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Winter 2017

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Vision That Improves With Age During the past year, we have worked with our donors, businesses, government, and nonprofits to create a stronger community and address the region’s most pressing challenges. But it’s at this time every year, at the CFSA Annual Event, that we have the opportunity to celebrate the work and the progress we have made in the previous 12 months. We get to honor exceptional leaders like Ray Davies, among the many who have helped strengthen our communities over the years, and present the Buddy Amos Founders Award. It is an opportunity to thank our donors and nonprofits for their commitment and support of the collective mission to make the community a better place. But it’s also a time to look ahead at the work in front of us. There’s a lot to talk about as we continue

to implement our strategic plan, Vision 2020, and sharpen our focus on new strategies to generate even greater community impact. We have identified these new strategies to be in the areas of education, health and well-being and economic opportunity. From supporting exemplary nonprofits with unrestricted grants to dramatically increasing capital investments in Southern Arizona, we’re committed to connecting our donors to causes they care about, now and forever, and helping them realize a legacy of transformational change. It’s said that as we grow older, sight is the first thing to go. But we believe that true vision improves through the wisdom of experience. Vision is seeing with direction and intention. Vision is sight lifted by hope and driven by courage. Vision does not stand still.

March 8, 2017 Core Grant Launch & Grant Round Opening

April 15, 2017

Adopt Love Adopt Local (Mega-Adoption Event)

April 24, 2017

Santa Cruz Community Convening

May (TBC)

Tucson Community Convening

May (TBC)

Yuma Community Convening

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Clint’s Corner We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. – Sir Winston Churchill For almost 40 years, CFSA has been honored to be a trusted philanthropic partner helping hundreds of individuals, families and businesses reach their charitable goals. What sets us apart is you, our donors, partners and friends, and our collective vision and commitment to move the needle on the many challenges we face together. We look forward to a stronger partnership with you as we prepare for the decade ahead and sharpen our vision of improving education, health and wellbeing, and economic opportunity for all. We know that expanding partnerships in these key areas will create systemic changes that will ripple through our community. We will continue to invite our donors to help us explore new strategies to dramatically increase community impact. From helping a donor bring mobile veterinary services to the Tohono O’Odham nation for the first time to developing a multisector strategy to address the food economy in South Tucson to facilitating education about issues through our Community Interactive series, we are committed to helping our donors make a difference now and forever. Looking back, we take pride in how far we’ve come, in what we’ve accomplished together, and most importantly, in helping people who wish to share their generosity with others and make a better life for all of us. Thank you for all you do, and all we will do together. Sincerely,

J. Clinton Mabie President and CEO Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

CORE Grants to Provide Flexible Funding As shared in our previous newsletter, we continue to invite our donors to partner with us as we launch a new and innovative approach to address the challenges faced every day by our community and the nonprofits in our region. CFSA is announcing a new initiative to provide general operating support for high-impact nonprofits – CORE grants.

Sandra Nathan, VP of Community Investment at CFSA

“Our research showed that providing high-impact organizations with flexible funding leverages their ability to make a difference,” said Sandra Nathan, CFSA’s Vice President of Community Investment. “These funds will provide nonprofits with the flexibility they need to focus on their core mission and foster a deeper partnership with CFSA in improving the life of people and places in Southern Arizona.” Applications are available now and will be accepted through May 1. The first awards notification is scheduled to be sent by August 31, 2017. Additional information is available at

Celebrating the Recipients of our 2016 Grant Round Blair Charity Group Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona Culture of Peace Alliance, Inc. Goodwill Industries of Southern Arizona Southern Arizona Black College Support Group Incorporated Thrive Generations, Inc. About the African American Initiative In 2012, a group of African-American community leaders, led by Dr. Anna Jolivet, met with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) to develop charitable resources for the African American community. The result was the African American Initiative (AAI) founded in 2013 as a program of CFSA. Led by a board of community leaders, AAI’s mission is to improve the quality of life of African Americans living in metropolitan Tucson by promoting philanthropy and strengthening community through collaboration. To learn more about AAI, please visit

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Get to Know our Trustees:

Claudia Jasso-Stevens Year-to-date by the Numbers Gifts: $9M* Grants: $7M* New Legacy Gifts: $16M* Endowment YTD: p 4.9%** Endowment 5 Year: 7.6%** * Unaudited as of FY17 Q2 ** For detailed reports on all investment pools, please visit

A Lifetime of Humanitarian and Civic Commitment

1. Why is CFSA important to you? CFSA has provided a philanthropic platform for me to actively participate as a Trustee and as the Chair of the Board’s Development Committee, which is comprised of incredible community leaders dedicated to helping the Foundation. CFSA has had a record-breaking year in development, further establishing it as a facilitator, convener, collaborator and educator. 2. In one sentence, what makes Tucson special to you? Tucson is a beautiful blend of United States and Mexican culture, history, people and traditions. This backdrop sets the stage for binational philanthropic partnerships that can help meet the unique needs that our region has.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is honored to award this year’s Civic Leadership Award to Ray Davies. He has dedicated his life to others through his service and commitment to our community. Ray’s community contributions are legion in promoting tolerance and in expanding human and civil rights for all people

3. What is your favorite way to spend your leisure time? Leisure time is rare for me, so when I have it, I spend it with my family, for whom I have deep love. I view my community as an extension of my family. Civic leadership is important to me. I lead local initiatives that promote strategic Latino philanthropy, and I participate on national coalitions that address the need for diversification in philanthropic leadership.

