Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits 2022 ENGAGE Nonprofit Conference

Thursday, August 25, 2022 -
7:30am to 4:00pm UTC
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Members from Arizona Grantmakers and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits come together on Thursday, August 25, 2022 from 7:30 a.m. –  4 p.m for Alliance's Annual ENGAGE Nonprofit Conference. 






Since 2013, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has been offering professional development and networking opportunities for Arizona nonprofit professionals at its statewide Annual Nonprofit Conference. Attendees will enjoy presentations by keynote speakers, attend educational breakout sessions, and visit with sponsors/nonprofit champions. 

New philanthropy track for 2022  Join your fellow grantmakers and funders for a philanthropy-focused series featuring guest speakers from the sector, see the schedule below!

Join us in person on August 25th as the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits bring their highly-anticipated annual conference back to Phoenix!

When: Thursday, August 25th, 2022 from 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM PST
Where:  Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 E Cotton Center Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona  85040

Contact: The Alliance Team by emailing or calling 602-279-2966

Register:  Unfortunately this event is currently at capacity. However, at times seats become available due to last minute cancellations. You can sign up for the waitlist here. Please note, that those on the waitlist will be contacted one week prior to August 25th when a seat is open, based on your placement on the list, so please put a hold on your calendar accordingly if you plan on coming. Keep an eye on your inbox, the Alliance requires your response within 24 hours of notification or the seat will go to the next person on the list.

Event Information

After convening the annual conference virtually in 2020 and 2021, the Alliance is excited to announce that the 2022 ENGAGE Nonprofit Conference will be back in person at the Desert Willow Conference Center. This year's 1-day conference will feature two keynotes as well as 17 workshops! Additionally, we are pleased to announce that Arizona Grantmakers Forum will be hosting a learning track for philanthropic organizations. Arizona Grantmakers members have their own registration page on the Alliance website,  click here to register.


Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEM – CEO & Founder – All Aces, Inc.

Resilient Organizational Culture by Embedding Equity  
Participants will experience an engaging session on what a resilient and equitable organizational culture looks like. Dr. Martin will provide knowledge and tools for participants to play an active role in transforming their organizations. Visit All Aces, Inc website to learn more. 

Maisha Hagan - CEO & Head Coach - Beauty & the Boss, LLC

Personal Leadership: What it Means and Why it Matters

An inspirational keynote that underscores seven important facets of personal leadership for visionary leaders. Visit Beauty & The Boss website to learn more




Schedule Overview*

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.  Registration, Exhibitor Booths, Networking, Breakfast 
8:30 – 9 a.m.  Opening Plenary 
9 – 10 a.m.  Morning Keynote: Resilient Organizational Culture by Embedding Equity
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.   Luncheon Keynote: Personal Leadership: What it Means and Why it Matters
12:45 – 1 p.m.  Break, Exhibitor Booths
1 – 2:15 p.m.  PM1 Breakout Sessions
2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Break, Exhibitor Booths
2:30 – 4 p.m.  PM2 Breakout Sessions

*Schedule and speakers are subject to changes leading up to the conference.

Session Title Speakers Description


Embracing DEI Resistance & Driving Change from the Bottom Up 

Angela Palmer | Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits  Change within any organization is difficult, especially when lower-level and C-Suite employees may not recognize the same challenges. Join for an interactive session on tips for driving inclusive change from the bottom up within your organization. Learn how to best approach DEI resistance from executive leadership and push aside hesitancies to drive change. 


Scalable Content Creation Strategies: Doing More with Less

Tom Evans | ON Advertising      We’ll discuss how to identify quality content for use in press releases, marketing materials, social media and other platforms, and how to ensure the content is used in the most effective and productive ways possible.


Improve Board Engagement with Effective Financial Dashboards*


*Intended for C-Suite attendees

Joan Hubele | Hubele Accounting and Consulting  Sound financial practices are critically important to the success of your nonprofit given the reality of stretched resources, the need for accountability to donors and institutional funding sources, and the uncertainties and fluctuations in funding. It is essential that your nonprofit Board be engaged in the health of your organization’s finances, but many Board members find financial processes confusing and challenging. This presentation will help you learn how to best present your finances and offer a concrete tool to increase your Board’s fiscal management knowledge and ease around nonprofit finances.


