Social Venture Partners - Ed Pitch winnerA number of philanthropic organizations in Arizona are looking to align their giving with the goals outlined in the Progress Meter, including the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, The Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Social Venture Partners, and The Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation.

Social Venture Partners hosted an Ed Pitch competition last month to challenge Arizona college students to develop innovative solutions that will advance one or more goals in the Progress Meter. Five teams were chosen to compete from a field of 16 applicants and aligned their entrepreneurial idea to the Progress Meter. The winning team received $50,000 to bring their idea to life.

Rodel Foundation of Arizona, Arizona Community Foundation, Ellis Center for Educational Excellence and JPMorgan Chase Foundation joined with Governor Doug Ducey and the Center for the Future of Arizona to announce a $1.24 million public-private investment to fund an expanded system of career pathways, which are responsive to industry growth needs and create long-term career opportunities for young people in Arizona. The project will improve four of the Progress Meter indicators: high school graduation, opportunity youth, post-high school enrollment, and attainment. The Arizona Pathways to Prosperity Project was originally created in 2015 and works with Arizona companies and industry to develop work, internship and certification opportunities. Students can get experience in all kinds of fields. The additional funding will pay for more programs and ways to prepare Arizona’s students for the future over the next three years.

Finally, the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation has modified its grant application to ask potential grantees to provide a description of how the organization’s project will drive improvement toward one or more of the Progress Meter goals. The Freeport McMorRan Foundation has also started using the Progress Meter as a framework for its philanthropic giving.