Business Philanthropy

You’re the expert when it comes to your business. Philanthropy is our business. Let us manage your corporate philanthropy program and you can focus on what you do best.

Charitable services for businesses and corporations

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy is Arizona’s premier charitable partner for corporate philanthropy. Our efficient, cost-effective services and unmatched expertise help you plan, manage and operate your corporate foundation or grantmaking program.

By partnering with the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy, you gain access to our full complement of back-office solutions, customized programs tailored to suit your needs, and our team of philanthropic advisors. And, we can expand your giving program across Arizona through our network of statewide Affiliates.

Report sheds light on corporate philanthropy

The L. William Seidman Research Institute at the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University conducted a study to examine the motivations for corporate philanthropy, potential benefits for implementing firms, and examples of societal impacts. This 2015 study, The Business Case for Corporate Philanthropy explores the business case for corporate philanthropy, on behalf of the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation. The Pakis Center is widely recognized as the premier charitable partner for corporate philanthropy in the state and focuses on two key objectives:

  • Approach corporations and encourage them to invest back into the local community.
  • Help corporations organize, administer, or coordinate their own in-house philanthropic programs. 

Download your own copy of the report and read more about issues that include:

  • Public perceptions of corporate philanthropy.
  • Effective ways to maximize employee engagement.
  • The benefits of corporate philanthropy for staff retention and recruitment.
  • Transferability of employee skills acquired or enhanced through participation in a nonprofit cause to the workplace.
  • Evaluation of potential shareholder benefits. 

Our foundation utilized the Arizona Community Foundation’s strategic planning expertise as well as their national funding relationships to shape a grantmaking strategy. ACF exceeded our expectations on all fronts. They were knowledgeable, professional, timely and collaborative in nature.

— Pat Gottfried
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Apollo Group
Executive Director, University of Phoenix Foundation

Corporate Services

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  • Cost-effective and customized back-office solutions for your corporate foundation or community affairs program
  • Research, evaluation and recommendation of potential grantees; monitoring use of funds; due diligence and reporting grantee effectiveness
  • Strategic counsel to your business in the areas of charitable giving, employee engagement and corporate social responsibility
  • Tailored investment options and reporting for one or more charitable funds
  • Consultation regarding financial strategy, including investment returns and review
  • Customized scholarship programs for employees and/or the broader community
  • Developing a corporate giving program tailored to your interest areas and giving priorities
  • Facilitation of grant requests and fielding of inquiries
  • Training of corporate boards on philanthropic engagement
  • Philanthropy training workshops to engage employees in the company’s charitable mission

ACF has brought the stability and oversight we needed in running a broad and reputable scholarship program on behalf of our brand and its hotel owners.

Barbara S. Bras
Vice President, Human Resources
Best Western International