Ray has been a Tucson resident since 1952 and has devoted his life to the cause of civil rights not only in the community but nationally and internationally. He is the recipient of a number of humanitarian and community awards including the MLK, Jr. Drum Major Award for leadership and civil rights, the National Board UA Alumni Association Leo B. Hart Humanitarian Award and the Bridge Builders Peace Celebration Award. Ray is an Emeritus Board and founding member of the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF). His career in education, his work as a champion of the Tucson Human Relations Committee and his fifty years as a Holocaust educator are but a few of the many ways Ray has made an impact on the lives of those around him.

4. Who is the historical figure you most would have liked to have met and why? Willie Velásquez. He started the grassroots movement Su Voto Es Su Voz (Your Vote is Your Voice) and went on to found the Southwest Voter Registration Education Project (SVREP), which is the largest and oldest non-partisan Latino voter participation organization in the United States. SVREP opened doors for existing organizations like Mi Familia Vota. Velásquez was a pioneering activist whose work transformed the power of the Latino vote and paved the way for present-day activists.

The award was started in 2016 as part of CFSA’s 2020 strategic plan and honors individuals who have helped others by giving of themselves to make Southern Arizona a more inclusive and welcoming place to live. Ray will be presented with the award during CFSA’s annual event on March 8.

5. If you could pick one movie from any era to watch today, what would it be? To Kill a Mockingbird. The movie is about racial injustice; race relations and doing the right thing even if you know you are going to lose. It’s about recognizing the dignity of every human being. All of these things are still very important today.

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Did you know that Phishing is a form of cyber fraud? Phishing is a form of cyber fraud that involves sending legitimatelooking e-mail messages to targeted recipients in an attempt to gather personal and financial information. COMMON SIGNS OF PHISHING E-MAILS: Incorrect spelling/grammar – Phishing attempts may contain spelling errors or use words in an improper fashion. Use of incentives/prizes – it is common for Phishing attempts to contain offers of money, prizes, or “unclaimed” rebates. Phony confirmations – Phishing e-mails may contain information about purchases that you did not order. Calls to action or threats – Phishing attempts frequently use key phrases such as “verify your account,” “click the link below to gain access to your account,” etc. Misdirected Links – Phishing e-mails regularly contain links that appear to connect to legitimate websites, yet actually go to different locations if clicked. Hover your mouse over the “link” and look in the lower left corner of your browser window to see the actual destination address. Generic Salutations – Phishing e-mails often use generic greetings such as “Dear Customer.” If it is your bank sending you a message, they will not only know your name and use it in correspondence; they will usually include the last few numbers of your account for verification purposes. Bizarre, unexplained or missing subject lines – Phishing attempts may contain strange or abbreviated subject lines or may be missing a subject altogether. Be alert for e-mails that claim to be from a friend or relative but appear suspicious.

Financial institutions will never ask you to provide, verify or update personal or account information via e-mail or an unsecured Internet website. If you receive such a request, do not provide any information. Contact your financial institution to report these instances as soon as possible.

Special contribution by Robin Randall, Senior Vice President | Senior Trust Advisor at Northern Trust. She is also a member of CFSA’s Professional Advisory Committee. For more information on data security from Northern Trust, visit

Multi-sector Grant to Strengthen Tucson’s Southside Food Businesses As we continue to explore strategies to generate greater community impact, one opportunity identified were neighborhoods adjacent to South 12th Avenue (La Doce), a low-income, resilient, predominately Hispanic community with a rich food heritage and culture. To build on this history, a multi-sector partnership was formed that includes the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, City of Tucson – Office of Sustainability, Southwest Folklife Alliance, Tierra y Libertad and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. The group was awarded a matching grant from the Funders’ Network for Sustainable Communities to work in identifying strategies to strengthen La Doce’s local entrepreneur food economy. The team will engage with community members to conduct a comprehensive food system assessment, including the informal food economy that will assist them in determining barriers, needs and opportunities for entrepreneurs. The plan will identify investment opportunities and innovative strategies to address food and economic insecurity through growth in the local food system and organizations. Additionally, a related goal of the project is to connect La Doce which is part of Southern Arizona’s “23 Miles of Mexican Food” to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designation.

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CFSA Newsletter Winter 2017  

CFSA Newsletter Winter 2017