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O’Connor House becomes Sandra Day O’Connor Institute

O’Connor House is now the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.  O’Connor House, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to solving complex issues through civil discourse and collaborative action.  In recognition of the need to continue to expand and enhance its endeavors, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of the organization from O’Connor House to the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.

Sarah Suggs, President and CEO said, “The O’Connor Institute is a significant step forward and exciting chapter in our organization’s life.  We continue Sandra Day O’Connor’s important work to advance society, inspired by her leadership, intellect and vision.”

The mission of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute is to:

  • Continue Sandra Day O’Connor’s lifetime work of solving important social, economic and political problems through civil dialogue and civic action.
  • Create an environment where important policy decisions are made through a process of civil discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.
  • Build consensus and collaborate on state and national levels to help solve complex issues.

“Given the polarized, highly politicized approach to current issues, the non-partisan O’Connor Institute offers civil discourse and collaborative problem solving to constructively address the complex challenges that face our state and nation,” stated Peter M. Hayes, Chairman of the Board.

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute current programmatic areas include Social Justice, Public Policy and Civics Education.  In addition, the history of Sandra Day O’Connor’s extraordinary life is being documented and preserved. Plans also call for a future location of the O’Connor Institute to include a civic center, auditorium, educational classrooms, internships, collaborative workspace, public forums and debates, library, tours, a permanent exhibit honoring the lifetime work of Sandra Day O’Connor and administrative offices.

The historic O’Connor House itself will remain an asset of the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute.  The adobe home was relocated to the campus of the Arizona Historical Society and became a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization in 2009.

The work begun by O’Connor House which will be continued by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute includes:

  • Public Policy: Providing a greater understanding of critical issues through thoughtful discussion, critical analysis of facts and informed participation of all citizens.
  • SAFE Action Project: Delivering hospitality industry training developed by O’Connor House to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (child sex trafficking).
  • Social Justice: Creating solutions and collaborative partnerships to reduce domestic violence against women and children.
  • Civics Education: promoting civics education, particularly in middle schools, including the use of iCivics.org, an online education portal founded by Sandra Day O’Connor as a free civics resource for teachers and students.
  • Distinguished Speakers Series: Presenting national and international leaders and luminaries who foster the ideals of statesmanship

Sandra Day O’Connor made history in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan nominated her as an associate justice and first woman on the U.S. Supreme Court, where she served 25 years until her retirement in 2006.   Prior to the U.S. Supreme Court, Sandra Day O’Connor had previously worked in the Arizona Attorney General’s office, in the Arizona State Senate as Majority Leader, later as a judge in the Maricopa County Superior Court and the Arizona Court of Appeals before her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Peter M. Hayes is Chairman of the Board and Sarah E. Suggs serves as President and CEO.

Board Members include Joseph P. Anderson, Tracy Bame, Deborah Bateman, Rich Boals, Nikal Conti, Harold Dorenbecher, Shelley Duane, John Evancevich, Leonard Gaby, Dr. Rufus Glasper, Lucia Howard, Hon. Douglas Hunt, Rick Jones, Francis Najafi, Michael Rooney, James Rose, Stephen M. Savage, Richard H. Silverman, Kim Sterling-Heflin, Gay Firestone Wray, Kari Yatkowski and Kathleen Zeider. Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (ret.) and Ambassador Barbara Barrett serve as Advisors.

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Freeport-McMoRan grant empowers women

Experience Matters, an organization that is creating a stronger, more vibrant community by connecting the skill and passion of experienced adults with nonprofits that need their help, announced today it has received a grant of $60,000 from Freeport-McMoRan.

The grant, which will be matched by local resources for a total value of $120,000, will be devoted exclusively to increasing the capacity of social service agencies to improve opportunities for women to increase their skills and economic independence and to assist domestic violence agencies in helping women explore their potential and achieve lives free of violence.

