Grants Compendium

Fiscal Year Ending March 2020

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust supports organizations that enrich health, well-being, and opportunity for the people of Maricopa County, Arizona. Piper Trust concentrates its efforts in six areas: healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education, and religious organizations. Browse grants by area below.

 

Arts and Culture

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant Amount Paid FY20
Act OneSupport strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Arizona Commission on the ArtsSupport data visualization mapping for the Arizona Cultural Data Project.10/14/2019$2,500$2,500
Arizona State University FoundationSupport resilience building via capacity improvement for the ASU Art Museum (AGILE Reinforcing Resiliency in Arts and Culture).7/22/2019$120,000$120,000
Ballet ArizonaSupport resilience building via capacity improvement (AGILE Reinforcing Resiliency in Arts and Culture).7/22/2019$109,000$109,000
Black Theatre Troupe, Inc.Support capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Desert Botanical GardenSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).5/13/2019$15,000$15,000
Frank Lloyd Wright FoundationSupport resilience building via capacity improvement (AGILE Reinforcing Resiliency in Arts and Culture).8/12/2019$284,000$284,000
Free Arts for Abused Children of ArizonaPurchase and renovate building (Capital Campaign).2/10/2020$450,000$450,000
Friends of Public Radio ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).8/12/2019$15,000$15,000
Herberger Theater CenterSupport resilience building via capacity improvement (AGILE Reinforcing Resiliency in Arts and Culture).8/12/2019$158,000$158,000
Jazz in Arizona, Inc.Support capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Musical Theatre of AnthemPurchase unified audio, lighting, and microphone system.10/14/2019$57,000$57,000
Phoenix Art MuseumSupport comprehensive digital strategy development, website, and technology upgrades.8/14/2017$993,000$167,800
Phoenix ChoraleSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).2/10/2020$15,000$15,000
Phoenix Girls Chorus, IncDevelop and implement comprehensive fundraising plan.5/13/2019$129,000$66,000
Phoenix TheatreImplement strategic business plan to strengthen financial capacity.9/11/2017$500,000$300,000
Phoenix ZooSupport construction of new cultural habitats (Capital Campaign).9/9/2019$1,210,000$410,000
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for ChildrenExpand youth services via new fundraising and marketing strategies.5/10/2017$185,000 $50,000
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for ChildrenSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund)9/9/2019$15,000$15,000
SMU DataArts Support Cultural Data Profile arts and culture data tools and related trainings.12/11/2017$135,000 $45,000
SOUNDS AcademyDevelop fundraising plan and build board governance.11/11/2019$60,000$39,000
Theater WorksSupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Valley Youth TheatrePurchase digital wireless microphone system and associated equipment.8/12/2019$244,000$244,000
Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the WestDevelop and implement a comprehensive marketing and communications initiative.8/13/2018$468,300 $165,000

