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Joy of Giving 2022 Event Recap

By: Sheri Denny, Regional Philanthropic Advisor Our annual competitive grant cycle culminated in our Joy of Giving Luncheon held in August. We gathered to celebrate philanthropy in our county – the nonprofit organizations, staff, volunteers, and donors who meet the needs in our community. This year was meaningful for me not only because it was my first…
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Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy awards $247,900

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy is excited to announce that it has awarded $247,900 in grant funding to 27 nonprofit organizations serving LGBTQ people across Arizona. This is the largest annual grant distribution in the 17-year history of the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center and ACF’s dedicated funds supporting the…
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Amber Ramirez, Anne Medina-Doak to augment ACF’s complex asset, policy and public affairs teams

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce Amber Ramirez and Anne Medina-Doak joined the team as of July 2022. Ramirez is a Senior Philanthropic Advisor, while Medina-Doak is the Director of Policy & Public Affairs. Amber Ramirez joined ACF on July 1 as a key member of the development & donor engagement team and will…
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2022-2023 Desert Mountain Foundation Scholars

We are pleased to announce our 2022-2023 scholarship recipients! In March, our Scholarship Committee reviewed and scored all submitted applications, and then interviewed each applicant. The Committee discussed the merit of each student and reviewed their recommendations with our Advisory Board for approval. These 22 students have been awarded $97,000, which was paid directly to…
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ACF donors, partners distribute nearly $147.2 million in FY22

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, 2022. A total of $147,193,601 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai…
ACF donors Susan and Bill Cammock.

Philanthropists Next Door: Bill and Susan Cammock

Bill and Susan Cammock enjoyed successful careers in Ohio before retiring to Sedona. They quickly adopted their new town as their own and looked for ways to give back and make an impact. They made donations to educational and animal welfare causes–and to a new organization their neighbors told them about, the Sedona Community Foundation…
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ACF Now Accepting Applications for New CEO

The Arizona Community Foundation announced today that the process for accepting applications for candidates interested in the President and CEO position has opened. The ACF Board of Directors selected Carlson Beck-a national executive search firm focused on philanthropy and nonprofit leadership recruiting-to lead the search and facilitate the selection for the foundation’s next CEO. “The…
ACF staff member Glenn Wike.

Glenn Wike named Chief of Staff / Senior Vice President of Community Investment

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…
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Monica Nuvamsa, Mitch Menchaca, Anthony Sharett elected to the ACF Board of Directors

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Board of Directors recently elected Monica Nuvamsa, Mitch Menchaca, and Anthony Sharett to the board. The three new board members were elected during the board’s annual March meeting. “These three individuals bring a significant amount of experience in all facets of business and philanthropy including government, banking, and the nonprofit and…
ACF staff member Lorenzo Chavez.

Lorenzo Chavez to lead education & scholarships team

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Lorenzo Chavez will become Executive Director, Education & Scholarships beginning March 14, 2022. He succeeds Joy Klein who will be leaving to join Friends of the Children as Executive Director of the organization’s Phoenix location later this month. Chavez has worked for Arizona State University for…
ACF President & CEO Steve Seleznow.

Steve Seleznow Plans Departure

The Arizona Community Foundation announced today that Steve Seleznow will retire from his role as President and CEO of Arizona’s statewide community foundation after 13 years of leadership. Seleznow has been a transformative CEO and will continue to lead ACF through March 31, 2023. The ACF Board of Directors selected Carlson Beck-a national executive search…
ACF donors Daryl and Christy Burton.

Christy, Daryl Burton make historic gift

In the world of philanthropy, most gifts are given in the form of cash. Remarkably, 85% of total giving is processed through cash, while only 7% of wealth is held in cash. Non-cash assets, like real estate and business interests, represent enormous amounts of untapped giving potential. Long-time Arizona philanthropists Christy & Daryl Burton realized…