The Arizona Community Foundation supports policies that enhance Arizona’s infrastructure to create a vibrant arts and culture community, celebrates a rich history and embraces diversity, and creates valuable learning experiences for children and adults.
Driving change in the arts
In 2018, ACF and the Arizona Commission on the Arts formed a public-philanthropic partnership to support Arizona artists. By pairing ACF’s arts resources with the Commission’s existing reach and infrastructure, this partnership expands Arizona’s investments in artists and supports the work they do as innovators and creative contributors to Arizona’s future.
In addition to its strategic investment, the Arizona Community Foundation supports public policies that provide long-term funding solutions for Arizona’s education system from early childhood through college and career readiness.
ACF also supports policies that encourage equity and excellence, expand and scale innovative solutions, and address high-quality reforms that benefit all Arizona students.
Driving change in education
In partnership with Education Resource Strategies, Rodel Foundation of Arizona and ACF published a report highlighting challenges and opportunities for Arizona’s teacher labor market.
Additionally, through a partnership with other local funders and the Governor’s Office for Education, ACF leveraged additional resources for programs such as FosterEd Arizona and Arizona Pathways to Prosperity.
The Arizona Community Foundation supports policies that protect, preserve, and responsibly manage Arizona’s natural resources in both urban and rural areas.
Environmental support in action
Since 2014, ACF has participated in
the Fix.Adopt.Save. initiative to raise
awareness about Maricopa County’s
homeless animal problem. Through
a coalition of six local animal welfare
groups and other local partners, an
increase in adoptions, spay/neuter
services, and fostering has resulted in an
86% decrease in euthanasia rates and a
45% decrease in animal intake.
The Arizona Community Foundation supports policies that improve the health and well-being 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.
Driving change in health services
support from ACF in 2018, Arizonans
Concerned About Smoking worked with
community members and the Prescott
City Council to move forward with a
Smoke and Vape-Free Parks Ordinance
that would protect health for Prescott
residents and guests at all Prescott parks.
The Arizona Community Foundation supports policies that address the issues facing Arizona’s growing populations and promote diversity and inclusion for all populations across the state.
Advocating for all of Arizona
Since 2017, ACF’s Courage to Listen, Learn, and Act series—a platform for community dialogue around persistent and critical challenges—has brought together key stakeholders around the topic of mass incarceration. Community members, grassroots organizations, and public officials have participated in constructive dialogue that increases knowledge, leverages resources, and maximizes connections to influence community change.
The Arizona Community Foundation supports policies that strengthen rural communities in Arizona and address the issues facing their specific needs and diversity within their regions.
Driving change in rural Arizona
For nearly a decade, ACF has been a premier sponsor of the annual Arizona Rural Policy Forum. ACF’s statewide affiliate network engages with other leaders from rural communities during the Forum to learn about common issues, legislative impacts, and to share their work in philanthropy and community initiatives with rural communities that lack a local ACF presence.
The Arizona Community Foundation 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.
Working together to drive national change
Since 2012, ACF has collaborated with more than 100 community foundations from across the nation to address issues affecting charitable giving and philanthropy at the federal level. These issues range from limits on the charitable deduction, to donor-advised and endowed giving regulations, among others.