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Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits' 2020 Engage Conference Offers 35 Hours of Virtual Content Throughout August
By Lisa Padilla - Friday Jul 24, 2020
Pivoting to adapt to the current environment, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has moved to a virtual annual conference scheduled every Wednesday morning in August with expanded content to deliver the most pressing resources requested by the nonprofit sector.

The 2020 Engage Conference will feature four half-days of programming featuring 16 sessions covering current topics from adaptive capacity building and fundraising to leadership and board governance. Conference sessions will be held from 8:30 - 11 a.m. on Wednesday Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Each session will be recorded for future viewing by registrants and sessions are categorized into six mission types to easily find relevant topics. Mission segments include Arts Animal Welfare and Environment; Community and Civic Engagement; Culture and Humanities; Education and Youth Development; Faith-Based Organizations and Health and Human Services. Registered participants will have post-conference access to recordings of all sessions.

Cost for the conference for Alliance members is $99 for individuals and $300 for organizations hosting viewing sessions with four or more team members. Registration fees include admission to all four days of the conference, access to post-conference video library and keynote talks. Cost for non-Alliance members is $149 for individuals and $450 for groups of four or more. Scholarships to cover registration fees are available, the deadline to apply for a scholarship is July 17.

To register, visit Registration is rolling through August and all participants will have access to all recorded sessions (more than 20) once registered.

Each day of programming has been designated with its own theme. They are:

Setting a New Course, Aug. 5:

• Keynote: Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits CEO Kristen Merrifield– Taking Charge of Your New Direction.

• Sessions include Rebuilding the Strategic Map, Developing a Board for the Times, Crisis Leadership CEO Panel Discussion and The New Legal Frontier.

• Networking

Community Connection, Aug. 12:

• Keynote: City of Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans– Community Stewardship.

• Sessions include: Telling Your Story to Build a Community, Leveraging Social Media in a New Landscape, Developing Your Advocacy Muscles and Reimagining the Client Experience.

• Networking

The Workplace– Aug. 19: Keynote:

• ACLU of Arizona Executive Director Alessandra Navidad– Strength in Diversity.

• Sessions include The New Workplace, Volunteerism Reconsidered, Developing an Organization and Staff for the Times and a CEO Panel about creative and strategic changes and best practices that are being used to successfully adapt to the “new normal.”

• Networking

The New Approach to Finance– Aug. 26:

• Keynote: Vu Le, Founder of the blog Nonprofit AF.

• Sessions include a Funder Panel discussing the changing environment; The New Financial Sustainability, Better Living Through Partnership and Fundraising – The New Ask.

• Networking

Conference sponsors are: Nonprofit Networking Sponsor- Vitalyst Health Foundation; Keynote Sponsors– Tucson Electric Power/Unisource Energy Services, Bank of America, Employee Benefits International (EBI) and EMI Health; Virtual Conference Orientation Sponsor– APS; Commercial Break Sponsor– Frontdoors Media and SRP; Session Sponsors– Andlosa Education, First Nonprofit, For Purpose Law Group, The Mahoney Group, Tucson Electric Power/Unisource Energy Services and Your Part-Time Controller; Supporter Sponsors– Bank of America, Caritas Law Group, P.C., DollarDays, iDonate, Pixa, Social Service Contractors Indemnity Pool (SSCIP), Seek to Serve Consulting, Virtuous and YWCA; Scholarship Sponsors– National Bank of Arizona and Vitalyst Health Foundation.

For more information about the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, visit

About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit, or email

By Steve Carr