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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…
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Tips to maximize tax benefits for year-end giving

By: Kimberly Kur, JD, CAP®, Chief Development Officer Partnering with ACF and engaging with your professional advisors at calendar year-end can help bring charitable goals to life while maximizing individual tax advantages for the tax year. Consider a bunching strategy. You can benefit from a charitable tax deduction by combining multiple years of intended gifts…
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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…
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$26.2 million distributed between July 1 and September 30

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors are pleased to announce grant and scholarship distributions for the second quarter of its fiscal year. Between July 1 and September 30, 2023, a total of $26,186,667 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide regional offices in: Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley,…