Our work in public policy helps ensure that the philanthropic dollars distributed by ACF and our donors can be levered to create systemic change in our communities.

Guided by our mission and philanthropic agenda, and under the leadership of our board of directors, public policy committee, regional advisory boards, and other community leaders, we are committed to driving change within our priority areas.

Public policy priorities

To engage in public policy in a way that is thoughtful and strategic, the Arizona Community Foundation focuses on eight priority areas. Download our public policy priorities [PDF, 1.9MB].

Arts & Culture iconArts & Culture

We believe a thriving arts scene and diverse cultural offerings bring enjoyment to residents and visitors, and are important drivers of our economy. Support for arts and cultural experiences bring life to Arizona communities. 

ACF supports policies that enhance Arizona’s infrastructure to create a vibrant arts and culture community, celebrates a rich history and recognizes and embraces diversity, and creates valuable learning experiences for children and adults.

Community iconCommunity Improvement & Development

We believe safe housing and stable neighborhoods are the building blocks of a healthy community. Housing security is at the heart of the lives and success of all Arizonans. 

ACF supports policies that provide access to affordable housing, promote economic success initiatives for the working-poor, ensure basic needs for Arizona’s most vulnerable populations, promote social justice for all, and build strong communities for all generations.

Environment iconEnvironment & Sustainability

Arizona’s natural resources are among the most highly valued attributes of our state, and a top priority of residents. We believe in protecting these resources so that they can be enjoyed by future generations. 

ACF supports policies that protect, preserve, and responsibly manage Arizona’s natural resources in both urban and rural areas.

Health innovations iconHealth Innovations

We believe the quality of and access to health services are critically important to our shared quality of life. Our investments into disease research, access to healthy food, and health systems contribute to a healthier Arizona. 

ACF supports policies that improve the health and wellbeing of all Arizonans, ensure a strong health care safety net for our most vulnerable populations, and create healthy communities that enhance the quality of life across Arizona.

Quality education iconQuality Education

We believe a quality education system is a significant driver of Arizona’s economic competitiveness and quality of life. With that in mind, we make strategic investments in education and are the largest independent provider of college scholarships for Arizona students. 

ACF supports policies that provide long-term funding solutions for Arizona’s education system from early childhood through college and career readiness. ACF will also support policies that encourage equity and excellence, expand and scale innovative solutions and address high-quality reforms that benefit all Arizona students.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion iconPhilanthropy for All

We believe strong, vibrant, and inclusive communities contribute to economic growth and create a positive quality of life for all Arizonans. 

ACF supports policies that address the issues facing Arizona’s growing populations and promote diversity and inclusion for all populations across the state.

Capacity Building iconPhilanthropy, Nonprofit Capacity Building, & Charitable Giving

Our nonprofit sector is a thriving network comprised of thousands of social-purpose organizations tackling many of our state’s most difficult problems with innovative programs and services. We believe it is our role to support the sector and protect our business interests. 

ACF supports policies that encourage charitable giving, promote partnerships between nonprofit organizations and government agencies to stimulate collective impact, and advance the sector’s role in advocacy.

Strengthening ArizonaStrengthening Arizona

Our statewide presence catalyzes the generosity of donors and partners to focus on local needs and opportunities through a robust network of affiliated community foundations serving Flagstaff and northern Arizona, Sedona and the Verde Valley, Yavapai County, Graham and Greenlee counties, Cochise County and southeast Arizona, Yuma and western Arizona, and Maricopa County and central Arizona. 

ACF supports policies that strengthen rural communities in Arizona and address issues specific to the needs and diversity within their regions.