Sixth Issue 2012
President's Message

Dear Arizona Readers,

Welcome to this fall issue of Connections 2012. It is my pleasure to announce new grants, a new Chair of our Board of Trustees, and an addition to our Trust staff.

We have finished the second round of grantmaking for 2012. The Trust has awarded $2,201,532 to 24 nonprofits serving Arizona. The new grants will improve life in Arizona by helping to preserve Arizona's open lands, enriching the cultural life of downtown Phoenix, helping people get back to work, and in many other ways.

The grants, ranging from $12,000 to $490,282, are in the Trust's three priority areas: Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature, and Enriching Community Life. Here is a sampling from each area:

One of the Trust's new grants supports a project that grew out of The Arizona We Want Institute, an initiative of the Center for the Future of Arizona. The Desert Botanical Garden received a three-year grant of $300,000 to support the Conservation Alliance, a collaboration of stakeholders committed to studying, restoring and promoting the mountain park preserves in the Phoenix area, a system encompassing 186,000 acres of open space.

Goodwill Training and Employment Network received a three-year grant of $490,282 to provide occupational skills training, support services and job matching opportunities to 300 people who face barriers to employment. Those helped will include victims of domestic violence, veterans and older adults.

Advocates for Latino Arts and Culture Consortium received a grant of $85,000 to enhance the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center, located at 147 E. Adams Street, in downtown Phoenix.

Now the news regarding our leadership and staff.

Three Trustees govern the Trust. With the retirement last December of founding Trustee Chair Frank E. Russell, Carol Peden Schilling has been chosen as his successor. Mrs. Schilling, a resident of Scottsdale, was also a founding Trustee and Nina Mason Pulliam's niece and late-life companion.

The two other Trustees, both of whom joined the board at the beginning of this year, succeeding Frank and Nancy Russell, are Kent E. Agness of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lisa Shover Kackley of Scottsdale and Parks, Arizona.

2012 Second Round Arizona Grantees

The Trust's second round of 2012 grant awards in Arizona totals $2,201,532 and includes grants in the priority areas of Helping People in Need, Protecting Animals and Nature and Enriching Community LIfe. For more detailed information on the grants, please go to project descriptions.

The break down by program category is:
- Helping People in Need - 14 organizations - $1,330,282
- Protecting Animals and Nature - 7 organizations - $702,000
- Enriching Community Life - 3 organizations - $169,250

Helping People in Need
Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence $65,000
Arizona South Asians For Safe Families $12,000
Benevilla $100,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley $100,000
College Depot Program at the Burton Barr Central Library $50,000
District Medical Group $80,000
Dress for Success Phoenix $29,000
Gompers Habilitation Center $80,000
Goodwill of Central Arizona, Inc. $490,282
Justa Center $34,000
Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County, Inc. $75,000
Planned Parenthood Arizona, Inc. $75,000
Ryan House $75,000
Southwest Human Development $65,000
Protecting Animal and Nature
Arizona Land and Water Trust $64,000
Conservation Lands Foundation $100,000
Desert Botanical Garden $300,000
Lost Our Home Pet Foundation, Inc. $13,000
McDowell Sonoran Conservancy $20,000
New Dawn Livestock Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. $30,000
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona $175,000
Enriching Community LIfe
*Advocates For Latino Arts & Culture Consortium, Inc. $85,000
Ear Candy Charity $50,000
Grand Canyon Music Festival $34,250
Total Arizona Grants - 24 Organizations $2,201,532
*Denotes first-time grant recipient  

The Trust also welcomes Maureen West to the staff in Phoenix as director of communications and evaluation. Maureen wrote for The Chronicle of Philanthropy for the past three years, where she developed an expertise in nonprofit issues. She previously worked for The Arizona Republic as a reporter, editor and manager. She holds a master's degree in nonprofit studies from Arizona State University and studied evaluation at Claremont Graduate University in California.

As many American foundations have been developing more and more tools to measure the outcomes of their grants, the addition of Ms. West will give us, too, new ways to make our dollars serve our communities more effectively.

As always, we appreciate your comments and questions at any time.


Our next proposal deadline is February 4, 2013.
For a list of the deadlines, please visit our website at

The Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF) is posting its 2013 grant application
on the Arizona Community Foundation website
The application will be available December 3, 2012.

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