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Arizona Grantmakers Forum

Arizona Grantmakers Forum is guided by our values, we strive to be:

Collaboration, Inclusion, Inspiration, Leadership, Transparency

Our mission is to merge our collective resources for greater capacity, impact and advocacy. We envision that the merger will enable more impactful collaborations among philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. It will position the nonprofit sector as a necessary key partner with government and the business community to drive economic growth and build an equitable Arizona where all people thrive.  
We envision a vibrant Arizona where all people thrive.
  • Our members are part of a network of more than 400 philanthropy professionals from more than 80 member organizations across the state.
  • Each year, we host more than 20 educational programs, collaborative opportunities for those with common interests and networking events tailored to Arizona’s philanthropic community.
  • We facilitate meetings among philanthropy professionals and policymakers to build relationships, discuss key issues and explore opportunities for philanthropy to partner with government

Arizona Grantmakers Forum aims to advance philanthropic efforts at all levels, from grassroots community work to state and federal policy initiatives. We provide the philanthropic sector with the tools to maximize their impact through a three-pronged approach: 

  • Connect: Encourage connection with colleagues across the state through networking events and opportunities.
  • Educate: Provide professional development and leadership-building opportunities through educational programs, affinity group meetings and more. 
  • Advocate: Empower philanthropy professionals to influence change at the legislative level by facilitating meetings and discussions with policymakers and helping members explore related opportunities.

Event Calendar

Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s events and initiatives are expressly designed to help philanthropy professionals gain the tools, knowledge and resources needed to increase their professional impact and serve Arizona’s communities as effectively as possible.

Click the button above to open the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum Event learning library of upcoming and previous education, trainings, and events!

DID YOU KNOW💡 You can find content based on topic (category) or by type of event (media type: in person, webinar, on demand etc.), or exclusive member groups using the left navigation drop down menus or the search bar!

Become a Member

Eligible members include:

  • Any foundation, corporation, governmental agency or individual with a formal grantmaking program
  • Any trust
  • Any endowed community foundation
  • Any individual contributing a minimum of $25,000 annually to charity

To learn more about Arizona Grantmakers Forum membership and contact Erin Owen, director of corporate & philanthropy member services. 

We welcome your inquiries. Please contact us at support@azgrantmakers.org.

Membership investments are calculated based on total philanthropic expenditures made in Arizona during your last fiscal year. Investments are based on the calendar year and may be pro-rated for members joining during the year. View membership types here

*Please note: To better represent the diverse nature of our grantmaking members, membership categories are based on the greater of philanthropic expenditures (grants plus other direct program expenditures) or 5% of total assets. 

As a member of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, you join a group of engaged, committed philanthropists working together to improve our community.

We offer a variety of services to meet the needs of our members.

Programs
Members are invited to attend our programs at no cost. Our numerous programs include:

  • Educational programs and webinars on relevant issues in grantmaking and strengthening skills
  • Networking opportunities and peer gatherings
  • Affinity groups for members with common funding interests provide opportunities to explore issues with their peers
  • Annual member meeting
  • Access to program videos, handouts and other resources from previous programs

Access to Arizona Nonprofits + Grantmakers Policy Council
The Alliance works with nonprofits and grantmakers to monitor legislation that impacts the entire sector. 

Learn more about how the Alliance is working to advance the common good of the sector – and how you can get involved by clicking the button below

Affinity Groups
Arizona Grantmakers Forum’s affinity groups are member-led peer circles for grantmakers with common interests. Each group provides opportunities for funders to share knowledge, encourage collaborative funding and learn about policy issues that affect the well-being of communities across the state. Arizona Grantmakers members may participate in as many affinity groups as they choose. Affinity groups are based on a particular issue area or foundation type. All groups emphasize networking and information exchange among fellow grantmakers, local and national experts, and thought leaders. Our current affinity groups include:

  • Corporate
  • Education (Southern Arizona Network)
  • Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Small & Family Foundations
  • Southern Arizona Network*

*Our Local Presence – Arizona Grantmakers has an established partnership to serve local grantmakers and strengthen statewide relationships. Working with the Regional Partnering Center—a 501(c)(3) of Pima Association of Governments—Arizona Grantmakers is well positioned to serve and support its members in Southern Arizona. 

Publications and Resources 
Members receive monthly newsletters with highlights of current national and local philanthropy news, plus relevant resources for the work you do. Arizona Grantmakers regularly partners with experts and local thought leaders to produce research, surveys and reports.

Member Directory 
Our member directory includes current, searchable contact information for more than 75 Arizona grantmakers. This member benefit is available to Arizona Grantmakers Forum members to help them connect to other grantmakers and colleagues – member directory is available to members that are logged in, you can access the Directory Search page by clicking the button below. 

Free Job Listing Service 
Members can post job openings for free to the Arizona Grantmakers Forum Career Center. To submit an opening, please email support@azgrantmakers.org to get the coupon code to access unlimited job postings at no cost. 