Experience Matters’ proven business model matches human capital – skilled, seasoned adults – with nonprofit social service agencies committed to tackling significant community issues and creating lasting change. Since it was established five years ago, Experience Matters has provided dozens of Arizona nonprofits with expertise in human resources, finance, technology, business planning, business operations and much more.

“This generous grant from Freeport-McMoRan aligns perfectly with one of its social goals and ours,” said Experience Matters CEO Nora Hannah. “Our mutual goal for this project is to increase the prosperity of women, in a way that is effective and sustainable over the long term.”

Four nonprofit programs already serving women will be selected as partners. Each will be provided with an Experience Matters Encore Fellow for one year, beginning in November. Encore Fellows typically earn a stipend of about $20,000, providing a high value-to-cost ratio for nonprofit hosts.[1] To ensure project success, Experience Matters consults with each organization to understand its needs, create a project statement of work, source the right talent, provide training and manage the match relationship. Both skilled talent and member organizations receive ongoing support throughout the year.

“The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation has made significant investments in organizations and projects that protect and empower women by addressing domestic violence, economic self-sufficiency, personal development, and education and training,” said Tracy Bame, President of the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation. “Experience Matters presents a unique opportunity to increase the benefits of those investments by working with organizations that serve women to match them with an Encore Fellow who has the right experience to help them further achieve goals and outcomes with lasting impact.”

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National Bank of Arizona Elects New Board

National Bank of Arizona (NB|AZ) announced the appointment of three prominent business leaders as new members to its Board of Directors. The distinguished members elected to join the Board include David N. Beckham, real estate developer and co-founder of Beckham Gumbin Ventures; Tracy Bame, president of Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation; and Steve Christy, Vice Chair of ADOT’s State Transportation Board.

The current Board made a strategic decision to elect three additional members to expand the Board for greater bandwidth, a stronger element of diversity and to broaden community representation.

“The criteria we used for selecting candidates for the Board was in keeping with the high standards of excellence we adhere to as a bank,” said Keith Maio, CEO and president, National Bank of Arizona. “We appointed three leaders with an excellent reputation and the best in their field of work.”

“I’m honored to serve on the NB|AZ Board with individuals of such high integrity,” said incoming member, David N. Beckham. “I’m fortunate to have had long-term relationships with some of the current members of the Board, and I look forward to being a productive addition in supporting the vision of this strong financial institution.”

“National Bank of Arizona is an organization that clearly is committed to being an outstanding business and community partner,” said Tracy Bame. “Adding new directors that bring expanded insight and perspective to the Board is continued demonstration of this. I’m privileged and thrilled to accept the invitation to serve the bank in advancing these goals across the state in every way I can.”

“I am truly looking forward to serving as a director with NB|AZ,” added Steve Christy. “I hope to bring to the bank a voice from southern Arizona, and will offer my connections within this community to further the bank’s Tucson interests in any way possible.”

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DIGNITY receives $50K from Freeport-McMoRan

Catholic Charities Community Services received a $50,000 Women’s Development Grant from the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation. The funds will be used to help women in Catholic Charities’ DIGNITY program for prostitution recovery.

“We are so grateful for Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation’s support,” said Erica Reed, DIGNITY program director at Catholic Charities. “There tends to be little sympathy for these women because people assume the women choose to be prostituted. People do not realize that most prostituted individuals come from abusive homes and were lured into ‘the life’ as young as 13. They have had no real home, life-skills or work history. This grant will help our women to reestablish a life for themselves—a life with dignity.”

DIGNITY is an acronym for Developing Individual Growth and New Independence Through Yourself. Catholic Charities reaches out to prostituted individuals, including girls, in the streets and in the jails. They also offer a year-long residential recovery program to help women build their self-esteem and their life-skills so they may transition to an independent life free from abuse and prostitution.

The Women’s Development Grant from Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation will be used to help the DIGNITY women to complete job readiness and life-skill training, including financial literacy.

“When women build stable lives, succeed and increase their income, they are more likely to invest in the physical, emotional and financial wellbeing of their children, their families and their communities,” said Tracy Bame, president of the Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation..