Becoming A Force For Good

Directors of Rim Country non-profit organizations brainstorm about how to unite to help the community


A group of area non-profit executive directors recently met to discuss how best to work together. Those in attendance included Sanja Long with Mogollon Health Alliance, Camille Levee with Time Out Inc., Sarah Hock with the Humane Society of Central Arizona, Suzy Tubbs with Payson Community Kids, Robert Henley with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Joann Conlin with the Senior Center, Jennifer Baltz with Habitat for Humanity and Marilyn Horne with the Rim Country Literacy Program.

A group of area non-profit executive directors recently met to discuss how best to work together. Those in attendance included Sanja Long with Mogollon Health Alliance, Camille Levee with Time Out Inc., Sarah Hock with the Humane Society of Central Arizona, Suzy Tubbs with Payson Community Kids, Robert Henley with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Joann Conlin with the Senior Center, Jennifer Baltz with Habitat for Humanity and Marilyn Horne with the Rim Country Literacy Program. Photo by Alexis Bechman. |

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Although dozens of non-profits in Rim Country must often compete for the same donor base, a group of non-profit directors is finding new ways to work together.

Earlier this month, half a dozen directors met at the Senior Center to brainstorm creative fund-raising ideas that allow them to help each other through the tough economic times.

Time Out’s new director Camille Levee initially suggested the meetings and several directors joined in, volunteering to host the meetings at their establishments.

On Nov. 14, the group held its second meeting with a number of directors in attendance including those from the Senior Center, Human Society of Central Arizona, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Time Out, Payson Community Kids, Rim Country Literacy, Habitat for Humanity and Mogollon Health Alliance.

The group is open to any non-profit director in Rim Country and hopes to attract more participation in the future.

At their latest meeting, the group discussed what days each is planning to hold events to avoid overlap, issues and successes and an upcoming online fund-raiser.

The group agreed it wants to actively participate in Arizona Gives Day, a day that encourages Arizonans to donate online.

The March 20 event is a one day, statewide, online movement that will harness “the giving power of the community to strengthen the fund-raising capacity of Arizona non-profits,” according to the Web site.

It is the first time the state has participated in the event, which other states have held successfully for years.

The goal is to raise $2 million in one day strictly though online donations, explained Joann Conlin with the Senior Center.

Conlin and Levee said the exciting event could bring in badly needed funds to local nonprofits.

Conlin and Levee suggested the group pool their resources and hold an event March 20 with music, food and computers where people could donate.

The group plans to meet again and organize an event.

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