Don’t Put Charitable Giving on Your New Year’s Resolution List

by Kristen Merrifield

Gasp … Did I really just tell you to not put giving on your list of resolutions? Yes, indeed, I did. But why? New Year’s resolutions are a great way to inspire, nay force, yourself to do something good to improve yourself or those around you. Lose ten pounds, complain less, read a book a… [More]

Fundraising Goes Hand in Hand with Nonprofit Board Membership

by Nancy Grace

Fundraising is an essential part of a nonprofit board member’s work. Yet for many, the very thought of asking others for money makes them want to run for the hills! Meanwhile, most nonprofit CEOs say that what they need most from their board is help in expanding the number of individual donors, connections in the… [More]

On The Board and In The Spotlight

by Suzanne Walden-Wells

Name: Suzanne Walden-Wells Company: DMB Job Title: Director of Community Life – Eastmark Board: Arizona Citizens for the Arts Board Title: Finance Committee Chair How long have you served on this board? I am in my third year. What drew you to this organization? My interest in and passion for the arts was certainly a motivating factor, but just as… [More]

Unintended Consequences of Minimum Wage Increase on Arizona’s Nonprofit Sector 

by Stuart Goodman

While the phrase “unintended consequences” is often used to describe unwanted legislative outcomes, the recent enactment of Prop. 206, relating to increasing the Arizona minimum wage, was a self-inflicted wound by an unsuspecting electorate. Briefly, beginning on January 1, 2017, Prop. 206 will increase the statewide minimum wage from $8.05 per hour to an hourly… [More]

High School Students Venture Beyond School Walls to Make Big Plans for the Future

by Brandi Devlin

When students from ASU Preparatory Academy cross North 7th Street and walk into APS’s downtown Phoenix headquarters, they’re taking their first steps into the professional world, and APS employees are there to guide the way. Through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, high school juniors and seniors from the school are… [More]

One-Stop-Shop for Connecting to Nonprofits

by Kristen Merrifield

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is excited to unveil its brand-new website and online nonprofit community! Our goal was to create an online platform that would allow the nonprofit sector to connect with each other, but to also promote opportunities for meaningful interaction with the business community and general public. You can now visit the… [More]

Your Business and Arizona Gives Day

by Jennifer Purcell

Arizona is home to more than 20,000 nonprofits providing services we rely on every day. Our nonprofits create safe places to learn, live and fulfill dreams. They enrich our lives through arts and culture, and protect our natural wonders, cultural heritage and human dignity. In order to strengthen and sustain Arizona’s nonprofit community, Arizona Gives… [More]

Working with Nonprofits

by Carol Farabee, Kevin Johnson and Rick Dircks

Carol Farabee CEO Farabee Publishing Helping others defines who you are. I have worked with nonprofits for the past 15 years as a leader, volunteer and board member. We can use the knowledge we have and step outside ourselves to give to others. The rewards are great, and the connections you make are solid and… [More]

Arizona Nonprofits: Economic Power, Positive Impact

by Carl Jimenez

In order to successfully run their organizations, nonprofit professionals must also be savvy business professionals. Many Arizonans assume that most nonprofits rely entirely on philanthropic contributions, while, in fact, more than 72 percent of nonprofit income is, actually, earned revenue. Nonprofits often generate earned revenue through activities related to their mission, such as arts organizations… [More]

Shark Tanks and Cat Drawings

by Kristen Merrifield

A favorite pastime at our house is watching the popular television show “Shark Tank,” where real-life entrepreneurs have the opportunity to receive investments from billionaire investors, called “The Sharks.” At first our two boys, aged 12 and 13, were bored to tears and begged us to switch back to their adored anime cartoons. However, over… [More]