Piper Charitable Trust Announces $4.7 Million in New Grants

The Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced grants totaling $4.7 million to nonprofit organizations working to advance community-based programs in Maricopa County.

The grants will support a wide range of projects in the arts and culture and higher education fields as well as provide for efforts to assist disadvantaged children, youth, and older adults in the region. Grant recipients include the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University, which was awarded $3 million over three years to expand and further its work to assess how technology, economics, and human behavior functioning together can improve health outcomes and reduce the financial and human cost of disease.

The trust also awarded a three-year, $373,500 grant to the Experience Matters Consortium to develop and implement a staffing plan, funding strategy, and six Encore fellowships for adults over the age of 50; a two-year, $200,000 grant to Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk to acquire and integrate the Arizona Quest for Kids mentoring program; a three-year $150,000 grant to the Arizona Endowment Building Planning Initiative to develop and implement the Planned Giving and Endowment Building Educational Continuum curriculum; and $50,000 to the Musical Instrument Museum to develop and execute a targeted marketing and communications campaign.

"Virginia Galvin Piper, who would have been a hundred-years-old this past December, has had her grantmaking legacy in Maricopa County for eleven years now through Piper Trust," said the foundation's president and CEO, Judy Jolley Mohraz. "The diversity and quality shown in...[this round] of grant awards is a meaningful representation of Mrs. Piper's wishes to strengthen and grow our community — she would be pleased."

"Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards $4.7 Million in Grants." Virginia G. Piper Trust Press Release 01/04/2012.