Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust’s Grantmaking Highlights Nonprofits’ Dedication to Children and Youth

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust’s recent investments support a range
of nonprofits in their solution-oriented missions. This compilation of
grants will help advance the health, well-being, and development of our
community’s children and teens—some examples include:

  • Founded by the American Heart Association and the Clinton Foundation,
    the Alliance for a Healthier Generation works nationally to
    reduce childhood obesity and empower children to make healthy
    lifestyle choices. The Alliance will assist 50 afterschool sites
    throughout Maricopa County with implementation of programs that
    improve children’s access to healthy foods and physical activity.
  • New Pathways for Youth will be enhancing its already
    transformative mentoring program—new services will include life
    enrichment workshops and activities for its students in addition to
    ongoing training and support for mentors and parents. Annually, the
    organization serves more than 500 youth who face challenging family
    circumstances and are in great need of mentoring and leadership
    development.
  • Since 2009, more than 350,000 parents have received the Arizona
    Parent Kit
    before departing a hospital or birthing center with
    their newborn. The comprehensive kit contains resources to help
    parents support their child in each phase of early
    development—materials span areas such as health, safety, child care,
    and early literacy. First Things First administers the Parent Kit. The
    Centers for Habilitation
    handles production and is working to
    enhance the distribution process and meet increasing demand;
    approximately 75,000 Parent Kits are distributed throughout the state
    annually.
  • To ensure that medically fragile babies and their families have access
    to comprehensive services as they transition home from neonatal
    intensive care units—a statewide collaboration of agencies, parent
    groups, medical professionals, and insurance companies formed the
    Smooth Way Home Community Taskforce. Southwest Human Development
    leads the effort and is enhancing and expanding the Smooth Way Home
    program.

“Piper Trust’s recent grantmaking showcases a depth and breadth of
nonprofit work that strengthens and supports young lives in our
community. It is incredibly inspiring to note the many collaborative
partnerships represented in this collection of grants—from new ways to
partner on children’s healthcare to providing arts and culture
opportunities for underserved students—as our 2015 Encore Career Prize
Awardee, Russ Perlich, is doing through Act One,” said Susan Pepin,
M.D., president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Following is the list of grants awarded April
through November 2015
by grantmaking area; grants for this period
total more than $6.8 million.

ARTS AND CULTURE—TOTAL AWARDED: $905,400

Desert
Botanical Garden

Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit
board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).
$15,000
/ 12 months

Phoenix Chamber Music Society
Develop
business and marketing plans.
$55,000 / 12 months

Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Develop
and implement comprehensive fundraising and marketing policies and
strategies.
$117,000 / 36 months

The
Phoenix Symphony

Upgrade technology to support expanded
strategic marketing and audience development.
$718,400 / 24 months

CHILDREN—TOTAL AWARDED: $3,900,000

Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Inc.
Implement
“Healthy Out-of-School Time” initiative for youth at 50 Maricopa County
sites.
$255,000 / 36 months

Arizona
Helping Hands

Support facility and technology upgrades to
improve services for foster children and families.
$75,000 / 12
months

Association
of Arizona Food Banks

Implement outreach program to reduce
child hunger.
$165,000 / 36 months

Boys
& Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix

Build new
gymnasium for after-school programs.
$750,000 / 12 months

Foundation
for Blind Children

Expand the school’s early learning
programs and establish new vision clinic (Capital Campaign).
$1,000,000
/ 24 months

Girl
Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.

Support completion
of new Leadership Center for Girls and Women (Capital Campaign).
$1,500,000
/ 24 months

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Support efforts to
strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good
Governance Fund).
$15,000 / 12 months

New
Pathways for Youth

Expand and enhance youth mentoring
training for staff, volunteers, and parents.
$125,000 / 24 months

The
Centers for Habilitation

Replace equipment and technology
to improve distribution of Arizona Parent Kit.
$15,000 / 12 months

EDUCATION—TOTAL AWARDED: $320,000

Arizona
Community Foundation

Explore potential Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentoring program for young women in
Maricopa County.
$20,000 / 12 months

Jobs
for Arizona’s Graduates, Inc.

Expand college and career
readiness program for at-risk youth.
$300,000 / 36 months

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—TOTAL AWARDED:
$597,000

Arizona
Coalition for Tomorrow Charitable Fund, Inc.

Support
comprehensive healthcare screenings for low-income children.
$86,000
/ 36 months

Southwest
College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences

Support
efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and
leadership (Good Governance Fund).
$15,000 / 12 months

Southwest
Human Development

Implement comprehensive continuum of care
from hospital to home for fragile infants and their families.
$496,000
/ 36 months

OLDER ADULTS—TOTAL AWARDED: $738,000

Act
One

Support in honor of Mr.
Russ Perlich
, founder of Act One and the 2015 Piper Trust Encore
Career Prize Awardee.
$50,000 / 12 months

Arizona
Commission on the Arts

Support training and development for
artists and organizations positioned to execute creative aging programs
for older adults.
$225,000 / 36 months

Banner
Alzheimer’s Foundation

Support physician education/training
to enhance dementia care.
$83,000 / 12 months

Experience Matters Consortium, Inc.
Update
strategic plan and expand program tools.
$200,000 / 12 months

Foundation
for Senior Living

Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit
board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).
$15,000
/ 12 months

Regional
Community Partners

Support organizational development
efforts for three age-friendly community sites.
$40,000 / 12 months

Southern
Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired

Implement
health and wellness program in Maricopa County for blind/visually
impaired older adults.
$125,000 / 18 months

RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS—TOTAL AWARDED:
$300,000

Society
of St. Vincent de Paul

Implement marketing and fundraising
project.
$300,000 / 7 months

OTHER—TOTAL AWARDED: $70,000

Arizona Community Foundation
Support
a funding collaborative for the Nonprofit Capacity Building Landscape
Project.
$10,000 / 12 months

Lodestar
Day Resource Center

Support emergency shelter needs.
$60,000
/ 12 months

About Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust:

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich
health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County,
Arizona. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has
invested more than $347 million in local nonprofits and programs. Piper
Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children,
older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations.
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View Piper Trust’s FY14 Annual Report at: www.pipertrust.org/annualreport2014

Contacts

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
Karen Leland, 480-556-7125
Director,
Communications and External Relations
kleland@pipertrust.org