Piper Trust Names Fellows, Awards $7.6 Million in Grants

The Phoenix-based Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has announced the sixteenth class of Piper Fellows and grants totaling more than $7.6 million.

Awarded between June and December 2016, the grants include $432,000 over two years to the Arizona Opera to upgrade set projection equipment; $1.5 million over two years to the Desert Botanical Garden to support enhanced cultural offerings; $236,500 to the Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children to purchase and implement an online tool that facilitates service sharing among early learning providers; and $236,500 over three years to Chicanos Por La Causa to implement new home healthcare services for Latino seniors.

The latest cohort of Piper Fellows — four nonprofit leaders dedicated to helping residents of Maricopa County — will complete their fellowships this year and become part of the larger and enduring Piper Fellows community. They are Katherine Cecala, president of Junior Achievement of Arizona; JoAnne Chiariello, director of family support services at AASK – Aid to Adoption of Special Kids; Leah Fregulia, head of school and CEO of the Arizona School for the Arts; and Amy Schwabenlender, vice president of community impact at the Valley of the Sun United Way. Each will receive up to $30,000 for a self-designed, professional development sabbatical and $10,000 for staff development.

"Our four new Piper Fellows bring experience and vigor to the trust and the fellows' community," said Piper Trust president and CEO Susan Pepin. "Each designed an impressive and substantive fellowship plan with intentions to strengthen and evolve their talents, and ultimately build resilience organizationally and within the larger community. We look forward to learning from them."

"Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Names 2016 Piper Fellows and Highlights Recent Grantmaking." Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Press Release 02/09/2017.