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Thrill-seekers will rappel CityScape office tower

In an unconventional fundraising effort for Special Olympics Arizona, 160 thrill-seekers will rappel 27 stories in downtown Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event is sure to soar to new heights with supporters such as Dallas Cowboys Announcer Kevin Ray.

Sponsors CityScape Phoenix and RED Development host the event at its offices, where participants who have raised more than $1,000 have the opportunity to experience Phoenix from new heights. Spectators, friends and family are encouraged to experience the launch for themselves at the Dec. 13 event.

“It’s fantastic to host something that pulls the community together and builds awareness in a nontraditional way,” Tim Martin, CEO of Special Olympics Arizona, said. “The increased interest we receive every year is a true testament to Phoenix’s dedication to helping Special Olympics Arizona and our athletes.”

Each participant, with the $1,000 fundraising goal, will be able to support two Special Olympics Arizona Athletes throughout 2015. Participants must meet the weight requirement between 100 and 300 pounds in order to rappel off CityScape. Those under the age of 18 will need a parent signed waiver. All proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Arizona.

“We’re honored to share our building for such a great cause,” said Jeff Moloznik, vice president of development at RED Development. “‘Over the Edge’ has grown into a signature event that our team looks forward to, and each year we’re exceedingly inspired by the participants who not only come out to rappel down the building, but also raise invaluable awareness for Special Olympics Arizona.”

Special Olympics Arizona provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best. The organization’s mission is to empower over 180,000 Arizonans with intellectual disabilities to be healthy, productive and respected members of society through sports training, competitions and support programs.


Wells Fargo Arizona team members donate $3.4M to nonprofits

Wells Fargo & Company announced that its Arizona team members donated more than $3.4 million to nonprofit organizations and schools in Arizona as part of the company’s annual Community Support and United Way Campaign.  All donations were funded personally by team members. In addition to a 14 percent year-over-year increase in donations, the one-month campaign also resulted in 7,349 volunteer hours contributed by team members to 638 nonprofits and other causes in local communities across the country.

“Each year, our Arizona team members dig deeper to give more to their community.” said Pam Conboy, Arizona lead regional president and state campaign co-chair. “This annual campaign highlights the compassion of our great team members and reinforces that Wells Fargo truly is Arizona’s Community Bank.  Our team members’ deep commitment to our community explains why Wells Fargo has been United Way’s No. 1 largest corporate campaign over the past five years nationally.”

The annual Community Support and United Way Campaign encourages team members to give in ways that mean the most to them, whether by going out into the community to volunteer for their favorite nonprofit, or through financial contributions to any nonprofit, school, or religious institution of their choice. One hundred percent of team member donations go to the organizations they choose. Wells Fargo pays all processing costs and matches gifts, up to $5,000 per team member, to qualifying schools.

This year’s campaign theme, Small is Huge. It all adds up to make a difference, was all about how small efforts that help to lift up communities can add up to huge results.  In addition to the funds that Wells Fargo Arizona team members personally contributed, they also coordinated activities to raise money for their favorite nonprofits, including Valley of the Sun United way, Homes for our Troops, Back to School Clothing Drive, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Soldier’s Best Friend, and many more.  Fundraising activities included a basketball tournament, a car wash, a Walking Tacos luncheon, craft sales, yard sales, a bake-off, a salsa challenge, and raffles.

Nationally, team members pledged a record $70.5 million to community nonprofits and schools during the campaign. Wells Fargo team members invest in nonprofits throughout the year.  To date, including the Campaign, team members have donated $97.7 million of their own dollars to nonprofits, a nearly 10 percent increase over 2013, and the twelfth straight year of year-over-year double-digit increases in pledge totals.


NJOY Raises More Than $70 Million

NJOY, the world’s leading independent electronic cigarette company, today announced that it has completed another successful private fundraising round attracting more than $70 million in capital. The round was led by Brookside Capital along with Morgan Stanley Investment Management, investing on behalf of mutual funds and other pooled vehicles for which it acts as investment adviser, GAM Technology Strategy and other institutional investors. The financing will be used to fund the company’s marketing, international expansion and research and development initiatives, including clinical trials.