Children

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant Amount Paid FY20
Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life SkillsRenovate center and expand program.2/10/2020$100,000$100,000
Arizona Community FoundationSupport the Arizona Collective Impact Initiative for Child Safety and Well-Being.2/10/2020$62,000$62,000
Arizona Helping Hands Purchase and implement comprehensive business operations software.4/9/2018$188,500$75,000
Arizona Recreation Center for the HandicappedSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).4/13/2020$15,000$15,000
Assistance League of East Valley ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).8/12/2019$15,000$15,000
Association for Supportive Child CareSupport strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central ArizonaImplement modified mentor retention plan and training.11/12/2018$108,500 $30,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, Inc.Support organization merger.2/10/2020$250,000$250,000
Boys Hope Girls Hope of ArizonaImplement cultural competence programming.12/10/2018$213,700 $100,000
Boys Hope Girls Hope of ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).2/10/2020$15,000$15,000
Child Crisis ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund)8/12/2019$15,000$15,000
Family Promise - Greater PhoenixPurchase and renovate building to support expansion of homeless family services in Glendale.3/11/2019$337,750$337,750
Feeding MattersDevelop and distribute Family Guide to Pediatric Feeding Disorder.10/14/2019$147,000$90,500
Foundation for Blind ChildrenDesign and implement a social group lesson system for visually impaired children ages birth to three.6/10/2019$220,000$135,000
Free Arts for Abused Children of ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).3/9/2020$15,000$15,000
Future for KIDSExpand youth mentoring program.3/9/2020$87,500$50,000
Gabriel's AngelsSupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Homeless Youth Connection, Inc.Expand homeless youth supports through Empowering Youth For The Future program.12/10/2018$200,000 $75,000
Maggie's PlaceSupport strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Native American Connections, Inc.Develop community meeting areas for homeless youth in Saguaro Ki Housing Program.4/8/2019$250,000$250,000
New Life CenterSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).8/12/2019$15,000$15,000
New Pathways for Youth Purchase and renovate building to expand services.12/9/2019$480,000$480,000
One Small StepRenovate building to expand services.9/9/2019$96,000$96,000
one-n-ten Support strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Open HeartsSupport strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Prevent Child Abuse ArizonaSupport expansion of comprehensive parent education program.12/11/2017$475,000$92,700
Prevent Child Abuse ArizonaSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).1/15/2019$15,000 $15,000
Raising Special KidsSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).5/13/2019$15,000$15,000
Southwest Autism Research & Resource CenterSupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—Post-ATLAS/Human Services Organizations).3/9/2020$500,000$500,000
Summer Youth Program Fund (Arizona Community Foundation as fiscal agent)Support a funding collaborative to invest in summer programs for youth.4/8/2019$300,000$200,000
Tanner Community Development CorporationImplement Children in Kinship Care program.2/13/2017$281,000$72,500
The Salvation ArmySupport utilities assistance program.4/8/2019$750,000$500,000
Valley of the Sun YMCA Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).3/9/2020$15,000$15,000
Wesley Community & Health CentersRenovate kitchen to support enhanced programming for youth.9/9/2019$182,000$182,000

Education

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Arizona State University Foundation Implement the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience.8/13/2018$12,500,000 $1,622,346
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley, Inc.Expand STEM programming for youth via partnership with Woz U Education Program. (Original grant was to Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix)9/10/2018$500,000$210,000
Indiana University FoundationEstablish the Arthur W. DeCabooter Fellowship in Higher Education at the School of Education in memory of Arthur W. DeCabooter.11/11/2019$250,000$250,000
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. Support strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Make Way for BooksPilot early literacy program in Avondale.4/8/2019$400,000$162,000
Maricopa County Community College District Foundation Support Achieving a College Education (ACE) program at four community colleges.3/13/2017$3,000,000 $1,000,000
Southwest Human Development Provide comprehensive early childhood training for education professionals.8/12/2019$600,000$325,000

Healthcare and Medical Research

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Creighton UniversitySupport construction of health sciences building on Creighton University Arizona Health Sciences Campus (Capital Campaign).5/13/2019$10,000,000$2,500,000
Eye Care 4 KidsEstablish a school-based children's vision clinic.12/9/2019$300,000$300,000
Human Services Campus, Inc.Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).8/12/2019$15,000$15,000
Jewish Family and Children's ServiceImplement trauma-informed training and professional development program.3/9/2020$200,000$100,000
Mission of Mercy Develop service model to strengthen healthcare offerings.12/11/2017$251,750$100,500
Keogh Health ConnectionSupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
LifeStream Complete Senior Living, Inc.Repurpose assisted living location to a Green House model short-term rehabilitation facility.4/9/2018$524,000$297,000
St. Joseph's Foundation - A Dignity Health MemberPurchase three neonatal incubator care stations.2/10/2020$132,000$132,000
Technical Assistance Partnership of ArizonaPurchase 48 SPOT photoscreeners for distribution to Maricopa County agencies to administer vision screening tests to children.11/11/2019$360,000$360,000
The Neighborhood Christian ClinicExpand medical and dental services for uninsured patients.3/9/2020$220,000$55,000
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)Support to conduct community level screening for the presence of COVID-19.3/17/2020$100,000$100,000
Valle del Sol, Inc.Upgrade technology to support telemedicine program.11/11/2019$350,000$350,000
Valleywise Health FoundationSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).4/8/2019$15,000$15,000

