Filter Posts

Casey Stevens exploring the Biosphere 2

May-July staff updates

As part of the overall evolution in ACF’s organizational structure to align with our new strategic plan, several team members have been hired, promoted, or received title changes in the past couple of months. Promotions & Title Changes: Kim Covington: Vice President, Strategic Partnerships Lisa Stratton: Director, Development Sheri Denny: Regional Director, Sedona Colleen Iuliucci:…
Aerial view of Phoenix and Camelback Mountain.

ACF receives major three-year grant in support of Philanthropy for All

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Philanthropy for All network of giving circles and initiatives has received a major three-year grant from the Fidelity Charitable® Catalyst Fund to expand giving circle participation and funding for local nonprofits across the state. The funding will help cover the salary of a dedicated Development Advisor to support Philanthropy for All,…
Four hot air balloons above the Phoenix skyline.

Two key Regional Director promotions announced

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce two key promotions in its regional offices. Both regional directors will focus on sustainable asset development, donor and community engagement, professional advisor outreach, and volunteer development across their region. In the ACF of Sedona office, Sheri Denny, MBA, CNP, has been promoted to Regional Director. Sheri has…
Michelle Gayles headshot

Michelle Gayles joins ACF as Chief Impact Officer

The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Gayles as the organization’s first Chief Impact Officer, effective July 8, 2024. In this pivotal role, Michelle will join the Executive Team and report directly to Anna María Chávez, ACF’s President & CEO. Michelle Gayles brings over 25 years of distinguished leadership…
Jake Schellinger office photo

Jacob Schellinger joins ACF as General Counsel

The Arizona Community Foundation is proud to announce the appointment of Jacob Schellinger as its first General Counsel, effective June 24. With a distinguished career dedicated to utilizing law and policy to improve the lives of people and communities, Schellinger brings invaluable experience to his new role at ACF. Prior to joining ACF, Schellinger served…
Mountain range at sunset

$109.8 million distributed to communities in fiscal ’24

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors and partners are pleased to announce grant, scholarship, and loan distributions for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2024. A total of $109,820,976 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and…
Photo of Michele Halyard

Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO elected to the ACF Board

The Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors recently elected Michele Halyard, MD, FASTRO to the board. She was elected during the board’s January meeting. Michele Halyard is a senior leader with experience in navigating organizational complexities and delivering strategic outcomes. Dr. Halyard brings over 30 years in healthcare practice, medical education, research, and healthcare strategy.…
Close-up photo on a blooming cholla.

Deanna Salazar and Curtiss Smith elected to the ACF Board of Directors

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Deanna Salazar and Curtiss Smith to the board. These two new board members were elected during the board’s November meeting. “These individuals bring a significant amount of experience in all facets of business and philanthropy, including legal, healthcare, banking, board governance, human resources, and the nonprofit…
Building facade

Updated Report Provides Solutions to Improve Arizona’s Teacher Labor Market

The Arizona Community Foundation has partnered with the Steele Foundation to release an updated “Strengthening and Supporting the Teaching Job in Arizona” report, which provides an in-depth data analysis and policy scan of the labor market for educators in Arizona. This report builds on the findings of the 2018 report “Arizona State Funding Project: Addressing…
Textural image of an agave.

Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy awards $432,750

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy is pleased to announce that it has granted $432,750 to 35 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ people across Arizona. “We are proud to have this opportunity to invest in organizations that are actively engaged in work that supports the Center’s mission to advance justice and…
Mountain range at sunset

$115.8 million distributed to communities in fiscal ’23

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors and partners are pleased to announce grant, scholarship, small business relief, and loan distributions for its fiscal year ending March 31, 2023. A total of $115,797,418 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona,…
Portrait of ACF Board Chair Leezie Kim

Leezie Kim elected Chair of the ACF Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Arizona Community Foundation has elected as chair Leezie Kim. Kim succeeds Robbin Coulon, Director of Legal Services for the Area Agency on Aging, Region One, who served as chair since 2021. A member of the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors since 2012, Kim served as vice chair, and…