“As the only electronic cigarette brand whose corporate mission is to obsolete cigarettes, NJOY is dedicated to delivering the most satisfying products to our customers, advancing the science and expanding the brand globally without the inherent conflicts constraining competitors owned by tobacco companies,” said Craig Weiss, CEO of NJOY. “The addition of world-class institutional investors is a reflection of our performance to date, their confidence in NJOY and its growth prospects, and their belief in our mission. The e-cigarette category is robust and competitive, but NJOY’s approach to the market, strong product development pipeline, and thought leadership on key scientific and research issues distinguishes us as the leader they believe is best positioned to ultimately win.”

NJOY is known as an industry pioneer and leader for its product quality, responsible marketing and creative branding, and continues to attract unique strategic investors. In June 2013, the company announced a $75 million funding raise from a group of investors including Sean Parker and Douglas Teitelbaum.

Brenda Thomson

Brenda Thomson – 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Brenda ThomsonExecutive director, Arizona Humanities Council

Thomson, who joined the Arizona Humanities Council in 2010, has a background in executive management, fundraising, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. The Yale Law School graduate was director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and was executive director of the Maricopa County Bar Association.

Surprising fact: “When I went to college I dreamed of being a composer and songwriter. To this day I play the piano, write poems and songs, and most recently have written several children’s stories.”

Biggest challenge: “Achieving my goals in a world where African-American women attorneys and leaders are not often at the helm with decision-makers, and are frequently underestimated despite decades of accomplishments.”

Fifty Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue Arizona Business Magazine features 50 women who make an impact on Arizona business. To see the full list, read the digital issue >>

Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona

Circle K Raises $5.3 Million for UCP of Central Arizona

Through fundraising efforts at local stores and events throughout the State of Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada, Circle K employees, customers and vendors generously helped raise over $5.3 million for UCP of Central and Southern Arizona, and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, Nevada.    The funds donated support the organizations’ mission to help children and adults with disabilities including Down syndrome, autism, developmental delays, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy.   Donations are collected every day when Circle K employees ask customers to donate their extra change at the register to benefit families and children with disabilities.  And vendors participating in the Aces High and Desert Klassic golf tournaments result in additional funding for UCP of Central Arizona’s important mission.

UCP would like to acknowledge Circle K for its extraordinary efforts in supporting UCP and its families.  “Circle K promotes a culture that is deeply rooted in corporate responsibility, giving back to the community and making a positive difference in the lives of others,” said Armando Contreras, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.  “UCP has been working in collaboration with Circle K for over 30 years, and with their help, thousands of children, adults and families have received the essential services they desperately need.  Because of the generosity from Circle K employees, customers and vendors, we have children and adults who were given the opportunity to speak their first words, take their first step, and give a loved one a hug for the first time,” he added.

“Our record contribution level this past year is testament to the caring and generous community spirit of everyone we have the great privilege to employ and serve,” said Paul Rodriguez, Vice President of the Arizona Division of Circle K.   “Our 30 year partnership speaks not just to the sincerity of the effort but also to the good and important work being done by UCP. Breakthroughs happen every day at the Dozer Center that our employees have the honor to witness and participate in. It lends greater meaning and higher purpose to each and every workday at Circle K. Everyone benefits,” Rodriguez added.

Circle K will be honored at United Cerebral Palsy’s annual event, Champions in Life Night Gala, scheduled for the evening of November 15, 2013 at the Ritz Carlton-Phoenix.  Circle K will be receiving the Laura Dozer Award, named after the daughter of Rich and Karie Dozer, who had cerebral palsy and passed in 2008.

Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona’s programming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.

UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for a life without limits for their son or daughter.

To learn more, visit www.ucpofcentralaz.org.


"Landfill Harmonic" Exceeds Fundraising Goal

Landfill Harmonic, a documentary produced by Scottsdale’s Alejandra Amarilla Nash that tells the moving story of The Recycled Orchestra exceeded its fundraising goal of $175,000 by nearly 23%. The Kickstarter campaign, which began March 29, raised a total of $214,129, to fund the completion of the film.

Backed by nearly 5,000 people and organizations, Landfill Harmonic surpassed its goal a week prior to its May 15 deadline. “I’m beyond thankful to everyone that has supported this project,” said founder and executive producer, Alejandra Amarilla Nash. “Because of those who donated the orchestra can now use their talents to inspire others on a bigger scale.”