Older Adults

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Banner Health FoundationImplement healthy living program for older adults.9/9/2019$525,000$221,000
Central Arizona Shelter ServicesSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).11/11/2019$15,000$15,000
Central Arizona Shelter ServicesEnhance assessment tools and services for older adults.12/9/2019$535,000$200,000
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).6/10/2019$15,000$15,000
Diana Gregory Outreach ServicesExpand fundraising efforts.12/9/2019$47,000$20,000
Esperança, IncImplement health education programs for Latino older adults.10/8/2018$300,000$99,500
Esperança, IncSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).2/10/2020$15,000$15,000
Experience MattersSupport continuation of scalable business model.6/19/2017$300,000$75,000
Foundation for Senior LivingSupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).5/13/2019$15,000$15,000
Foundation for Senior LivingSupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—Post-ATLAS/Human Services Organizations).2/10/2020$500,000$500,000
Foundation for Senior LivingSupport construction of new adult day health services center in Glendale (Capital Campaign).3/9/2020$430,000$430,000
ICM Food & Clothing BankSupport strategic organizational enhancements (ATLAS Nonprofit Strength and Endurance).9/10/2018$50,000$50,000
Mercy Housing SouthwestImplement health navigation program for low-income older adults.10/14/2019$170,000$60,500
Neighbors Who Care, Inc.Support capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Northwest Valley Connect Support efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).5/13/2019$15,000$15,000
Rebuilding Together Valley of the SunEnhance volunteer recruitment and engagement program.11/11/2019$135,000$80,000
Tempe Community Action Agency, Inc.Redesign independent living program for older adults.8/12/2019$75,000$75,000
United States Veterans InitiativeImplement comprehensive wellness program for older adult veterans.2/11/2019$175,700$74,800

Other

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Arizona Community FoundationSupport funder collaborative for enduring nonprofit collaborations in Arizona. (Arizona Together for Impact Fund).9/10/2018$150,000$50,000
International Rescue CommitteeSupport the Phoenix Welcome Center for Migrant Families.8/12/2019$400,000$200,000
McDowell Sonoran ConservancySupport efforts to strengthen nonprofit board governance practices and leadership (Good Governance Fund).3/9/2020$15,000$15,000
Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc. Support for six Maricopa County nonprofits to participate in the Listen for Good 2019 Cohort.8/12/2019$90,000$90,000
WildfireDevelop and produce marketing collateral for Utilities Assistance Network.6/10/2019$10,000$10,000

Piper Fellows

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Area Agency on Aging, Region One, Inc.Support leadership development and educational programs for Melissa Elliott's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/13/2017$40,000$10,000
Area Agency on Aging, Region One, Inc.Support planning and evaluation (Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award).2/10/2020$50,000$50,000
Association of Arizona Food BanksSupport leadership development and educational programs for Angie Rodgers' Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/11/2019$40,000$30,000
AZCENDSupport leadership development and educational programs for Trinity Donovan's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/12/2018$40,000$10,000
Barrow Neurological FoundationSupport leadership development and educational programs for Katie Cobb's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/12/2018$40,000$10,000
Children's Museum of PhoenixSupport leadership development and educational programs for Kate Wells' Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/12/2018$40,000$10,000
Franciscan Renewal CenterSupport leadership development and educational programs for Charlie Brown's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/11/2019$40,000$30,000
Fresh Start Women's FoundationSupport leadership development and educational programs for Meg Sneed's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/12/2018$40,000$10,000
Fresh Start Women's FoundationTo support implementation of software and database (Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement).2/10/2020$50,000$50,000
Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.Train staff in diversity, equity, and inclusion to support membership goals (Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award).4/8/2019$50,000$50,000
Hospice of the Valley Implement new patient care volunteer model (Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award).8/12/2019$50,000$50,000
Mesa Arts Center FoundationSupport leadership development and educational programs for Tiffany Fairall's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/11/2019$40,000$40,000
Mountain Park Health CenterProvide employees access to temporary caregiver services (Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award).6/10/2019$50,000$50,000
Oakwood Creative Care, Inc.Support leadership development and educational programs for Sherri Friend's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/11/2019$40,000$30,000
Terros HealthSupport leadership development and educational programs for Arianne Roy's Piper Fellow sabbatical.11/11/2019$40,000$30,000

Religious Organizations

OrganizationTitleAward DateGrant AmountPaid FY20
Arizona Jewish Historical SocietySupport capacity building (2020 Initiative—ATLAS Expansion/Enhancement).7/1/2019$50,000$50,000
Society of St. Vincent de PaulSupport utilities assistance program.4/8/2019$750,000$500,000
Society of St. Vincent de PaulSupport strategic investments in fundraising and marketing (2020 Initiative).9/9/2019$5,000,000$1,000,000

Direct Charitable Activities

A Direct Charitable Activity (DCA) is a program or project that Piper Trust initiates itself to address a complex social challenge. DCAs often involve long-term investments, collaborations, or targeted efforts to fortify organizations focused on solving the specific challenge. Select examples of Piper Trust’s DCAs are below. Direct Charitable Activities paid in FY20: $1,945,766.