The Process- Driven Annual Fund    

Sue and Ron Rescigno | Rescigno's Fundraising Professionals Join Ron and Sue Rescigno as we guide you through the necessary steps it takes to create a comprehensive annual fund program that provides its donors and prospects with a continuous flow of communication throughout any given year. 


Evaluating Impact: General Operating Support and Why it Matters**


**Intended for philanthropy professionals

Joyce Medina Harper | Dougherty Foundation 

Kelly Huber | Community Foundation of Southern Arizona 

Maria Echeveste | Bank of America 

In this session focused primarily for funders (nonprofits also welcome), we’ll explore the hot topic of general operating support, why it’s an essential practice for nonprofits to thrive, and how funders can measure the impact of their giving while giving through a trust-based model. Attendees will hear from a panel of three-Arizona funders who are already engaging in general operating support and learn the how-to’s of implementing new grantmaking practices. 

Facilitator: Erin Owen, Director of Member Engagement and Education, Arizona Grantmakers Forum


Our Community Deserves Our Whole Selves: Radical Authenticity as the Pathway to Equity**


**Intended for philanthropy professionals

Chloe Silva | Boys to Men Tucson How deeply are you engaging with the communities that you serve? In this session, we will reflect on how we create authentic, sustainable connections in order to center lived experience, enhance accountability, and share power. We will question the cultural practices that hold us back from advancing our racial equity goals, and practice different ways of engaging. This session will challenge you to go beyond the dollars to make a different kind of investment in your community. 


The Great Re-Engagement
Everett Taylor | Taylor Systems Executive Coaching 
Erin Owens | Arizona Grantmakers Forum (Moderator)
This interactive session will stimulate leaders to think about the causes of, and solutions to, the great resignation… the unprecedented outflow of talent at a time of unequalled need. Fostering an engaged work force takes on extraordinary importance in these mind-blowing times of the COVID 19 pandemic. In the face of their own exhaustion and trauma, nonprofit leaders must apply or quickly acquire top-notch communication and interpersonally-caring skills and practices. 


Salary Benchmarking: The Who and How*


*Intended for C-Suite attendees

Dr. Tiffanie Dillard |  Avenir Consulting Partners 

Lori Howard |  Avenir Consulting Partners 

Liz Kinfather |  Avenir Consulting Partners 

Employees expect more from organizations than ever before. Attracting and retaining the best talent is so much more than the recruitment process alone. Understanding what candidates want and need and providing the full picture when it comes to salary, benefits and equity can be the difference between a candidate choosing your organization over another.

Facilitator: Torrie Taj CFRE, CEO, Child Crisis Arizona 


Speaking with a United Voice: The Power of Collective Impact Advocacy** 


**Intended for philanthropy professionals

Laurie Liles | Arizona Grantmakers Forum  Join your philanthropic and nonprofit colleagues to explore the power—and challenges—of collective impact advocacy. Learn what’s possible when nonprofits and funders join forces to educate policymakers and shape policy and why it is sometimes challenging for nonprofits to secure grants for advocacy-related work. (nonprofits welcome)


Managing Volunteers in the Digital Age
Joel Peabody | Virtuous Software     No matter what technologies you currently use at your organization, your team needs a strategy for realistically implementing your vision for how technology can aid in the objectives of your organization, specifically volunteer management. By looking at several real-world examples of organizations who have maximized their technology effectively in order to serve their organization’s mission. We will also use this time as a workshop to help identify your organization’s tech stack, understand technology gaps, and create a plan for how to move forward with evaluating and implementing volunteer engagement tools. 


Invisible Aspects of IDEA and Impacts of Microaggressions
Katee Van Horn | ChargeNet Stations  We all know that diversity includes gender and race but what about the invisible aspects that impact your teams and their interactions with each other? We need to make sure we are connecting authentically. 


Building Powerful Partnerships: Funders and Grantees**

**Intended for philanthropy professionals 

John Amoroso | The David & Lura Lovell Foundation 

Andrea Moreno | SRP

Carmen Heredia| Valle Del Sol 

How can funders work hand-in-hand with nonprofit partners to create a better Arizona? Join this session to hear from a dynamic panel of leaders from both sectors to learn how to break down the silos to build lasting partnerships and change. 

