Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Statewide Conference is Aug. 21 and 22

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Registration is now open for “Engage”, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit’s statewide conference to be held August 21 and 22 at the DesertWillow Conference Center in Phoenix from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. 

Members and non-members of the Alliance will participatein two full days of relevant programming with a lens towards engaging nonprofit staff, board and volunteers in effective leadership and collaboration for sustainability and success. The conference will feature more than 40 sessions covering topics from fundraising and capacity building to leadership and board governance. 

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit’s annual conference is designed for all levels of staff, from EDs/CEOs and development teams, to program staff, and board members. Sessions will be taught at a variety of skill levels depending on complexity.

This year’s keynote speakers are:

 • Tim Delaney, President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits.  He will speak Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 9 a.m. His topic is Nonprofit Impact Matters: How America’s Charitable Nonprofits Strengthen Communities and Improve Lives.

• Sybil Francis, Ph.D., CEO and President, Center for the Future of Arizona.  She will speak Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 12 p.m. Her topic is Building A Brighter Future Together

• Kristen Merrifield, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. She will speak Thursday, Aug. 22 at 9 a.m. Her topic is Graduating From the Kiddie Table: How to Stand Up, Speak Out and Claim Our Seat as Equal and Collaborative Community Partners.

The conference serves as a way to engage with other nonprofit professionals and to discuss current topics of concern such as donor and board engagement, crisis communications, endowments, cultural health, sustainability, marketing, diversity in the workplace and financial leadership.

The conference also hosts sessions designed for nonprofit executives and young professionals. Sessions include speakers from Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, The Phoenix Symphony, Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix and the State Bar of Arizona.

Registration is open and pricing ranges from $119 to $289. Registration includes breakfast and lunch each day, 4 keynote presentations and more than 40 breakout sessions to choose from.

A full speaker list can be found at

The Summit is sponsored by J. R. Hollon & Associates, Vitalyst Health Foundation and Your Part-time Controller. Sponsorships and exhibiting opportunities are still available and can be reserved by contacting Jennifer Purcell, Director of Community Engagement, at or call 602-279-9166.

For more information about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits or to register for events, visit

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