Earlier this week Amarilla Nash and national 60 Minutes news team returned from a 10-day filming tour with the The Recycled Orchestra in Paraguay. The orchestra consists of a group of children from a shantytown called Cateura, in Paraguay, who play musical instruments made from trash. The Landfill Harmonic film crew remained in Paraguay to wrap-up filming. During the trip both teams got a closer look at the landfill in Cateura and had an opportunity to interview orchestra members.

“The strength and seeing the kids’ progression was amazing,” said Amarilla Nash. “I can’t wait to share with others their stories of resilience and triumph.”

The Landfill Harmonic project began in 2009 and has been led by a Phoenix-based team, which includes Amarilla Nash, producer Juliana Peñaranda-Loftus and executive producing partner Rodolfo Madero.

“Our primary goal now is to complete the film at the end of this year and share this movement with the world,” said Amarilla Nash. “We are one step closer to bringing music to underserved children and youth.”

To learn more about the film or how you can be a part of The Recycled Orchestra”movement, visit http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/.

Business Of Running For President

The Business Of Running For President

Much like running a corporation, running for president is an expensive and time-consuming undertaking. Just like a corporation, a campaign involves employees, money management, public relations, advertising and the selling of a product or service. Which in this case is the person running for office. In this graphic, we take a look at just what all it takes to run for president, and how big of a business doing so has become.

Like all businesses, you have better success in some states than others. Below is a look at how effective each candidate has been state by state in fundraising.

  • Overall Fundraising: Obama has raised $556M and Romney $340M.
  • State-by-State Breakdown:  A few examples…
    • NY: $11.2M Obama vs. $8.9M Romney
    • Ohio: $.8M Romney vs. $.6M Obama
    • CA: $68.3M Obama vs. $33.8M Romney
    • FL: $24.8M Romney vs. $16.9M Obama
  • Average Contribution: Romney has raised $170M from those contributing $2,000 or more vs. Obama who raised nearly half of that from larger donors at $92M.  See the graph for the entire breakdown!
  • Rising Influence of Super PACs: RNC has raised $273M from Super PACs vs. DNC which raised $70M.  This has dramatically impacted the race as they need no involvement from the candidates themselves.
  • Breakdown of how they spend their funds: Obama spent 51% on advertising vs. Romney 45%.  See breakdown by payroll, travel, polling, etc.
  • History of Presidential Campaign Costs: Lincoln spent just $2.8M in 1860; Reagan and Carter spent approx. $300M, see breakdown of major campaigns from history.

Business Of Running For President

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Infographic Credits, courtesy of Best Degree Programs:

Source: Bestdegreeprograms.org



Arpaio far ahead in fundraising in sheriff’s race

Republican Joe Arpaio remains the leader in fundraising in the race for Maricopa County sheriff.

The Republican incumbent raised $457,000 from Aug. 9 through Sept. 17 and had $3.8 million in his re-election campaign fund at the end of the period.

The campaign for Democrat Paul Penzone says it raised $138,000 during that period and finished with $114,000 left over.

A spokesman for Independent Mike Stauffer’s campaign says the candidate’s latest fundraising numbers were unavailable.


Solari Hospice Foundation Names Muth As Executive Director

Solari Hospice Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides vital bereavement assistance to grieving children and families in the southwestern United States, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Muth as its first executive director.

“We’re excited to have Jamie Muth at the helm of Solari Hospice Foundation as we strategically ramp up our educational and outreach efforts to help even more young people,” says Gary Polsky, founder of Solari Hospice Foundation, which is headquartered in Scottsdale. “Jamie brings an incredible passion, energy and enthusiasm to this newly-created position and we can’t wait to start implementing her ideas. Along with Jamie’s expertise in fundraising, public relations and special event planning, I’m confident that we will be able to significantly expand our programs for children and their families who are struggling to cope with the death of a close loved one.”

Prior to joining Solari Hospice Foundation, Muth was director of development for Word of Grace Ministries, where she helped develop and implement a two-year capital campaign that solicited more than $3 million in pledges. Muth also served as director of development for two years with the American Heart Association in Phoenix, Ariz., where she was in charge of fundraising, event planning, advertising, budgeting and relationship building. In addition, Muth has worked as experience coordinator for LivingSocial Adventures, sales and marketing coordinator for Golfland Entertainment Centers, Inc., and as fundraising consultant to Room for Joy.

“I feel like my background in charitable giving has led me to this point in my career and to Solari Hospice Foundation,” says Muth. “I am thrilled to be able to use my experience to help children at such a tender and pivotal time in their lives.”

