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We can’t go back to the future … The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is an action-oriented group of partners across Arizona — both nonprofits and those in the community who support them — dedicated to uniting, strengthening and advancing Arizona’s nonprofit sector. The Alliance envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving.


p. 2 The Nonprofit/For-Profit Connection: AWE Corporate Interiors and Cancer Support Community AZ p. 3 998, 999, 1,000! p. 4 Your Business and Arizona Gives Day p. 5 On The Board and In The Spotlight: Shaylinn Aleman

p. 6 The Board’s Role in Advocacy: An Expectation for Engaged Leadership

If you lived through the ‘80s, you will definitely remember an iconic moment from Back to the Future. It’s the moment Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, realizes his future is at risk of never happening as his siblings begin to disappear from a family photo. Much like young Marty, we can’t forget what the picture of our future as a community might look like if we don’t remain vigilant about protecting the sustainability of our local nonprofits. What if no one stood up for the nonprofit sector? In 2014, the nonprofit sector contributed more than $22.4 billion to Arizona’s Gross State Product (GSP), positioning its contribution on par with the state’s entire retail trade. Arizona’s 21,137 registered nonprofits collectively generated approximately $28 billion in revenue, approximately on par with the annual revenue generated by the construction sector in the state. Also, Arizona nonprofits are responsible for 325,000 jobs and constitute the fifth-largest nongovernmental employer. Nonprofits are critical to the overall health of the Arizona economy and our communities. But what if nonprofits aren’t being compensated for the full cost of providing services? What if politics is allowed to creep in and cloud the support of charitable work, and nonprofits are no longer “safe havens” for every Arizonan? What if nonprofits and their boards don’t know they have a right to advocate on their behalf? What if …? What if …? What if …? Unfortunately, we don’t have a DeLorean to take us “back to the future” to fix things that might go wrong. We have to act now. That’s where we come in. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, now 1,000 members strong, works tirelessly to ensure the voice of nonprofits is loud and clear on issues impacting their critical work on behalf of all our communities. And we make sure nonprofit professionals and their boards have access to information, resources and training to help them advocate on issues specific to their missions. The Alliance has worked tirelessly to protect and promote the nonprofit sector by rallying forces to communicate the dangers of eliminating or reducing the incentive for charitable tax deductions, educating lawmakers on why keeping Continued on Pg. 2


January 2018 issue of In Business Magazine  
January 2018 issue of In Business Magazine