Stories of Impact

Nonprofit and philanthropic organizations are essential social institutions. See the many ways they positively impact their communities.

Ahead of our 25th annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies in October 2017, we asked nonprofit organizations to share their Stories of Impact — the unique ways they make a difference in their communities, their recent accomplishments and milestones, the critical services they provide to improve the quality of life for so many.

Those stories were displayed during the conference, and we now present them to you here, the start of what we hope will be a growing repository of the far-reaching impacts of our sector.

Does your organization have a story to add? Submit it via our Story of Impact form!

Act One


Act One will bring more than 40,000 students on educational arts field trips this year.

A New Leaf

Mesa, AZ

Home. Family. Safety. Stability. Hope. A New Leaf has created fresh starts for thousands of low-income and homeless families at our new La Mesita Community and served 24,275 Valley community members in 2016.

Arizona Dental Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ

The Arizona Dental Foundation provides over $300 in free dental services to each of 1,200 underserved children statewide at an operational cost of only $30 per student.

Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped

Phoenix, AZ

AFH supports more than 40 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities working in job training programs in their local community.

Arizona Grantmakers Forum

Phoenix, AZ

Through the power of collective impact, Arizona Grantmakers Forum supports KidsCare reauthorization to provide health care for 23,000 Arizona children.

Arizona Students Recycling Used Technology

Mesa, AZ

We have involved over 5,000 students and donated over $2.5 million of equipment to schools and nonprofits since 2012.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona provided 1,542 youth with positive adult mentors, character development and educational opportunities in 2016-17.

Billy's Place

Peoria, AZ

Changing the lives of children by walking alongside them on their grief journeys.

Cancer Support Community Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Cancer Support Community Arizona is the first in Arizona to provide free, 24/7 digital emotional support solely focused on reducing stress and enhancing well-being to anyone impacted by cancer.

Families & Youth Inc.

Las Cruces, NM

FYI has served southern New Mexico with unwavering dedication since 1992, placing tremendous emphasis on providing quality prevention programs that address sexual health education, disease prevention and substance abuse prevention.

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Last year, Free Arts built resilience in over 8,000 children and families who have experienced abuse, neglect and homelessness.

Live and Learn

Phoenix, AZ

We helped 146 local women escape poverty, rallying community partners to ensure these women — and their children — stay out of poverty.

Maricopa Health Foundation

Phoenix, AZ

In partnership with the Phoenix Thunderbirds, the Maricopa Health Foundation hosted 180 women leaders in philanthropy and business in Arizona. We shared stories of survival and resilience from our Mariposa Wings to Safety Domestic Violence Clinic and the Refugee Women's Health Clinic.

Midwestern University

Glendale, AZ

Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine provides free spay and neuter surgeries and wellness care for over 40 animal rescue organizations in the community.

Mosaic Consulting and Coaching

San Jose, CA

Refugee and Immigrant Forum Retreat helped us better understand one another, appreciate our differences, promote collaborative processes and plan for 2018!

Read Better Be Better

Phoenix, AZ

In the Spring 2017 semester, 3rd graders participating in Read Better Be Better outperformed non-participating 3rd grade students by 20% on standardized comprehension tests.

Scottsdale Charros

Scottsdale, AZ

The Scottsdale Charros granted $2,500 to the Hohokam Elementary School robotics club for new robots as they entered the state robotics competition.

Sonoran Institute

Tucson, AZ

After an absence of more than 70 years, the endangered Gila topminnow has reappeared in the Santa Cruz River in northwest Tucson. Sonoran Institute’s efforts to track and improve river health are critical to this incredible success!

Sonoran Institute

Southwest Lending Closet

Avondale, AZ

Borrowing equipment from the Closet allows people to maintain their mobility, independence and dignity while recovering. We assisted over 9,000 people in 2016 by lending them more than 13,000 pieces of equipment. We are on pace to shatter that record in 2017.

Swift Youth Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ

We provided over 305 economically disadvantaged youth with the life-changing experience of attending Camp Swift this summer.

Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services


Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services (TOPS) has been educating and supporting Arizona's young families for 17 years. TOPS participants are more likely to breastfeed and less likely to deliver a premature baby, compared to youth that did not receive TOPS services.

Town of Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Renovation by Gilbert of a vacant building to provide an opportunity for nonprofit providers to co-locate in a space that will maximize their resources while providing a centralized location for information, referrals and access to basic necessities for Gilbert residents.


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