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Piper Trust awards major grant to the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University (ASU)

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust today announced grants totaling $4.7 million—an infusion of funds for the nonprofit community that will advance their work in the areas of arts and culture, services for disadvantaged children, youth mentoring, higher education research initiatives and civic engagement opportunities for older adults. A $3 million grant will be awarded to the Center for Sustainable Health at Arizona State University (ASU).

“Virginia Galvin Piper, who would have been 100 years old this past December [December 7, 2011], has had her grantmaking legacy in Maricopa County for 11 years now through Piper Trust. The diversity and quality shown in today’s collection of grant awards is a meaningful representation of Mrs. Piper’s wishes to strengthen and grow our community—she would be pleased,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, Ph.D., president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.


The Trust’s investment to expand ASU’s Center for Sustainable Health will further the Center’s innovative work addressing the collective power on how technology, economics and human behavior—when functioning effectively together—can greatly improve health outcomes and reduce the financial and human cost of disease. A key focus of the Center’s efforts with the grant will be healthy aging—a core area of engagement for Piper Trust.

“It’s imperative that health systems shift from an expensive and ineffective late-stage response to an effective prevention and early detection approach to health,” said Michael Birt, director, Center for Sustainable Health, Biodesign Institute, ASU. “We need to connect the elements of a health system—people, science, industry and policy—and create a new model that values quality, cost-effective, preventative healthcare focused on improving health outcomes. Piper Trust’s leadership and investment in this type of innovation and action will contribute to the transformation of health systems locally and globally.”


Another significant community impact will come from a $245,000 grant award to expand the City of Tempe’s Experience Corps project (Experience Corps is a national leader in engaging older adult tutors to improve Kindergarten through third grade student literacy in disadvantaged schools). Piper Trust’s investment will enable the City of Tempe to serve 750 children in 12 schools by engaging 100 older adults as tutors and mentors.

Grants awarded August through December 2011 include
(listed by grantmaking area):

ARTS AND CULTURE—TOTAL AWARDED: $122,000

  • Alliance for Audience / www.allianceforaudience.com
    Assess and develop a plan for the organization’s technology needs.
    $16,500 / 3 months
  • Fountain Hills Community Theater / www.fhct.org
    Replace lighting and sound equipment on the Main Stage and Youth Theater.
    $55,500 / 12 months
  • Musical Instrument Museum / www.themim.org
    Develop and execute a targeted marketing and communications campaign.
    $50,000 / 12 months

CHILDREN—TOTAL AWARDED:  $305,000

  • Assistance League of Phoenix / www.phoenix.assistanceleague.org
    Establish an Executive Director position and expand a school clothing program serving disadvantaged children.
    $150,000 / 36 months
  • Back to School Clothing Drive / www.backtoschoolclothingdrive.com
    Expand a school uniform program serving disadvantaged children.
    $155,000 / 12 months

EDUCATION—TOTAL AWARDED:  $210,000

  • Arizona State University Foundation* / morrisoninstitute.asu.edu 
    Support of Morrison Institute for Public Policy’s “Arizona Directions” research project.
    $10,000 / 12 months
  • Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk, Inc. / www.phoenixyouthatrisk.org
    Acquire and integrate “Arizona Quest for Kids” mentoring program.
    $200,000 / 24 months

HEALTHCARE AND MEDICAL RESEARCH—TOTAL AWARDED:  $3,000,000

  • Arizona State University Foundation* / sustainablehealth.org
    Expand ASU’s Center for Sustainable Health.
    $3,000,000 / 36 months

OLDER ADULTS—TOTAL AWARDED:  $618,500

  • City of Tempe Community Services Department / www.tempe.gov/socialservices
    Provide “Experience Corps” program in 12 schools.
    $245,000 / 36 months
  • Experience Matters Consortium* / www.experiencemattersaz.org
    Develop and implement a staffing plan, funding strategy and six “Encore Fellowships.”
    $373,500 / 36 months

OTHER—TOTAL AWARDED:  $449,320

  • Arizona Endowment Building Planning Initiative / www.azebi.org
    Develop and implement the “Planned Giving and Endowment Building Educational Continuum” curriculum.
    $150,000 / 36 months

Piper Fellows Program—2011 Fellows’ Sabbaticals
Provide $40,000 for each sabbatical over 12 months; fellowships support the exploration of leadership development practices, educational programs and best practice sites around the country.

Piper Fellows Program—Organizational Enhancement Awards
Support specific projects that address opportunities or challenges facing Piper Fellows’ organizations.

  • Adelante Healthcare / www.adelantehealthcare.com
    Support for healthcare innovation consulting services through “The Center for Health Design/Pebble Project” and a research intern.
    $49,320 / 12 months
  • The Beatitudes Campus / www.beatitudescampus.org
    Expand the internal non-medical home care program to older adults living outside the retirement campus.
    $50,000 / 12 months

About Piper Trust:

A private independent foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust honors Virginia Galvin Piper’s philanthropic commitment to changing lives and strengthening community in Maricopa County (Arizona). By investing in nonprofits and encouraging strategic planning for the future, Piper Trust strives to make Maricopa County a stronger, more nurturing and vibrant community. Since it began awarding grants in 2000, Piper Trust has invested $285 million in local nonprofits and programs. The Trust had total grants paid of $21.6 million in fiscal year 2011. Piper Trust grantmaking areas are healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. For more information, visit www.pipertrust.org

* A grant originally awarded to a foundation or 501c3 organization that funds an agreed upon program or product.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Karen Leland, 480-556-7125 / kleland@pipertrust.org
Director, Communications and External Relations
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust
1202 East Missouri Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona  85014


Read more about the Center for Sustainable Health and Watch Videos of Dr. Michael Birt and Lee Hartwell answer the question "What does Sustainable Health mean to you?"