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2023 UNITE Annual Nonprofit + Grantmaker Conference

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Alliance |  Arizona Grantmakers |  Annual Conference
Genein Letford |  Angela Palmer |  Mrs. Joan Hubele |  Rick Mitchell |  Kevin Holt |  Kristen Wilson |  Laurie Liles |  Matthew Clyde |  Ariel Baber |  Kim Madrigal |  Danielle LaJoie |  Roderick Logan, DPTh, CCTS, CFTP, FFTT |   8 more....
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7.5 hr
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Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits | Arizona Grantmakers Forum
Mesa Convention Center - Mesa, Arizona



Event Information

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits + Arizona Grantmakers Forum is excited to announce the 2023 Nonprofit + Grantmaker Conference will be held at the newly renovated Mesa Convention Center on Thursday, August 24, 2023 and will feature a new theme, UNITE. This year's 1-day conference will feature two keynotes, 18 breakout sessions, and 3 panel discussions on topics for all levels of nonprofit and philanthropic professionals, dedicated networking time, and the unveiling of our new name and logo. Be sure to register early as last year’s 2022 ENGAGE Nonprofit Conference sold out quickly! 

Some of the topics we have already selected include: 

  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management 
  • Using the 3P’s to Create Innovative Solutions 
  • Love the Ones You’re With 
  • Creating Your Organization’s IDEA Action Plan 

Schedule Overview*

*Schedule and speakers are subject to changes leading up to the conference

A digital program of speakers and rooms will be provided leading up to the conference via email. 

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE for August 24, 2023: 

7:00 – 8:00am Registration Check In, Exhibitor Booths, Networking, Breakfast
8:00 – 9:45am Opening Plenary & Morning Keynote
9:45 – 10:00am Break, Exhibitor Booths (15 min)
10:00 – 11:30am Breakout Sessions #1
11:30 – 11:45am Break, Exhibitor Booths (15 min)
11:45 – 12:30pm Luncheon Keynote 
12:30 – 12:45am Break, Exhibitor Booths (15 min) 
12:45 – 2:00pm Breakout Sessions #2
2:00 – 2:30pm Break, Exhibitor Booths (30 min)
2:30 – 4:00pm Breakout Sessions #3 
Immediately following Networking & Happy Hour at Delta Hotel adjacent to Mesa Convention Center 











You can transfer your ticket to another member of your organization up until August 15. Group pricing and scholarships are available. 

Individual Ticket Pricing (1-2 people)  Regular Pricing
Alliance + Grantmaker Member Pricing $149
Alliance Individual Supporter Pricing $175
Non-Member Pricing $199


Scholarships are available at full and discounted pricing for organizations with an annual revenue of less than $5M. To apply, please complete the scholarship form here. Scholarships are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Organizations may only receive 2 tickets on scholarship. We will respond to your request within 2 weeks of receiving the application. Note: To complete the scholarship application, you will be prompted to login to your account. If you do not have an account, please complete the instructions to complete one at no cost to you. 

Group Pricing

To receive a group ticket discount, all tickets must be added to your cart and purchased at the same time. Your discount will automatically be applied if the number of tickets in your cart meets the criteria. We cannot add people to your group after you have completed check-out. 

You can assign individuals in your group their tickets at check out with their email address and name, or you can purchase them and assign them at a later date. Individuals who do not have a CE21 account will receive an email prompt to complete their account creation to be properly registered for the conference. Unassigned tickets within your group will not be refunded after August 15, 2023.

Group Ticket Pricing  
(per person) 


Regular Pricing

Groups of 3-5 
Regular Pricing 

Groups of 6-9 
Regular Pricing 

Groups of 10+
Regular Pricing 

Alliance + Grantmaker Member Pricing 




Alliance Individual Supporter Pricing 




Non-Member Pricing 




*Cancelations, Transfers & Refund Policies

  • If for any reason you need to cancel your registration, a $25 cancelation fee will be applied to your refund to cover event costs - NO REFUNDS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED AFTER JULY 31
  • We advise attendees to find another person in your organization to take your spot before you request a refund - NO TRANSFERS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED AFTER AUGUST 15

Please notify of any transfers or cancelations so we can process these manually. 

