The Arizona Summit on Civic Engagement and Volunteerism is an opportunity for volunteer and civic engagement leaders to inspire, energize and mobilize volunteer and civic engagement practitioners to further develop their skills and to better serve Arizona’s community needs through a collaborative effort.
Please check back soon for information regarding the 2016 Arizona Summit on Civic Engagement and Volunteerism.
Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director
Kyle Caldwell is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich. Caldwell joined the Johnson Center in August 2015. In this leadership role, Caldwell is responsible for the administrative and development functions of the organization while providing vision, passion, and guidance to one of the nation’s largest centers for philanthropy. As a champion of the nonprofit sector, Caldwell has been a staunch advocate for nonprofits and foundations to exercise the full expression of their rights and responsibilities. He has also taken on leadership roles in helping develop strategies and programming initiatives that strengthen the philanthropic sector. Most recently, he served as the Director for the Pathways to Opportunity Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he helped evolve the Foundation’s approach to addressing poverty to focus on education.
Arizona’s only statewide event dedicated to deepening, elevating, and supporting the state’s extensive networks of community volunteer and civic engagement leaders and programs, the Arizona Summit on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to further develop and foster their skills to better serve Arizona’s community needs.
The Summit consists of two days of engaging plenary speakers, interactive workshops, and networking opportunities designed to inspire, energize and mobilize civic engagement leaders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
A dedicated committee of state-wide volunteer and civic engagement leaders work collaboratively to plan this annual statewide professional development and networking event, in conjunction with many local, state and national partners.
Last year, over 500 volunteer and community leaders attended the Summit, representing 42 communities and 170 organizations. The 70+ workshops sessions emphasized, skill-building, professional development opportunities and featured thought-provoking innovative exemplary programs and awareness-raising issue forums.
The Summit has awarded over $31,000 in grants to participants over the last five years. Allowing attendees the opportunity to put into practice what they have learned at the Summit and to create volunteer and civic engagement projects in their own communities.
The 2015 Summit was…
“A great way to connect everyone doing similar work, and strengthening my understanding of the service network in Arizona.”
“Eye-opening and inspiring.”
“Very informative - Great resources and networking opportunities.”
“A wonderful experience that gave me great new tools!"