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June 2008 eNewsletter

Piper Staff Note

Assistant to the President

I had the privilege of being the very first employee of Piper Trust, working as assistant to the Board of Trustees beginning in the months following Virginia Piper's death in June 1999. In September 2000, president Judy Mohraz, research director Wayne Parker and I moved into our first permanent offices on North Scottsdale Road. We rattled around in the space. Now, eight years later, with a staff of 17 and bursting at the seams, we are moving to a new home in Phoenix. In this issue of Piper Bulletin, you will learn more about our move, as well as exciting news from Luxembourg about the Partnership for Personalized Medicine.

Partnership for Personalized Medicine

Luxembourg has invested in three interrelated research projects.

Partnership for Personalized Medicine signs major agreement with Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Arizona's evolution to become a center for biosciences leapfrogged Thursday, June 5. The government of Luxembourg announced a $200 million agreement with the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), the Partnership for Personalized Medicine and the Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, to increase the pace of the Grand Duchy's innovation in molecular biology, systems biology and personalized medicine.
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Read the official press release from the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg…

Read the Arizona Republic Article…

Read the ASU News Article…

About the Partnership for Personalized Medicine…

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News from Piper Trust

Piper's new offices will be located on the NE corner of 12th Street and Missouri Avenue in Phoenix.

Piper Trust to move to 1202 East Missouri Avenue, Phoenix
After eight years leasing offices in the Scottsdale Spectrum, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is moving to its own building in Phoenix on June 30, 2008. Located at the corner of 12th Street and Missouri Avenue, the building will be home to the Trust's 17 employees and seven members of the Board of Trustees with room for growth in staff and services. Read more…

Move timetable:
Wednesday, June 25 - Last day in the Scottsdale office

Monday, June 30 - First day in the new Missouri Avenue office

Phone numbers remain the same.

Map to new offices…

Arizona Science Center is one of nine recent grant recipients.

Piper Trust makes $2.5 million in grants to benefit children focusing on programs in health, arts and education
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has awarded grants to benefit children in Maricopa County that will improve early childhood education, music and science educational enhancement, leadership programming for at-risk girls, pet therapy for children and child abuse prevention.
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Nonprofit Resources

Aspen Institute releases mobilizing change: 10 nonprofit policy proposals to strengthen U.S. communities
A new report highlighting promising policy innovations for the nation's social sector was released by the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program.
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Download report…

Boards of midsize nonprofits:
their needs and challenges

Based on a survey of midsize nonprofits CEOs, examines the levels of board engagement, performance of various responsibilities, and recruitment of members and composition of boards, as well as contributing factors. Includes implications and recommendations.

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Grantee Highlights

Opera Ball 2008 exceeds goals
Arizona Opera, May 19, 2008
With the generous support of 310 guests dressed in black-tie finery, Opera Ball 2008 raised more than $280,000 in support of Arizona Opera's main stage productions and education and outreach. Read more…

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts announces its
2008-2009 season

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, May 18, 2008
The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, which has just started a major renovation of its atrium and Virginia G. Piper Theater, will present an exciting 2008-2009 season of dance, jazz, classical… Read more…

First Science Center in the world to have NanoSeam Dome
Arizona Science Center, May 12, 2008
Arizona Science Center is proud to announce the grand re-opening of the Dorrance Planetarium after six and a half months of renovations. The planetarium opened to the public… Read more…

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In the Media

That Spirit of Volunteerism, 60 Million Strong
The New York Times, June 8, 2008
Why do people volunteer? Maybe it's a need to help out, do good and give back. Maybe it's boredom, a desire to meet new people or concern that one's obituary won't have much to say. Read more…

Investments in people
Financial Times, June 7, 2008
The next few years could see a shift in emphasis in the nonprofit world - at least, if the work of organizations supporting entrepreneurs is an indication of the direction the sector is taking. Read more…

Foundation investments grew by nearly 10% last year, study finds
Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 4, 2008
Despite a slowing economy, American foundations reported an average annual return on investments of 9.9 percent for 2007, a rate that was down from the year before but higher than the average… Read more…

New IRS rules help donors vet charities
The Wall Street Journal, May 29, 2008
Americans searching for the best places to make charitable donations are about to get more help from the federal government. The Internal Revenue Service, the tax agency that serves as the main regulator… Read more…

Giving the poor the business
USA Today, May 21, 2008
Nobel Prize winner Yunus has a new idea for attacking poverty through capitalism: Enlist companies whose mission is to change the world.
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