Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust selected Cancer Support Community Arizona CEO Debbie DiCarlo as a recipient of one of its nine Piper Fellowship award recipients for 2021.
The Piper Fellows program acknowledges the demands of nonprofit leadership and offers opportunities for nonprofit leaders to reach, retool, and revitalize, according to a press release, adding the new class becomes part of the larger Piper Fellows network that is now 90 Fellows strong.
A Piper Fellowship provides potentially up to $90,000 in grant awards that support the Fellow and the Fellow’s organization. This includes up to $30,000 to support professional development for an outstanding leader of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving Maricopa County; $10,000 for staff and board development; and eligibility for a grant up to $50,000 for a Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award.
The 2021 Piper Fellows will each participate in a self-designed, professional development “sabbaticals” focused on strengthening leadership skills and exploring renowned programs to help nonprofits become more effective and resilient, the release said.
A Fellowship supports the professional development, study, and travel for the Fellow, including an intentional respite activity that provides the Fellow the opportunity to reflect on learnings. Additionally, the Fellowship supports some professional development for staff and/or the board of a Fellow’s organization. After completion, the Fellow is eligible to apply for an Organizational Enhancement Award to implement learning or programming from a Fellow’s sabbatical work.
“The Trust’s Founder, Virginia Galvin Piper, always emphasized the importance of investing in people,” said Mary Jane Rynd, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in the release. “She believed that as people gain more knowledge and strength, they become better equipped to build capacity in their organizations, which creates positive ripple effects that resonate throughout the community. The Piper Fellows program is a perfect example of how the Trust continues Virginia’s legacy.”
DiCarlo’s Fellowship plans include academic study at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management; personal, staff, and board training by the National Training Institute on Race and Equity; and experiential, in-place learning and networking focusing on urban and rural American Indian relationships. Through her Fellowship, she intends to build upon her leadership skills, and collaborate with CSCAZ Board of Directors and staff to address the health inequities that disproportionately impact families of color impacted by cancer.
As CEO of CSCAZ, DiCarlo works to ensure all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community, the release said.
“Cancer Support Community Arizona’s informal mission is to serve all families throughout the state who are impacted by cancer,” said DiCarlo.
“However, this omits a critical aspect of the mission – community. The Piper Fellowship will provide the tools to help identify those who are missing from the CSCAZ community due to their feeling a lack of belonging and trust that deter engagement. We carry a strong desire to go beyond “serving” to walking alongside our clients. This is a nuanced but important difference. It changes everything and demands sensitive, informed, and bold leadership.”
Since 1999, Cancer Support Community Arizona has provided emotional and social support for anyone impacted by cancer. The nonprofit organization offers more than 100 free programs per month, including support groups, social activities, mind/body therapies, nutritional counseling and educational seminars designed to support cancer patients, their families, and caregivers.
Most of Cancer Support Community Arizona’s programs are funded by individual and corporate donors.
To learn more about CSCAZ, visit cscaz.org.
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