From the Road: Distinctly Durango

We’ve all heard the phrase “there’s something for everyone.” There is no better illustration than the city of Durango, Colo. Durango respects its “cowboy culture” roots and is best described as a laid-back, never-met-a-stranger, dog-and family-friendly place to visit. You can either drive from the Valley, which takes approximately 7.5 hours, or fly direct from […]

Creating Culture: A Gift for the Ages

Long-running tradition makes the Desert Botanical Garden shine It began as a token of appreciation for the community. A holiday gift, lighting up the desert for one night, to thank those near and far who embraced the vision of the Desert Botanical Garden. The gift, thoughtfully made possible by the Garden’s former executive director, Rodney […]

10 Questions with… Jason Alexander

Tell us about your show coming to Arizona Musicfest in January. This is the same show I often do with symphony orchestras —a celebration of theater, music and life stories. But the music is scaled down and intimate and makes for a fun, funny and engaging night with the audience. Songs you know, lots of […]

Brighter Way Institute Opens the Thunderbirds Charities Institute for Implantology

This month, Brighter Way honored local philanthropists by naming the Thunderbirds Charities Institute for Implantology and the Ed Portnoy Endowment for Implantology. The celebration took place at the Diane & Bruce Halle Brighter Way Dental Center, located on the Phoenix Human Services Campus. With 18 Thunderbirds in attendance, the organization played a lead role in supporting a $1.7 million […]

United Food Bank Partners with to Deliver Meals to Neighbors in Need

United Food Bank announced a partnership with, Google’s philanthropic arm, and Feeding America® to deliver meals to Arizonans in need and build long-term technology solutions to scale impact and provide the community with greater access to resources. This $250,000 partnership is part of a larger initiative from and Feeding America to help provide 50 million meals […]

Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation Receives $230K+ from Mercy Care

Whispering Hope Ranch Foundation, a nonprofit that provides inclusive camp experiences to children with special needs, has been awarded $232,000 through the Mercy C.A.R.E.S. Community Reinvestment grant program. The funds will go toward purchasing adaptive equipment and funding animal care for the organization’s Nature’s Nurses program. “Nature’s Nurses brings together children and animals living with disabilities or illnesses […]

Keeping Holocaust History Alive

My first visit to the Arizona Jewish Historical Society was one I will never forget — which is precisely the mission of the organization’s new exhibit, “Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey Through the Holocaust.” Phoenix is one of 12 locations worldwide to feature the two-part exhibit, which is rooted in technology to draw a younger population […]

Sandwiches Like No Other

There are a lot of sandwich shops across the Valley, but Zookz offers sandwiches that are truly unique. That’s because owner Carole Meyer spent years creating her own custom sandwich maker inspired by her grandmother, resulting in round panini-style sandwiches with crimped edges that resemble flying saucers. Meyer grew up in North Africa, and food was an important […]

SOUNDS Academy Board Announcements

SOUNDS Academy recently announced additions to its leadership. Forest Melton is the new vice chair of the board of directors and Robert Donat, Eddie Gonzalez, Selma Babic, Wendy Manley and Steven Mountjoy have joined the existing board of directors and committees to help the nonprofit succeed. Here are some fun facts about each of them. Forest Melton — […]

Pro Tip of the Month: Innovation Is Valuable

This month’s tip comes courtesy of Katherine Cecala, the president of Junior Achievement of Arizona “Many organizations say they value ideation and innovation, and then are quick to discard ideas put forward. Nothing kills innovation faster than feeling like one’s contribution isn’t valued. As a leader, never underestimate how invested teammates and partners are in the ideas […]