The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Glenn Wike has been promoted to Chief of Staff and Senior Vice President of Community Investment beginning April 1, 2022. He is the first person to serve in this new executive leadership position aimed at developing key organizational initiatives, strengthening the foundation’s relationships with donors and community partners, and promoting synergies across the foundation to achieve ACF’s strategic goals.
During his tenure, Glenn has collaborated with internal and external stakeholders in the development of many of ACF’s key initiatives including education and scholarships, the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence, the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy, the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, supporting organization oversight, public policy engagements, and diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. In the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the foundation’s community response through distribution of nearly $10 million in immediate relief grant funding to nonprofits across the state, followed by the deployment of more than $130 million in small business relief grants on behalf of local municipal partners.
In his new role, Wike will serve as advisor to President & CEO Steve Seleznow and will lead the development and execution of special projects, manage and direct organizational priorities, and coordinate implementation of the foundation’s strategic plan. Wike will contribute to organizational planning and design efforts, ensuring the organizational and staffing structure supports ACF’s continued growth and strategic goals, and aligning the organization with regional, national, and global trends in philanthropy. Wike will continue to work closely with ACF’s many partners and collaborators to cultivate and strengthen relationships and ensure the foundation is engaged and represented across the communities we serve.
Continuing as Senior Vice President of Community Investment, Wike will maintain leadership of ACF’s grantmaking operations, including management of statewide grant programs on behalf of numerous community partners and regional affiliates, and donor-recommended grantmaking. He will continue to oversee ACF’s scholarship program—the largest independent program in the state—and education grantmaking strategies, with a focus on making quality education accessible for all Arizonans. ACF’s engagement of corporate partners through the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy will continue under Wike’s leadership, as well as stewardship of its 25 supporting organizations, which collectively represent more than a quarter of the foundation’s total assets under management.
“I am excited for the future of ACF and the role Glenn will play championing organizational excellence and cross-team collaboration in order to help build and sustain the foundation’s next phase of growth and impact,” said Steve Seleznow, ACF President & CEO. “Glenn’s experience in many facets of ACF’s business over the past decade makes him the right and best fit for this new role.”
Prior to ACF, Wike was employed with the Phoenix Zoo. He currently serves on the boards of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and Friends of Public Radio Arizona and has previously served on the boards of Achieve60AZ, Expect More Arizona, Arizona Forward, Support My Club, and Valley of the Sun United Way’s Thriving Together Leadership Council. Wike holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Public Service and Public Policy, both from Arizona State University.