Member Listserv 
Arizona Grantmakers members are subscribed to our listserv, a group email list that enables members to communicate directly with the whole membership. You can tap the collective knowledge of your grantmaking peers by submitting questions, sharing your grantmaking highlights or notifying them of an upcoming event. To get access to your Listserv account email support@azgrantmakers.org, members with a login can use the button below. 

Team Assistance 
The Arizona Grantmakers team is available to answer technical questions, direct you to resources and personally connect you with peers. Send your questions to support@azgrantmakers.org.

Research on Arizona Philanthropy 
Arizona Grantmakers Forum has access to Candid’s online directory of foundations and can provide members with information on national and local foundations funding in specific interest areas throughout Arizona. This information can be especially helpful when looking for partners to provide advice, matching dollars, etc.

Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

An initiative of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the Arizona Early Childhood Funders Collaborative is dedicated to exchanging and linking ideas, knowledge, research and resources to focus statewide attention on a seamless continuum of quality early childhood services that strengthen Arizona’s young children, families and communities.

We do this by engaging government, businesses, organizations and philanthropic partners from within and outside of Arizona to bring additional knowledge and resources to our efforts. If your grantmaking organization is interested in joining the collaborative, please contact Chief Policy Office & VP, Arizona Grantmakers Forum Laurie Liles

Born to Learn AZ In fall 2018, the collaborative launched its early childhood education awareness effort, Born to Learn AZ. The effort is designed to educate policymakers and political candidates about the value of high-quality early childhood education. By boosting awareness about the benefits of early learning, the collaborative develops champions at the state Capitol and among business, community and faith organizations who can carry its message: High-quality early childhood education makes the difference.

Arizona Together for Impact

Arizona Together for Impact is a funder collaborative, modeling the vision of partnership and sustainability in the community. We believe that through providing resources for sustained collaborations such as program partnerships, back-office consolidation and organizational mergers, we can support nonprofits in delivering programs and increasing their impact.

Arizona Together for Impact works to create systemic change in the way nonprofit organizations in the state think about collaborations, partnerships and mergers. The initiative provides tools and training to nonprofits interested in entering into permanent collaborations with one or more other organizations.

The initiative is one of six similar collaboratives throughout the country. Best practices, research and tools are shared among all the initiatives and their directors. Leading the Arizona initiative is Nora Hannah, a life-long resident of the state and an advocate for nonprofit sustainability. 

Arizona Grantmakers Forum is a proud member of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and United Philanthropy Forum.

Member organizations include private foundations, trusts, endowed community foundations, businesses with corporate giving programs, government agencies and individuals with organized charitable gift programs.

Public Foundations

Arizona Community Foundation
Arizona Foundation for Legal Services & Education
Arizona Foundation for Women
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Casey Family Programs
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Education Forward Arizona       
Helios Education Foundation
The Hopi Foundation
|Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix
Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona
Latina Giving Circle
The NARBHA Institute
Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization
Scholarships A-Z
Social Venture Partners Arizona
Thunderbirds Charities
Tucson Medical Center Foundation
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona
Valley of the Sun United Way
Valleywise Health Foundation
Vitalyst Health Foundation

Corporate Foundations

Arizona Complete Health
Arizona Public Service
The Arizona Republic
Bank of America
Bayer Marana
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
The Boeing Company
Cox Communications
Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
Freeport-McMoRan Inc.
GoWest Foundation
Intel Corporation
JP Morgan Chase
Northern Trust
onsemi
PetSmart Charities
Salt River Project
Trico Electric Charitable Trust
Tucson Electric Power
Wells Fargo

Private Foundations

Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice
Arizona Foundation for Educational Advancement
Dougherty Foundation
Flinn Foundation
Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona
Marshall Foundation
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
Tucson Foundations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

Government Agencies

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
First Things First
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

Family Foundations

Arizona Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund
The Bidstrup Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Carstens Family Funds
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation
F2 Family Foundation
Garcia Family Foundation
Guerrant Foundation
Hickey Family Foundation
Kassie Davis & Bruce Beatus Fund
Kellam Foundation
The Lodestar Foundation
The Osa Foundation
The Pastoral Care Fund
Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund
Phoenix Rotary Club Charities
Satterberg Foundation
The Stocker Foundation
Thomas R. Brown Foundations
Whiteman Foundation

We’re proud to partner with key organizations that align with our mission.

Leadership Circle

Arizona Community Foundation
Flinn Foundation
Helios Education Foundation
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
Tucson Foundations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust


Supporting Circle

Vitalyst Health Foundation


2022 Transform Arizona presented by Northern Trust partners

Arizona Community Foundation
Arizona Public Service
Arizona Republic
Bayer Marana
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation
Garcia Family Foundations
Flinn Foundation
Fose + McKay
Northern Trust
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
Salt River Project
United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona


Community Partner

Salt River Project


Small & Family Foundations Sponsor

The Hickey Family Foundation


Southern Arizona Network Pacesetter

The David and Lura Lovell Foundation


Southern Arizona Network Founding Partners

Community Foundation for Southern Arizona 
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona
Thomas R. Brown Foundations