Arizona Endowment Building Institute

The Arizona Endowment Building Institute was created in 2005 to give Arizona nonprofit organizations the tools and education they need to develop and implement endowment building programs.

Learn from the experts

The Arizona Endowment Building Institute's structured curriculum provides each participating organization with a team of mentors to train board members, assist with developing policies, and implement a specific plan of action.

This unique opportunity provides tools your organization can use to build endowment through planned gifts from long-term supporters. AEBI's comprehensive, proven approach helps your organization prepare for the future by:

  • Developing appropriate policies that assure funds will be utilized and nurtured for the future.
  • Helping you identify likely endowment donors.
  • Building a case for why your organization needs endowment.
  • Understanding the overall view of planned giving programs and the types of gifts that will build endowment.
  • Revealing ways to cultivate, market and steward endowment gifts.
  • Showing how you can report and measure success.
  • Engaging and involving your board members.
  • Receiving ongoing support from ACF and your mentors.

Join us for an AEBI Info Session

Before a nonprofit can participate in an AEBI training program, a representative of the organization must attend a virtual informational session. The sessions will cover the same topics, so please register for the session that best fits your schedule.

Thursday, May 18

Join either from 11:00 a.m. to noon or from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. 

Tuesday, June 6

Join either from 11:00 a.m. to noon or from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.


Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

AEBI helped us to prepare for our first, targeted efforts to secure endowment funds to support our work, through planned giving and other principal gifts. As a result of this work, and the knowledge that we gained through the institute, we have successfully activated these programs— and received the largest individual gift in our history. We’re grateful to the team at ACF for leading this program and building a culture of philanthropy across our community.

Stuart Graff

President & CEO


Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona

AEBI really helped our organization focus on creating and implementing a planned giving/ endowment program. We didn’t know how to start. AEBI provided the road map that allowed us to create a Legacy Society and the support we needed to identify donors who already supported our organization. Because of the help we got through AEBI, endowment building is now a strategic focus for our board and our organization.

Devonna McLaughlin

Chief Executive Officer


Lowell Observatory

We put what we learned to work immediately. Our Lowell Observatory Foundation endowments are now over $8 million, toward a goal of $12 million by 2022!

Lisa Actor

Executive Director

Past Participants

Over the course of a year, AEBI's curriculum equips nonprofits with the necessary tools to develop and implement their own endowment building program. Classes begin every January and leaders must attend mandatory information sessions the prior spring.

These nonprofit organizations have taken advantage of the learning offered through AEBI:

  • All Saints Episcopal Church & Day School
  • Area Agency on Aging-Region One
  • Arizona Animal Welfare League
  • Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest
  • Arizona Foundation for Women
  • Arizona Women’s Education and Employment
  • Ballet Arizona
  • Banner Health Foundation
  • Beatitudes Campus of Care
  • Beatitudes Center DOAR
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
  • Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix
  • Cancer Support Community Arizona
  • Catholic Charities Community Services
  • Child Crisis Arizona
  • Christian Care Communities
  • Crisis Nursery
  • Desert Botanical Garden
  • Duet
  • El Rio Health Center Foundation
  • Florence Crittendon Services
  • Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project
  • Foundation for Blind Children
  • Franciscan Renewal Center
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • Free Arts for Abused Children
  • Gompers Habilitation Center
  • Herberger Theater Center
  • Horses Help
  • Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona
  • Lowell Observatory
  • Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
  • Museum of Indigenous People
  • Musical Instrument Museum
  • Neighborhood Ministries
  • A New Leaf
  • New Life Center
  • One-n-Ten
  • Paz de Cristo
  • Phoenix Art Museum
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • The Phoenix Symphony
  • Phoenix Zoo
  • Prescott College
  • Prescott Meals on Wheels
  • Rainbow Acres
  • Save the Family
  • Sedona Arts Center
  • Sedona Community Center
  • Sedona Historical Society
  • Sedona International Film Festival
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Sojourner Center
  • Sonoran University of Health Sciences
  • Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
  • Stardust Building Supplies
  • Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development
  • UMOM New Day Centers
  • Valley Life
  • Valley Presbyterian Church Foundation
  • Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition
  • Yavapai College Foundation
  • Valley of the Sun YMCA
  • Yavapai Humane Society
  • YWCA of Greater Phoenix
Get Involved

Participation in AEBI can provide confidence that your mission will continue to meet the needs of the communities you serve. Contact Kristen Mihaljevic to find out more.

Participation in AEBI can provide confidence that your mission will continue to meet the needs of the communities you serve. Contact Kristen Mihaljevic to find out more.