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ACF announces leadership departure

Longtime ACF executive accepts new post at ASU


The Arizona Community Foundation announces the departure of Chief Philanthropy Officer Jacky Alling who left the foundation on March 31 to take on a new role as the first-ever Senior Fellow for Philanthropy at Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation.

Alling will serve in an adjunct faculty appointment under the ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions. In this role, she will grow the ASU Lodestar Center’s PhilanthropyMatters programming; serve as a resource to the staff team, Leadership Council, and university on how to add value to the philanthropic culture of Arizona and beyond; and aid the Center in its mission to build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.

“We are delighted that Jacky’s expertise, experiences, and strong relationships in philanthropy will substantially bolster our Center’s efforts to meet our mission,” said Dr. Robert Ashcraft, executive director of ASU’s Lodestar Center and the Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise in the School of Community Resources and Development. “Having Jacky in this important role enhances all that we aspire to be and do through the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions and especially so related to the role of philanthropy to enhance community well-being,” Ashcraft added.

Alling’s impact on ACF has been remarkable. Over 17 years, she collaborated with many community leaders to design and implement some of the foundation’s most innovative programs, including: Affordable Housing Predevelopment Loan Fund; Community Impact Loan Fund; New Arizona Prize; The Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts; Black Philanthropy Initiative; Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy; Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy; and, most recently, the AZ Together for Impact Fund, a collaboration among many Arizona foundations. Key to ACF’s growth in rural Arizona, Alling was instrumental in establishing and staffing the Affiliate Roadmap Task Force that reimagined the foundation’s affiliate network. She also led the co-founding of the Arizona Endowment Building Institute (AEBI), an important accomplishment in advancing the local nonprofit sector and catalyzing ACF’s work with nonprofit organizations across the state.

“Jacky worked tirelessly to advance our mission by mobilizing and supporting donors, overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to thousands of organizations, and bringing in hundreds of new donors to ACF,” said Steve Seleznow, ACF President & CEO. “She will now bring her considerable wisdom, experience, and talent to hundreds of others who are leading foundations, studying philanthropy, or seeking to enter the nonprofit and philanthropic sector.”

The Arizona Community Foundation continues to grow at unprecedented levels. Assets under management were $903 million at the end of its previous fiscal year. As this fiscal year ended on March 31, ACF total assets will have grown by at least $300 million, increasing assets under management to over $1.2 billion. With this growth, ACF is constantly adapting to a changing marketplace, changing conditions, and the special needs of its growing donor base. The organizational structure continues to evolve based on the goals established by ACF’s current strategic business plan.

Additional organizational changes will be announced in the coming weeks.

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