In 2014, the Arizona Community Foundation, in partnership with Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy initiated The New Arizona Prize, a philanthropic prize competition.

The New Arizona Prize was conceived as a philanthropic initiative to create the Arizona of tomorrow, a place where innovation thrives, where ingenuity is supported, and where the best thinking is harnessed to create long-term solutions to persistent needs. 

Announcing the Common Good Challenge

The Common Good Challenge embraces the idea that society is stronger when people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences work together to develop meaningful solutions to complex problems.

At a time when significant attention is paid to breakdowns in civil discourse and persistent pressures on our democracy, this competition honors and invests in projects that advance dialogue and cooperation across social, economic, political, racial, and other boundaries to solve specific community challenges.

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Past challenges

Housing Security Challenge Winner: East Valley Home Sharing Program

The Housing Security Challenge is the fourth philanthropic prize competition offered under The New Arizona Prize banner.

With an award of $250,000 to the top collaborative team, the Housing Security Challenge offered an opportunity for teams to develop solutions that can help create a new generation of innovation around affordable housing.

The winning team, the East Valley Home Sharing Program, was announced on at a virtual event on May 26

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The first challenge was aimed at rewarding a strategy to raise the public’s consciousness of the looming water issue. Learn more about the Water Consciousness Challenge.

The second challenge focused on inspiring entrepreneurs to showcase the development of products, services, and businesses that would facilitate more efficient water use. Learn more about the Water Innovation Challenge.

The third challenge encouraged artists to design a temporary public art project that emphasizes the historical importance of water to life in the Valley of the Sun. Learn more about the Water Public Art Challenge.

In memoriam of Sue Clark-Johnson

The New Arizona Prize would not have been possible without the committed leadership of Sue Clark-Johnson, who passed away in January 2015.

Sue was president and publisher of The Arizona Republic for many years before being tapped to lead Gannett Media's newspaper division in Washington, D.C. Following her retirement, Sue returned to Arizona and served as Executive Director for Morrison Institute for Public Policy and was elected to the Arizona Community Foundation's Board of Directors.

Sue was able to unite these three organizations to create The New Arizona Prize, and while she was not with us to see the winner of the first challenge, her legacy lives on with each compelling innovation.