2024-2027

Strategic Plan

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Building an Arizona Where Everyone Thrives

We see Arizona as a state that welcomes growth, inclusion, and prosperity for all. Over the next three years, we will use this strategy to guide decisions on how to allocate resources—both human and financial—so that Arizona communities thrive.

Our Strategy

Learn more about how we got here and the value propositions driving our work.

Focus Areas

ACF and our donors will continue to support our philanthropic areas—arts & culture, community improvement & development, quality education, health innovations, and environment & sustainability—while creating collaborative ventures that will guide our impact in three key areas of focus:

Education

As Arizona's largest independent provider of scholarships, ACF has a vested interest in supporting students across the state throughout their educational journey. We will work alongside communities to identify key areas where our grant dollars and partnerships can make the biggest difference over the next few years. Our initial focus will be on increasing access to diverse educational options and pathways to create opportunities that benefit individuals, communities, and Arizona's overall economy.

Housing

Having a place to call home is a basic need that impacts so many other human needs including physical and mental health, food security, education, and employment. With a historic shortage of affordable homes in neighborhoods across Arizona, we will continue to invest and convene around this issue. We will leverage our loan programs and convening power to drive co-investment programs focused on prevention and increasing housing supply.

Environment

A healthy environment is essential for the wellbeing of all Arizonans, impacting where we live, work, and play. As a statewide community foundation, we are committed to fostering a balanced relationship between humans and nature by investing in food systems, trees and shade, and land conservation and preservation across Arizona's diverse ecosystems.

Our Value Propositions

Four mutually reinforcing value propositions govern the strategy:

Inspire giving

We will Inspire Giving for current and future donors to leverage the passion and resources of generous community members for even greater impact.

We will bring philanthropy with reach by:

  • Embracing the idea that every donor who chooses to establish or give to an ACF fund is a philanthropist who has the potential to create meaningful change.
  • Elevating the donor experience through inspiration, improved communication, additional resources, and more targeted services.
  • Strengthening the donor-community alliance to break down barriers and create unique pathways for philanthropists to engage through us.
  • Providing clear entry points for new donors and opportunities for existing donors to grow into other products and services.

We will bring philanthropy with reach by:

  • Embracing the idea that every donor who chooses to establish or give to an ACF fund is a philanthropist who has the potential to create meaningful change.
  • Elevating the donor experience through inspiration, improved communication, additional resources, and more targeted services.
  • Strengthening the donor-community alliance to break down barriers and create unique pathways for philanthropists to engage through us.
  • Providing clear entry points for new donors and opportunities for existing donors to grow into other products and services.

Engage Communities

We believe that addressing under-resourced communities through our relationships, partnerships, and expertise in philanthropy enables us to direct resources to Arizona's greatest needs and opportunities.

We will gather, respond, and share our knowledge by:

  • Building lines of communication with smaller organizations that have not historically had access to ACF and will see us as a trusted resource.
  • Investing in the community and future leaders through our grantmaking, loan, and scholarship programs.
  • Deepening relationships with grantees, scholarship recipients, and loan recipients so we can share their stories and highlight their impact in ways that do not exploit that trust.
  • Sharing our knowledge of community needs and opportunities to inspire additional investment, expanded awareness, and stronger connections between available resources and community needs.

We will gather, respond, and share our knowledge by:

  • Building lines of communication with smaller organizations that have not historically had access to ACF and will see us as a trusted resource.
  • Investing in the community and future leaders through our grantmaking, loan, and scholarship programs.
  • Deepening relationships with grantees, scholarship recipients, and loan recipients so we can share their stories and highlight their impact in ways that do not exploit that trust.
  • Sharing our knowledge of community needs and opportunities to inspire additional investment, expanded awareness, and stronger connections between available resources and community needs.

Catalyze partnerships

We will Catalyze Partnerships to advance our mission by convening and mobilizing community partners that align with our work.

We will build momentum by: 

  • Leveraging our network of donors; beneficiaries; community, corporate, and government leaders; and other foundations to invest in local solutions through collective grantmaking.
  • Harnessing the power of our organizational reputation to champion solutions that address root cause issues and necessary long-term investments.
  • Convening with purpose and authenticity, ensuring that we have clear goals in mind and that the participants include those directly impacted by the specific issue being addressed.
  • Expanding awareness about ACF and philanthropy across Arizona to bring more people together to create meaningful change.

We will build momentum by: 

  • Leveraging our network of donors; beneficiaries; community, corporate, and government leaders; and other foundations to invest in local solutions through collective grantmaking.
  • Harnessing the power of our organizational reputation to champion solutions that address root cause issues and necessary long-term investments.
  • Convening with purpose and authenticity, ensuring that we have clear goals in mind and that the participants include those directly impacted by the specific issue being addressed.
  • Expanding awareness about ACF and philanthropy across Arizona to bring more people together to create meaningful change.

People First

We will put People First to encourage a culture of caring for and supporting one another that starts with the Foundation and extends to every corner of Arizona.

We will invest in human capital by:

  • Celebrating and recognizing that our people are our greatest asset.
  • Nurturing a culture of engaged team members who embody and embed our core values into their daily work.
  • Ensuring professional development and training programs are tailored to team members' individual needs.
  • Engaging and investing in local community experts across the state to partner, support, and create positive impact in addressing needs and opportunities.

We will invest in human capital by:

  • Celebrating and recognizing that our people are our greatest asset.
  • Nurturing a culture of engaged team members who embody and embed our core values into their daily work.
  • Ensuring professional development and training programs are tailored to team members' individual needs.
  • Engaging and investing in local community experts across the state to partner, support, and create positive impact in addressing needs and opportunities.