Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

aka Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits   |   Phoenix, AZ   |


Our mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona's nonprofit sector.

Ruling year info


Chief Executive Officer

Kristen Merrifield

Main address

333 E Osborn Road Suite 245

Phoenix, AZ 85012 USA

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NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits was formed in 2004 to be the unifying voice of the nonprofit sector in Arizona. We are the only statewide association dedicated to serving the needs of the more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations all across Arizona.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arizona Gives

Arizona Gives and Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum that began in 2013. This partnership has helped raise more than $30 million for Arizona's nonprofit sector. Arizona Gives is an online giving program available year-round.

In early April each year, there is a statewide online giving campaign (Arizona Gives Day) that helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. It inspires people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger, helping to create a thriving community for all.

Arizona Gives helps people find, learn about, and contribute to the causes they believe in while enabling nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community through a unique online giving platform.

Population(s) Served

Poverty affects us all. In Arizona, 19% of people are living in poverty, including 51% of youth. In partnership with local nonprofits and public agencies, the Alliance VISTA program coordinates a network of AmeriCorps projects throughout Arizona. AmeriCorps VISTA members are grants in human capital with a focus to start, strengthen, or expand programs or services that help low-income individuals and communities move out of poverty. Members make a year-long commitment to serve on a specific project at a nonprofit organization or public agency.

Population(s) Served

The Alliance offers both stand-alone educational/professional development workshops as well as more intensive organizational capacity building workshops. Our stand-alone educational/professional development workshops include topics that fit into one or more of our eight primary topics. The Alliance offers approximately 15 workshops every month and also hosts virtual Summits and a Conference every year.

Stand-alone education/professional development focus areas:
Board Governance

Capacity Building Programs:
Board Governance
Nonprofit Lifecycles
Social Return on Investment
Finance-Loan Navigator
How To Start A Nonprofit

Population(s) Served

Arizona is home to more than 20,000 nonprofit organizations that employ more than 160,000 people, and engage thousands volunteers. They play a central role in everyone's life. While every nonprofit has its own challenges, some issues affect us all. The Alliance works with nonprofits to monitor legislation that impacts the entire sector. By working together, our collective voice is heard at the local, state and national levels.

Also equally important is the role the Alliance plays in educating, information and empowering our each individual nonprofits to advocate on their own on behalf of the causes they are specifically serving. Each year, we provide critical training to help educate nonprofit staff and boards on how to effectively advocate for their causes.

The Nonprofit Leadership Council is an advisory group made up of Alliance members from across the state. The Council serves as a sounding board and provides Alliance staff and leadership with critical input from the nonprofit community.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving.

We do this through advocacy, education, information, connection and resources, which are tailored specifically for nonprofits, their staff, their board and their volunteers.

We have a team of staff, board members and volunteer leaders that are truly committed to serving our nonprofits and the individuals working within these organizations. We like to think of us as serving those who serve others.
We accomplish this by:
• Serving the sector by providing quality information, training, and networking opportunities;
• Supporting the sector by offering savings through group-buying discount programs;
• Protecting the sector by representing them at the Arizona Legislature, state agencies that regulate nonprofits, and many other local arenas of decision making across the state; and
• Promoting the sector by projecting a collective voice to the public about the sector’s essential contributions and significant challenges in our communities.

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits’ mission is to unite, strengthen and advance the nonprofit sector in Arizona. Before we were formed in 2004, there was no unifying voice for the sector. One of the things we are becoming most known for is our work in advocacy and public policy on behalf of nonprofits. Now, with more than 1,000 members across Arizona, we have a truly strong, loud voice that we can share on critical issues impacting the work of our nonprofits. We also provide our members with access to important resources, like training, education, information, business services and discounts, grant opportunities and more. One of the most exciting programs we host each year is Arizona Gives Day, which has raised more than $23 million for local nonprofits since 2013. We are also very proud of our statewide AmeriCorps VISTA national service program which currently places more than 20 college-educated VISTA members at rural nonprofits to help them with capacity building.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the nonprofit professionals and community leaders who run nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Arizona.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We made changes to our Career Center postings requiring employers to include a salary range (numbers only) without an option to include language such as "dependent upon experience" or "to be determined" to ensure more transparency during the job search.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Listening is part of our organization's role as a leader in the nonprofit community. People want to be heard and knowing that action is being taken after being heard creates a much deeper relationship. Our role is also to convene and bring individuals and different parties together so meaningful conversations can be had, shared and reflected upon. We exist for our nonprofit community and must continue to gather and review feedback to ensure we're providing and meeting the needs of those we serve.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

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Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Board of directors
as of 1/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Len Gutman

The Sojourner Center

Term: 2020 - 2022

Sonia Perillo

Mayo Clinic

Torri Taj

Child Crisis Arizona

Len Gutman

The Sojourner Center

Jeri Royce


Glenn Wike

Arizona Community Foundation

Yvonne Moss

Make-A-Wish Arizona

Mario Aniles

Aniles & Co.

Myriah Mhoon

New Life Center

Kate Thoene

The Welcome To America Project

Penny Taylor

Valley of the Sun United Way

Mesha Davis

Arizona Foundation for Women

Jared Langkilde

Honor Health Foundation

Kate Jensen

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona

Maria Echeveste

Bank of America

Patti Stoner

HR Strategies AZ

Monica Nuvamsa

The Hopi Foundation

Eric Wolverton

Habitat for Humanity of Northern Arizona

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/11/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.