The transformative power of partnerships.
In 2015, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s Board of Trustees determined we’d outgrown our current location. After looking at expansion options, it was clear that our best path forward was in line with our 2020 strategic plan. That’s when the idea for the Community Foundation
Campus was born—a way to accommodate our growth while also creating a place for other nonprofits to
convene, collaborate and work side by side.
Before rushing headlong into that vision, we wanted to know if regional nonprofits would be interested,
and if so, why? What would they most want from such an arrangement? Commissioning research
through the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management, we found high interest as well as
resounding need, especially for a space to convene, collaborate, share and learn.
Yes, there are cost savings from shared spaces. But the true value of the Community Foundation Campus
is the gathering of talent and expertise.
The Campus will be a place where experts share knowledge openly, mentorship happens spontaneously and collaboration flows naturally. We believe great ideas will spark from casual conversations and chance meetings that only happen in a shared workspace. And we believe that by trimming overhead and simplifying day-to-day administration, we can help nonprofits unlock their highest levels of creativity and effectiveness.
In our fiscal year 2016 annual report, we said that progress begins with understanding, but endures through the transformative power of partnerships. For nearly 40 years, we’ve partnered with donors
to help them transform our community. Now we’re honored to help nonprofits forge and strengthen their own partnerships, working toward shared goals for our community, but in an exciting new shared space, as well.
Jan Lesher J. Clinton Mabie
Chair, Board of Trustees President and CEO
Why a campus for nonprofits?
“Campus” and “co-working” models have long served the private industry. Studies show that businesses in shared spaces greatly improve their effectiveness and efficiency—improvements that translate into better products and services for their customers.
In recent years, nonprofits have begun to explore those same models. Not surprisingly, research confirms parallel improvements, with clients of nonprofits reaping the ultimate benefit.
Data from the 2015 Nonprofit Network, State of the Sector Survey shows that shared workspace leads to:
• An average cost savings of 7% annually
• Increased collaboration for 2 in 3 organizations
• Improved service delivery for 55% of those surveyed
• Heightened “brand awareness” and credibility for
72% of those surveyed
Less measurable but equally important, the Community Foundation Campus embodies our values.
This shared space will help us continue to deliver the highest, most sustainable level of service. It will help us spark new ideas for addressing what matters most to the people we serve. It will fuel partnerships rooted in mutual interests, trust and respect, enriched by diversity and focused on positive and lasting impact in our communities.
Creating the Community Foundation Campus.
Delivering on a promise.
Since 1980, CFSA has been a trusted philanthropic partner, helping hundreds of individuals, families and businesses reach their charitable giving goals. By working with our donors to realize their visions for change, we have, to date, invested more than $160 million in regional nonprofits and schools.
As we sharpen our focus on education, health and well-being and economic opportunity, we remain committed to connecting donors to causes they care about, helping them make a difference, now and forever. At the same time, we see the years ahead as a time for innovation and new strategies to address our region’s most pressing challenges.
From unrestricted grants to greater capital investments in Southern Arizona to the
establishment of the Community Foundation Campus, opening in the fall of 2018, we are delivering
on a promise for even greater impact. This is our vision—one improved by age, lifted by hope and focused on purpose.
For more information, please contact:
President & CEO
Director, Donor Engagement, Philanthropic Services