CFSA Welcomes John Amoroso as Associate Gift Officer

CFSA is pleased to announce that John Amoroso has been appointed to the role of Associate Gift Officer, Philanthropic Engagement, in our Philanthropy Department. In this role, John will work across departments at CFSA to provide our donors and fundholders opportunities for learning, volunteerism, and philanthropy in Southern Arizona. His work will expand upon existing offerings and develop new opportunities for education and engagement.

John came to Southern Arizona in 2015 to become the Executive Director of The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, which spent down in 2024. Over his eight years in Arizona philanthropy, he always looked to the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona as a dynamic collaborator and source of inspiration for his efforts.

This partnering spirit resulted in co-funding efforts like the Arizona End of Life Care Partnership, the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access) Grant Program for nonprofit capacity building, and Catchafire in partnership with CFSA; financing an Emmy award-winning Arizona Public Media documentary with Marshall Foundation; and supporting First Nations locally and nationally with Jewish Philanthropies of Southern Arizona and Novo Foundation.

John shared, “I am very excited to continue this spirit of collaboration as a representative of CFSA in Southern Arizona‚Äôs philanthropy and nonprofit community. I relish the opportunity to support philanthropists and nonprofits in Southern Arizona further and help them accomplish their goals.”

John played a key role in helping amplify the impact and expand the reach of Arizona philanthropy by helping to grow Southern Arizona Grantmakers as a board member of the state-wide nonprofit and philanthropy support organization, Arizona Impact For Good, and through committee work conference presentations and webinars on various topics with national philanthropic organizations like Exponent Philanthropy and Foundant. In 2019, John helped the Lovell Foundation achieve the Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals -Southern Arizona, and he was awarded the inaugural Impact Philanthropy BLOOM Award from CFSA in 2024.

Before coming to Arizona, John worked in nonprofits and philanthropies across the West including stints as a Regional Organizer for the National Wildlife Federation across six states, a Program Officer for The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon (a Top-100 Foundation); and a Regional Representative for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. He has been dedicated to nonprofits and philanthropy all his life and received a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2014.