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Sedona Historical Society Nonprofit Site Visit

Recap of Sedona Nonprofit Site Visits

By: Sheri Denny, Regional Philanthropic Advisor Members of the community were invited to join ACF of Sedona and the Verde Valley staff, Board of Advisors, donors, and volunteers as we visited and learned about the important work of our local nonprofits. These were free philanthropic field trips, otherwise known as site visits. Most of the…
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$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…

April staff promotions

The following team members were elevated to new positions as part of an overall evolution in ACF’s organizational structure to align with our new strategic plan, effective April 1, 2024: Jennifer Foley: Vice President, Marketing & Communications Morgan Bishop Fraser: Vice President, Operations Amber Ramirez: Senior Director, Development Ashley Acton: Senior Director, Grants Management Allan…
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ACF announces key promotions and recruitment

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that executive Eric Nystrom and senior leader Jennifer W. Perry have been elevated to new positions as part of an overall evolution in the foundation’s organizational structure. Eric Nystrom was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, having been named as interim COO in December. In this role, Nystrom…
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Black Philanthropy Initiative grants to nine organizations in 2023

Through strategic grantmaking, the funds of ACF’s Black Philanthropy Initiative support nonprofit organizations that serve African Americans in such critical areas as health, education, economic development, and community building. 2023-2024 BPI grant recipients: 100 Black Men of Phoenix  ACRES Ready, Set, Go Foundation Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. STIRS, Inc. Mission…
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$27.4 million distributed between October 1 and December 31

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors are pleased to announce grant and scholarship distributions for the second quarter of its fiscal year. Between October 1 and December 31, 2023, a total of $27,378,166 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in: Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley,…
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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.…
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Scholarship application now open

Important update: Due to delays in the 2024-2025 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information release timeline, the majority of scholarships with March deadlines have been extended to April 1 for this year only. The Arizona Community Foundation’s online scholarship portal is now accepting applications. These scholarships are available to students attending postsecondary schools…
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Giving Options for IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions

Written By: Jennifer Perry, CAP®, M.B.A., Interim Managing Director, Regional Team, ACF of Sedona As a philanthropic advisor, I spend most of my time helping individuals develop impactful ways to support causes they care about. This can involve helping them find charities in line with their interests. It also involves working with individuals and their…
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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…
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Monica Brown named Chief People Officer

The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to announce that Monica Brown will join ACF as its first Chief People Officer beginning January 16, 2024.  Brown comes to ACF after serving as The Cleveland Foundation’s Vice President, Human Resources, Building Operations & Guest Services. Monica spent over 16 years at The Cleveland Foundation (TCF) and,…
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Athletes for Arizona: Empowering Communities Through Sports and Healthy Living

Through a groundbreaking partnership between three leading organizations, Athletes for Arizona is on a mission to make a profound impact on youth across the state. By delivering physical activity programming, promoting healthy living, and providing mental health education, Athletes for Arizona aims to increase sports participation for elementary and middle school students. Athletes for Arizona…