Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Names New CEO

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West has named local business and community leader Todd Bankofier as its new CEO and executive director. After a national search that lasted more than six months, Bankofier stood out among the applicants due to his extensive experience in Arizona-based business leadership roles as well as his inspirational work […]

Area-Wide Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Returns May 13

The 31st annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive will return to the Valley on May 13. Residents across the country, including those in the East Valley, are asked to place non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes before 8 a.m. on Sat., May 13. These will be picked up by their […]

Mesa Continues Commitment to Autism Certified City Initiative

Since becoming Certified Autism Centers™ (CAC) in 2019, Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Public Library’s Dobson Ranch branch and Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are important partners in maintaining Mesa’s designation as an Autism Certified City. Recently, these arts and cultural centers renewed their commitment to meeting the CAC […]

Diana Gregory Outreach Services Receives $110K Grant

Diana Gregory Outreach Services was recently granted $110,000 in a new initiative by The Walmart Foundation and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). The program is designed to expand access to healthy, affordable food in under-resourced communities with a focus on the American Southwest. The initiative, known as the Equitable Food Access grant program, is […]

Sandra Day O’Connor Institute Launches Adult Civics Education Platform

The Sandra Day O’Connor Institute for American Democracy announced the launch of Civics for Life, an online, adult civics education platform that supports anyone who wants to learn more about civics, develop their understanding and capacity for civil discourse and make a difference for themselves, their family and their communities. According to a 2022 Annenberg […]

Virtual Book Drive Aims to ‘Grow a Reader’

Local businesses are partnering with Southwest Human Development, Arizona’s largest nonprofit for early childhood development, to help “feed the need to read” throughout the month of May by participating in the nonprofit’s Grow A Reader virtual book drive. For families that struggle to make ends meet, purchasing new, high-quality children’s books simply does not compete […]

Celebrate Arizona Educational Foundation’s Arizona Teacher of the Year

Join the Arizona Educational Foundation and Desert Financial Credit Union as they lift up and celebrate Arizona public school teachers. Considered the “Oscars” of teaching, the AEF Arizona Teacher of the Year Awards is an annual event celebrating the dedication and hard work of Arizona’s public school teachers. Ten outstanding educators, all of whom have been nominated by […]

2023 Arizona Historymakers Named

Honoring Arizona citizens since 1992 for significant and lasting contributions to the state, the Historical League has named its 2023 Historymakers, who will be celebrated in October. These Arizonans have made lasting contributions to the growth of Arizona and distinguished themselves in diverse areas, including education, the arts, community outreach and scientific research. “It’s a tremendous honor to […]

Grand Canyon Council Presents the First Class of “Scouts of the Year”

The Grand Canyon Council, an independent nonprofit chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in Arizona, is excited to honor four outstanding Scouts who have made a distinct impact in our community through leadership, citizenship, Scout spirit, heroism or community service with the inaugural 2022 “Scouts of the Year.” The selected honorees will be awarded the “Scout of […]

Ronald McDonald House Receives a $30K Grant From Thunderbirds Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central and Northern Arizona was awarded a $30,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. These crucial funds will support RMHCCNAZ’s mission of providing a “home-away-from-home” for families who travel to the Valley seeking critical medical care for their children by providing nights of comfort and rest at no charge. RMHCCNAZ operates three Houses in the […]