Program / ProjectDescription
Capacity Building ATLAS/AGILE

ATLAS, symbolic of strength and endurance in Greek mythology, is a Piper Trust project designed to strengthen the organizational and operational structure of a select group of nonprofits. ATLAS nonprofits assess lifecycle stages and develop comprehensive plans for building organizational capacity.

AGILE supports building the operational capacity and organizational resilience of a Trust-selected set of mid-sized grantee arts organizations. By employing “a capacity + capitalization” approach to organizational resilience, AGILE aims to build an organization’s capacity and capital to weather the unexpected while effectively carrying out their mission.

Early Literacy / Read On ArizonaRead On Arizona is a statewide, public/private collaboration of organizations committed to building an early literacy system that improves language and literacy outcomes for Arizona’s children, birth through age eight—delivering the right program at the right time for every child. Piper Trust is a founding partner of the collaborative. The Trust established and supports the Arizona Literacy Director who works in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, Head Start State Collaboration Office, First Things First, and other local philanthropic partners on statewide efforts to improve early childhood literacy.
Children's Vision Health/Eyes On LearningEyes On Learning is a collaborative effort that strengthens, expands, and advances children’s vision health. The effort works to help ensure all children have effective vision screening and the appropriate follow-up services that are essential to good health and learning success. The Trust established and supports the Arizona Children’s Screening Director who works in partnership with Read On Arizona and other state, local, and national organizations dedicated to vision health and learning success for all Arizona children.
Maricopa Family Support AllianceMaricopa Family Support Alliance grew out of Piper Trust’s commitment to explore the strength of coalition building among organizations serving the complex social needs of families. The Alliance is now an established and growing network of more than 70 nonprofits and public agencies, ranging from healthcare to housing. By working collectively, agencies can better serve families in need and families can access the social services they need through a coordinated approach.
Piper AcademiesPiper Academies are designed specifically for nonprofit leaders and provide a range of personal and organizational development opportunities. Led by nationally renowned experts and thought leaders, Academies are developed around a significant theme each year (e.g., from strengthening operating principles to understanding “employees as purpose-drivers”), and are presented in various formats for individuals or teams. Many Piper Academies result in follow-on training for staff and volunteer leaders or funding opportunities.
Piper FellowsThe Piper Fellows Program provides individual Maricopa County social profit leaders with the financial resources to participate in a comprehensive professional development plan that allows them to reach, retool, and revitalize. Fellows are also eligible to apply for an Organizational Enhancement Award to support a project that addresses an opportunity or challenge facing the organization. Up to six Piper Fellows are selected annually via a competitive application process.

Historical / Trust Initiated Grants

Grant TypeDescriptionPaid FY20
Affiliations

Through membership in professional associations and organizations that support philanthropy, Piper Trust’s Board and staff have opportunities to collaborate and learn from colleagues of grantmaking organizations across the country.

Affiliation Organizations Include:

  • Arizona Grantmakers Forum
  • Council on Foundations
  • Grantmakers for Effective Organizations
  • Grantmakers in Aging
  • Grantmakers in the Arts
  • PEAK Grantmaking
  • Philanthropy Southwest
  • The Communications Network
$76,682
Back-to-School Grants ProgramPiper Trust believes that essential clothing provides children with confident beginnings for a successful school year. In preparation for the 2019-2020 school year, 305 Title I public elementary schools within 45 districts in Maricopa County received back-to-school grants to support their students with necessary school clothes and uniforms.$534,500
Historical GrantsMrs. Piper supported a variety of organizations and projects in which the Trust continues to invest.$740,000
Trust Initiated GrantsTrust initiated grants include Trustee advised, employee matching, and other special grants awarded.$1,361,630