  • If you are a group discount ticket holder and need to cancel your registration, please email so we can manually process your group refund. If you cancel during the grace period and your cancellation(s) drops you down a tier in group pricing, you will be refunded the difference in group tier price per ticket, but the $25 processing fee will not be refunded. If you have unassigned tickets within your group, they must be assigned by AUGUST 15 - NO REFUNDS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED AFTER AUGUST 15 for UNASSIGNED GROUP TICKETS


Upon registration, each registrant will receive a link to the Conference Attendee Survey in your confirmation email from . If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your spam folder. Every attendee must fill out the survey form so we can provide you with the best experience possible. This will help us plan your meals and any accessibility needs. 

Your registration confirmation email will also include a link for hotel booking and a food menu for the day. 

We have some ability to adjust meals based on individuals’ dietary restrictions so it is crucial for you to complete the survey if this applies to you. If you are unsure about the alignment of the menu with your dietary needs, we encourage you to pack your own snacks and meals to bring to the conference.  

Depending on need, we may send out a survey closer to the conference to gauge interest in session topics and post-conference happy hour. Attendance to the happy hour network is free for conference attendees. Food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Sustainability & Accessibility Matter To Us

The full program for the event will be provided digitally (accessible by QR code) in an effort to promote sustainability and reduce paper waste, which aligns with our IDEA(s) values.  A printed agenda will be available but will not contain all session information. We will only print the number of paper materials as determined in the attendee survey.  

We have  ASL Interpretation or Spanish Language services  available upon request and have ensured table clearance at the conference is 28 inches, and the distance between tables and booths are at least 3 feet to accommodate any wheelchairs or mobility devices.  

Gender neutral bathrooms, as well as a pop-up lactation and prayer room, will be available per request. 

We want you to enjoy this conference worry-free. If you have additional special accommodations, please let us know by indicating such in your attendee survey. 

Hotel Accommodations

We have secured a hotel block at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Phoenix Mesa (200 N Centennial Way, Mesa, AZ 85201) directly next to the convention center for the special rate of $114/night +tax. 

You can book a hotel room for your conference stay for August 23-24 using our unique booking link provided in your registration confirmation email. Rooms need to be booked by July 20, 2023. This rate is available for 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference, but you will need to contact Adriana Torres at or call (480) 464-5017 and let her know that you are with the Alliance if you plan to stay nights other than of August 23-24. 

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

2023 UNITE Nonprofit + Grantmaker Conference offers a unique opportunity for you to get your brand in front of Arizona's nonprofit and philanthropic audience. Connect with nonprofit and philanthropic professionals in a way you never have before with our sponsorship opportunities! Contact our Chief Impact Officer, Jennifer Purcell,, to find ways to share your products and services with nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers. 

Click to View Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunity Details 


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Scholarship Sponsors



Genein Letford's Profile

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As the 2019 LA Lakers Business Woman and the 2015 CA Charter Teacher of the Year, Genein is a national thought leader and creator of the concept of ‘Intercultural Creativity®’.  She is the Founder and Chief Creative Officer of CAFFE Strategies, LLC which is a consulting, coaching and training company that trains C-Suite executives and employees to create sustainable organizational equity and inclusion strategies while unleashing their innovative thinking for themselves and in their businesses.


Her 7 Gems of Intercultural Creativity is a leading framework that encourages corporations in their diversity and inclusion development while developing critical cognitive tools for creative thinking.Genein believes creative thinking thrives best in an inclusive environment and she is often called ‘America’s Creative Coach’ for her work in reigniting intercultural creativity within our workforce.

