pocket bottles, great for distributing at various events.   

If you or any organization you know of is able to take any of the above items, please me know and we’d be glad to help!

For more information please contact:


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News and Info for Nonprofits: Valley Leadership – Apply for Catalyze Class 3 by June 2nd

Leadership Development Opportunity: Catalyze Class 3 – June 2 Deadline

Submitted by: Valley Leadership

Our partner, Valley Leadership, has opened up applications for the third class of their Catalyze program. Catalyze sets up Arizonans to take action in the community, and will help you build a foundation to better understand yourself, your leadership skills and the issues facing Arizona. The program is virtual with in-person events as well. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your leadership skills and make a difference in your community. 

During the program, participants will:

  • Connect (virtually and in-person) with fellow Arizonans who are passionate about the community.
  • Expand their knowledge and perspectives of the issues facing Arizona – and explore them with the people working on them each day.
  • Participate in unique experiences to help navigate challenges in their personal, professional and community life.
  • Engage in personal reflection and development activities to help them understand their personal motivations and skills in context of what they can do for Arizona. 
  • Make a plan for how they’ll make a difference going forward – personally, professionally and as part of VL’s Impact Maker work.

Register for an information session or apply today. The application deadline extension is June 2nd.

We’d love to schedule a time to share more about Catalyze with your organization. Please schedule a time with our Director of Strategic Programming to learn more!

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News and Info for Nonprofits: Listen4Good – DEI & Capacity Building Opportunity – June 1 Deadline

DEI & Capacity Building Opportunity – June 1 Deadline

Submitted by: Listen4Good

Are you looking to accelerate your impact and advance your equity goals? Listen4Good helps nonprofits build high-quality feedback loops and gather client-centered data for decision-making, fundraising, and reporting. Through our rigorous program, we provide 1:1 coaching, deep training, and a lively peer community.

Learn more at and download our free case study and guide here

The deadline to register is June 1.

For more information about Listen4Good, download their informational flyer here.

Or contact Wendy Maldonado at

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