Charity Spotlight: Stretching the Bounds of Imagination

Organization: Greasepaint Youtheatre Leadership: Executive and Artistic Director: Maureen Dias-Watson Board President: Lance Ross Origin: In 1965, Scottsdale Community Players built the theater Greasepaint calls home with private funds on land that the City of Scottsdale owns. Greasepaint became the sole tenant of the Stagebrush Theatre after the theater company was founded in 1984. By 2006, Greasepaint […]

Charity Spotlight: An Act of Faith

One couple’s infertility struggles transform into hundreds of homes for foster children OrganizationAgape Adoption Agency of Arizona LeadershipCo-Founders — Leslie and Douglas ReprogleCEO — Leslie ReprogleBoard chair — Dr. Janel White Taylor Origin“Agape was founded as an act of faith,” said Leslie Reprogle. When Leslie and her husband Douglas Reprogle were unable to conceive, Leslie […]

Charity Spotlight: Justice for a New Generation

Strengthening Constitutional rights for children in foster care Organization Gen Justice Leadership Founder and CEO: Darcy Olsen Board Chair: Celia McClelland Origin: Darcy Olsen founded Gen Justice with her seventh foster baby in her arms. “I’d seen too much brokenness,” she said. “I had to believe there was a better way.” Olsen had just finished writing “The […]

Charity Spotlight: Taking Flight

Local nonprofit provides aviation education and preservation Organization Wings of Flight Foundation Leadership Founders: Dale Churchill and Brian Churchill Board of Directors: Dale Churchill, Brian Churchill, Mike Doyle and Dennis Glauner Origin: Falcon Field was established in 1941 as a British training base for the Royal Air Force in the early years of WWII. Two local brothers […]

Nourishing Mind, Body and Soul

Nonprofit provides food, clothes, employment help — and hope Organization NourishPHX Leadership Executive DirectorBeth Fiorenza Board ChairArturo Moreno, CPA Origin: NourishPHX got its start when an interfaith coalition joined forces in the late 1960s. The Community Clothing Bank (the clothing arm of the original St. Mary’s Food and Clothing Bank), North Phoenix Corporate Ministries and […]

Hush a Bye, Don’t You Cry

Helping people with substance-use disorders become better parents   Organization Hushabye Nursery Leadership Co-Founder & Executive Director Tara Sundem Board President Brandon Clark Annual budget $3.6 million Origin: As a neonatal nurse practitioner with more than 27 years of experience, Tara Sundem has worked with mothers and collaborated with community partners to improve outcomes for babies […]

Charity Spotlight: Kid in the Corner

Photo: On June 13, 2017, Zachary Sumner (above) took his own life, leading to the creation of Kid in the Corner  Organization Kid in the Corner Leadership Founder & CEO | Francine SumnerBoard President  | Maggie Miller Annual budget $140,000 Origin: Kid in the Corner is a grassroots organization started by Zachary Sumner’s family and friends […]

Charity Spotlight: SOUNDS Academy

ORGANIZATION SOUNDS Academy LEADERSHIP Founder & CEO | Kirk JohnsonBoard Chair | Ian Fischer ANNUAL BUDGET $440,000 ORIGIN: SOUNDS Academy began in September 2014 with 10 students and one teacher at Buchanan Music in Mesa. The students worked hard and used the community as their stage, performing at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Orpheum Theatre and […]

Charity Spotlight: DreamCatchers

Organization: DreamCatchers Leadership: Founder: Caitlin Crommett Annual Budget: Approximately $90,000 Origin: Caitlin Crommett founded DreamCatchers when she was 15. She had been volunteering with a local hospice for three years and wanted to have a more tangible impact on patients’ lives. After noticing that many patients were rarely visited by family or friends — and […]

Charity Spotlight: Gesher Disability Resources

Gesher Disability Resources Supporting individuals with special needs in the Jewish community and their families so they can lead fuller lives Organization: Gesher Disability Resources Leadership: Executive director: Amy Hummell Board co-chairs: Wendy Horwitch and Nora Schaefer Annual Budget: $448,000 Origin: Formed in 1985 as the Council for Jews With Special Needs, this agency was […]