Piper Charitable Trust Awards $3.6 Million in First-Quarter Grants

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced first-quarter grants totaling more than $3.6 million to nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County working to advance a wide range of community projects.

The grants will support arts and cultural organizations as well as those working to provide services for disadvantaged children, youth, and older adults. Grant recipients include the Phoenix Zoo, which was awarded a $1.25 million grant over three years to renovate its visitor entrance; the Desert Botanical Garden, which received a two-year, $500,000 grant to expand to meet the needs of its growing audience and provide new exhibitions and offerings; Science Foundation Arizona, which was awarded a $250,000 challenge grant to secure new donors; and Gabriel's Angels, which received three-year, $215,000 grant to expand intervention training to its partner agency therapists and therapy teams.

Grants awarded in support of Maricopa County's aging population include $80,000 to the Experience Matters Consortium to create four additional Encore Fellowship positions; $44,500 over two years to Solecito Services to expand its program offerings and restore or purchase medical equipment; and $5,000 to Arizona Town Hall for office space renovations, including the creation of a pediatric clinic and purchase of medical equipment.

"Piper Trust continues to have great foresight in developing civic opportunities for older adults who want to apply their experience to social causes," said Jim Firman, president and CEO of the National Council on Aging, which presented its Arthur Flemming Award to the trust for its leadership in developing initiatives that promote healthy, independent, and productive living for older adults. "We commend Piper Trust's leadership in making the value of older adults a priority. The trust's work in aging is a role model for funders throughout the country who want to make a difference for older adults in their communities."

For a complete list of first-quarter grants, visit the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Web site.

"Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards $3.6 Million in Grants." Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Press Release 03/29/2012.