The Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced grants totaling $3.8 million to local nonprofit organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, services for disadvantaged children, health care and medical research, and older adults.
The largest grant went to the Banner Health Foundation, which received $2 million in support of its Cancer Has Met Its Match campaign to build a cancer care center that can address increasing area demand for services. Other grantees included Valley of the Sun United Way, which received $250,000 for its Homelessness and Hunger Funders Collaborative, and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, which, as part of the trust's ongoing investment in strengthening Catholic education, received $256,000 for a one-year sustainability assessment of each of its parochial schools.
In addition, the trust awarded $536,500 in "back to school" grants to more than three hundred Title I public elementary schools in Maricopa County to provide students with school clothes and/or uniforms. Grants of $25,000 each were awarded to the Arizona Opera, Ballet Arizona, and the Phoenix Symphony in support of ongoing collaborations by the three arts organizations to discover efficiencies and add value for patrons.
"Forging strong partnerships and the ability to be nimble about accepting new business paradigms in order to grow and thrive is imperative," said Ballet Arizona executive director Alison Johnston. "If arts and cultural organizations want to continue to make an impact, leaders must think out of the box about how to interact with and attract new audiences. Collaboration is the first step to managing in this 'new age of the arts'."
For a complete list of the trust's first-quarter grants, visit the Piper Trust Web site.