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Rick Mitchell is the CEO and Executive Director of the Homeless ID Project, a 35-year old nonprofit working across Arizona to END homelessness. He is the Co-Founder of The National Conversation About IDs, a 500-member, 50-State alliance working to remove barriers resulting from lack of identification documents across America.

Rick spent a career in the for-profit world before entering nonprofit work. His involvement with the Homeless ID Project began as an interested observer in 2012 when his wife, Sydney, began volunteering with the agency. In 2014 Rick joined the Homeless ID Project Board of Directors and moved into his current role in 2017.

Rick’s involvement in Advocacy for Policy Change began in 2018 when then-Board Member Jacklyn Boyce brought a bill and a sponsor to the table. Five years and six bills later, the Homeless ID Project has two legislative victories, three defeats, and one victory gained from ‘being at the table’ despite the fact that the bill was stalled in committee.

Rick earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Illinois State University and an MBA from Benedictine University.

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Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Laurie joined the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits following its merger with Arizona Grantmakers Forum in 2022. As chief public policy officer, she is responsible for developing and executing the Alliance’s public policy agenda and engagement strategy. An active member of the senior leadership team, Laurie leads Arizona Grantmakers Forum, bringing vision and strategic thinking to advance its full integration with the Alliance.

Laurie was president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum for seven years, providing strategic leadership and creating and sustaining relationships with aligned philanthropic, nonprofit and community partners. Before joining Arizona Grantmakers in 2015, Laurie worked to improve policy outcomes for Arizonans for more than 25 years. She began her career as a research analyst for the Arizona House of Representatives before joining the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, where she served as senior vice president of public affairs and as president and CEO, among other roles. In 2014, Laurie was a Washington, D.C. correspondent for Cronkite News, producing more than 30 stories covering politics, immigration and Indian affairs for Arizona news media outlets.

Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northern Arizona University and a Master of Mass Communication degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She serves on the United Philanthropy Forum board of directors and co-chairs its Public Policy Committee.

A native of the Southwest, Laurie grew up in Tempe, Arizona.

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Ariel Baber is the Volunteer Manager, and she works to catalyze the strengths of the local community to combat family homelessness in Maricopa County. In addition to human services, Ariel has 10 years of experience working with children in the areas of positive youth development and academic success. She is also a Public Allies Arizona AmeriCorps Alumni, a Leading for Change Fellow, sits on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Young Professionals Council, sits on the Phoenix City Council Youth and Education Commission, and was a participant in the New Politics Leadership Academy’s Answering the Call 2021 Cohort. Ariel Baber holds a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University, and a Master’s in Public Health from Southern New Hampshire University.

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Tom has a passion for serving the community and people in need by collaborating with others to provide the best services possible.

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Dr. Greif’s past work also includes founding and leading Varela Consulting, which assisted governments, universities, and public and private institutions worldwide in developing programs and policies to support entrepreneurship.

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Mesa Convention Center

263N N Center St, Mesa, Arizona 85201, United States
(480) 644-2178


Registration, Networking, Breakfast & Visit Exhibitors
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 07:00A to 08:00A (MST-Arizona)
Location: Lobby & Main Hall
Opening Plenary
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 08:00A to 09:00A (MST-Arizona)
Location: Main Hall
Morning Keynote
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 09:00A to 09:45A (MST-Arizona)
Speaker(s): Genein Letford
Location: Main Hall
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 09:45A to 10:00A (MST-Arizona)
Breakout Sessions
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 10:00A to 11:30A (MST-Arizona)
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 11:30A to 11:45A (MST-Arizona)
Lunch & Keynote
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 11:45A to 12:30P (MST-Arizona)
Location: Main Hall
Breakout Sessions
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 12:45P to 02:00P (MST-Arizona)
Extended Break
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 02:00P to 02:30P (MST-Arizona)
Breakout Sessions
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 02:30P to 04:00P (MST-Arizona)
Happy Hour & Networking
Date/Time: Thu, Aug 24, 2023 - 04:00P to 06:00P (MST-Arizona)
Location: Delta Marriott Hotel