Adele Dietrich, Senior Philanthropic Adviser speaks about the Arizona Community Foundation's activities

Adele Dietrich moved to Arizona  in September 2013 after 23 years in Anchorage Alaska.


Adele Dietrich has joined the staff as a Senior Philanthropic Advisor. In this role, Adele is responsible for cultivating relationships with ACF fundholders, professional advisors, and prospective donors to facilitate charitable giving and ongoing donor engagement. A skilled professional in the field of philanthropy and development, Adele has extensive experience in nonprofit leadership. Her previous positions include Director of Stewardship and Development for the Archdiocese of Anchorage, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Alaska, Development Director of Catholic Social Services, Development Director of the Alaska Humanities Forum and Campaign Director for the United Way of Anchorage.

Points covered by Adele included some of the following:

-ACF celebrates 35 years of service.

-ACF values stress Exceptional Service, Stewardship, Integrity, Innovation, Nimbleness, Inclusion and Collaboration in fund management.

-To date, $465 million have been awarded for grants and scholarships.

-At the end of Fiscal year 2013 ACF assets totaled $557 million in over 1200 funds.

-The difference between a foundation (usually managed by a single group or family,  and often for a singular purpose) and a community foundation (run by an organization that manages funds for many different causes) is the scope and methods by which each are administered.

-The grant spectrum at ACF goes from funds that are less restrictive (e.g. Funds for the Common Good) to more restrictive (e.g. Designated Funds to Nonprofits) with others between, including funds that allow donors to determine how their gifts will be granted out.

-Most ACF fund money is used for education and health innovations grants.

-"There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave the most in life - happiness, freedom and peace of mind - are always attained by GIVING them to someone else." -Peyton Conway March