Facilitator: David Martinez III, Director of Community Engagement, Vitalyst Health Foundation  


How to Find Your Inner C-Suite*


*Intended for C-Suite attendees

Jackie Lord | Elevate Consulting Group 

Employers and organizations across the country continue to be challenged in finding and retaining key talent. In Arizona, we are faced with disengaged employees, low productivity, employee retention challenges, and a greater competition for talent.  We have never been faced with this level of complexity. Without committed and qualified Leaders contributing to the organization, social impact will be reduced and business results will falter. During this presentation, we will explore insights and learn about tools for the most expensive and difficult decision non-profit businesses make every single day: Right People, Right Seats. By understanding yourself as a Leader, you can maximize your bottom line by optimizing your organization from the top down by utilizing data.  With proven success in the non-profit space, we teach leaders & managers how to be more effective, driving them to use analytics instead of instincts to scale and transform their teams and businesses.  


On Alert - Identifying Signs of Fraud

Deanna Peterson | Your Part-Time Controller

Dan Tritch | Your Part-Time Controller

Fraud is a problem for nonprofits nationwide, so it is important to be familiar with the most common signs of fraud. Join YPTC for an illustrative session focused on identifying the areas of greatest risk within your organization. You will also learn how to remain “on alert” and identify the warning signs of fraud.


Programmatic Pivoting: Volunteers Pre- and Post-Pandemic

Sawyer Kilen | Make-A-Wish Arizona

The pandemic caused a shift in how volunteers at Make-A-Wish Arizona are used. Learn the challenges we faced, what we learned and the road to a volunteer program renovation. 
Let’s Talk Possibilities
Matt Lehrman | Social Prosperity Partners  “The future is unknowable, but it’s incredibly malleable.” Join your fellow nonprofit leaders in an empowering exercise dedicated to exploring how you and your organization can emerge from the constraints and challenges of today. There’s no panel or presentation here; just a facilitated, immersive, and fast-connecting large group exercise designed to energize your responsibilities & aspirations with fresh ideas, resources and personal connections. In this 2-part exercise (you’re welcome to attend either or both), we are going to re-animate the Arizona nonprofit sector’s essential sense of connection and community spirit. 


Behind the Scenes of Running an Effective Capital Campaign

Sandra Searle | Esperanca

Kristen Elnicky | The Gobel Group

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at capital campaigns! This lively and interactive session will give nonprofit professionals a deep dive into planning and managing a capital campaign that will create a positive, transformational experience for their organization. Attendees will leave with specific tools and strategic next steps that will guide them throughout the campaign process. You will hear firsthand accounts of campaign success stories as well as the pitfalls to avoid. 



Unfortunately, this event is currently at capacity. However, at times seats become available due to last minute cancellations. You can sign up for the waitlist here. Please note, that those on the waitlist will be contacted one week prior to August 25th when a seat is open, based on your placement on the list, so please put a hold on your calendar accordingly if you plan on coming. Keep an eye on your inbox, the Alliance requires your response within 24 hours of notification or the seat will go to the next person on the list.

Additional Attendee Tickets  
Arizona Grantmakers Forum Members
$119  $109


$159 $149


Registration Policies

Registrants who are unable to attend the conference may substitute someone to attend in their place; please submit the change via email to our Events Team. Cancellations received by July 22 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be provided after July 23. Arizona Grantmakers members register here.

Your health and safety: As you know too well, the COVID-19 situation remains fluid. We decided earlier, using information available at the time, to conduct this year’s ENGAGE 2022 Conference in person - and we’re still working to make that happen. Nonetheless, we’re also monitoring the situation carefully. We’ll announce as soon as possible when facts become clearer, what public health safeguards will be required to attend or, indeed, whether we’ll shift to a completely virtual event. Thanks in advance for your support and understanding.

Sustainability & Accessibility Matter To Us

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits will only be providing digital materials for this event in an effort to promote sustainability, which aligns with their IDEA(s) values. We also want you to enjoy this conference worry-free, so if you need special accommodations, please let us know at the time of registration. Materials will only be printed by request by selecting the "printed materials request" option in the registration form.

We also have ASL Interpretation services available upon request.

Any other accommodation requests can be emailed to

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