Muth earned a bachelor of science degree in public relations from Northern Arizona University. She also completed the Professional Sales Skills training program through AchieveGlobal.

Solari Hospice Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 2002 to support children and families facing complex end-of-life issues. The Foundation provides education and bereavement support so young survivors can move forward with joy and hope, while continuing to honor the memories of those they have lost. For the past decade, the Foundation has realized this vision through an innovative bereavement camp, called Camp Solari, which provides professional grief counseling in a fun, relaxing and healing atmosphere.

For more information about Solari Hospice Foundation, visit www.solarihospicefoundation.org, e-mail Foundation@SolariHospice.net, or call 602-589-5950.

Desert Schools - community service and leadership award

Desert Schools Honored For Community Service In Arizona

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, the largest not-for-profit membership-based financial institution in the state of Arizona, announced today that it has been selected by Toastmasters International and the organization’s District 3 Governor as the 2012 award recipient for community service and leadership for the state of Arizona.

This is the first time Desert Schools has been recognized by Toastmasters, a globally recognized, international nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. The organization has more than 270,000 members and over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries.

Desert Schools will be presented with the Toastmasters International 2012 award for community service and leadership on Friday, May 18th. Cathy Graham, vice president of marketing at Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, will accept the award on the credit union’s behalf.

Desert Schools has built its foundation on a fundamental passion for lending a personal hand toward positive change throughout Valley communities and encourages its employees to get involved in the same philanthropic spirit on which the organization has prided itself since its founding.

The Desert Schools ‘CommuniTeam’ – a group made up of dedicated employee volunteers – is active throughout Valley communities and offers Desert Schools’ employees the opportunity to volunteer their time and philanthropic talents throughout the community. Participating in nearly 130 community projects in the Phoenix metropolitan area, 45% of Desert Schools’ employees got involved with or led community projects in 2011, volunteering 2,902 hours to support various causes.

Susan Frank, President and CEO of Desert Schools, said, “We couldn’t be more honored to accept this award from an outstanding organization like Toastmasters International. Giving back to our community has long been the cornerstone of Desert Schools’ business. The time that Desert Schools staff is able to spend year in and year out doing good throughout our Valley is something that we’re very proud of, and it means that much more to be recognized by such an extraordinary philanthropic organization.”

In 2011, the credit union coordinated fundraising efforts with employees, vendors and partners to give back more than $770,000 to the community. Desert Schools raised $360,285 for the Children’s Miracle Network, $224,178 for the United Way and $96,000 in community grants in 2011 alone.

The credit union also awarded $30,000 in community service scholarships to high school seniors and college freshmen for demonstrating dedication to their studies and continued education as well as their commitment to giving back to the community. Scholarships were awarded for Fall 2012 coursework.

For more information on Desert Schools Federal Credit Union, visit Desert Schools’ website at desertschools.org.

fundraising - turning dirt lots green

Fundraising Event – Help Turn Brown Lots In Phoenix Green

On Monday, May 21st from 5:30- 8:30pm hundreds of people who prefer beautiful views over dirt lots will gather for a fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green benefiting the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. The Roosevelt Row CDC is a mostly volunteer organization that works to beautify and promote downtown Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row neighborhood.

Phoenix City Councilman Tom Simplot says, “An area like Roosevelt Row makes a city unique. The Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation does a great deal to support the artists, businesses and residents of the area.”

Roosevelt Row is a walkable, creative district in the urban core of downtown Phoenix that is nationally known for its arts and cultural events, award-winning restaurants, galleries, boutiques and live music. The Roosevelt Row CDC is fostering an urban renewal with rehabilitated bungalows and new infill projects.

Councilman Simplot says, “The fundraising event, Turning Brown Lots Green, is one of my favorite events of the year! I can get involved and be part of an organization that does a lot to create a buzz about what’s unique and special about downtown Phoenix.”

All proceeds from Roosevelt Row’s annual fundraising event will support A.R.T.S (Adaptive Reuse of Temporary Space), Valley of the Sunflowers, and volunteer community art projects.

All are invited to attend Turning Brown Lots Green Monday, Monday, May 21st from 5:30pm-8:30pm at Bliss/Rebar – 901 N. 4th St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.  Tickets are $30 in advance and include appetizers and two drinks.

Buy tickets online at: rooseveltrow2012.eventbrite.com