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NonProfit Update

A former member
Hi Everyone!

I am excited to say that we are very close to filing for our 501(c)(3) status! October 1st is the deadline at this time. This should not have any significant impact on the Phoenix Philanthropists Meetup group, other than being able to establish more partners and opportunities to help our community. It will also allow us to develop funds that can be used for supplies for projects like working with the kids at the UMOM Watkins Shelter and to support the following programs that will be developed over the course of the next three years

  • To assist individuals in leveraging their time and resources to have a greater impact on their community
  • Opportunity Website
  • Provide an environment where members can volunteer in group setting, as well as individual opportunities.

  • To implement the Philanthropy Literacy program
  • Educate youth in our community as to what philanthropy is and connect schools and youth organizations to opportunities and needs.
  • Educate and engage small and mid-size businesses in how to start-up and implement a community service program by linking businesses to the nonprofit sector. (2012)
  • Educate nonprofit organizations in developing Volunteer Resources, training and handbooks. (2013)

  • To implement a philanthropic award and scholarship program (2011)
  • Support and show our appreciation to nonprofit organizations that we work with in our community.
  • Offer scholarship program for outstanding youth and adult philanthropic contributions in our community.

  • To develop a community service award and recognition program - (Givers’ Gala) (2012)
  • Recognition to outstanding volunteers within the Phoenix Philanthropists' organization
  • Recognition to outstanding volunteers within the community outside of the Phoenix Philanthropists'

  • To collaborate with other nonprofit and profit organizations in our community and nationwide to promote philanthropic efforts in the greater Phoenix metro area.

In order to sustain our nonprofit, our members are free to make tax-deductible donations once we file our paperwork. We are asking at this time, if you would like to make a pledge to donate once this happens, please send us an email at and let us know what type of pledge you would like to make. We have already received a pledge of $500 from one of our members. Donors will be recognized in our annual report and in other ways for supporting our organization. By making a pledge at this time, we can better plan our budget as we move forward, so we encourage you to make a pledge at this time. Any amount no matter how much or little is welcome!

The following recognition levels have been setup for our individual and corporate supporters:

<$100 Philanthropist
$100-$999 Advocate
$1,000-$2,499 Patron
$2,500-$4,999 Samaritan
$5,000-$9,999 Humanitarian
10,000+ Altruist

We appreciate all that our wonderful group does in the community! We make a daily impact on organizations and individuals within this community and we could not be prouder of our members!

Look for more updates in the weeks to come.

Best Regards,

Jerry Heikens - Chairman/CEO
Jason Bressler - Vice Chairman of Operations
Robin Wilson - Vice Chairman of Governance and Compliance
Tim Hall - Vice Chairman of Finance

A former member
Post #: 172
Hi Jerry-

Congratulations on getting one step closer to the group’s 501(c)(3) status! I really liked your message and am especially interested in helping connect schools and youth organizations to the group and engaging with small and mid-size businesses.

As a matter of fact, I am currently a consultant to a local school district and am working on a study for them to identify learning niches and partnership opportunities. I think it would be GREAT if you and other P.P. members would take the online survey and provide feedback. The survey is only active for the next 24 hours… Below is a message with details- would you mind sharing this with the group???

Best Regards,
Megan Griego
C: 623.694.0444


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