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 […]

Charity Spotlight: A PAL When Families Need One

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones offers the camaraderie and support that come from experience CEO/Executive director: Kim Humphrey, a nationally recognized expert on drug abuse and its impact on families. Humphrey retired after nearly 32 years with the Phoenix Police Department, during which he served as a commander for almost 16 years. While he was […]

Charity Spotlight: Healing Harps

Therapeutic Harp Foundation uses an ancient instrument to bring comfort and peace Organization: Therapeutic Harp Foundation Leadership: Executive director: Kim Sterling-Heflin Board chair: Rene Kyl Annual Budget: $125,000 Origin: Therapeutic Harp Foundation evolved from Hospice of the Valley’s Integrative Therapeutics Program and has been serving the Valley for 20 years. Delivering the power of live […]

Charity Spotlight: Increasing Independence

Courtney’s Place helps adults with special needs develop abilities, confidence and social skills Organization: Cortney’s Place Leadership: Founders: Jim and Cindy Carpenter Executive director: Chasidy Gray Annual Budget: $1.2 million Origin: In 1985, Jim and Cindy Carpenter welcomed their first child, Cortney. Despite being born with congenital nervous system malformations that left her unable to […]

Charity Spotlight: Angels in the Outfield

Organization: 4MOM Leadership: CEO: Braden Bishop, Seattle Mariners outfielder and founder of Cognition Coffee Co-founder: Hunter Bishop, San Francisco Giants outfielder and up-and-coming DJ Origin: After Suzy Bishop was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at 54, her son Braden made it his mission to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research within professional sports. He founded […]

Charity Spotlight: Healing from the Wounds of War

Warrior Songs uses music to help veterans relieve PTSD Organization: Warrior Songs Founder and executive director: Jason Moon Origin: Singer/songwriter Jason Moon served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as a general construction equipment operator in a combat engineer battalion. After he was honorably discharged from the Wisconsin Army National Guard in August 2004, Moon […]

Charity Spotlight: One Organization, Many Services

Wesley Community & Health Centers serves the whole health of its community THE STORY For 70 years, Wesley Community & Health Centers has provided community programs, services, classes, and activities for families living in south-central Phoenix. For most of that time, its primary activities included adult English and citizenship activities such as amnesty programs because […]