Lovell Foundation Awards $492,000 to 13 Nonprofits Serving Southern Arizona

The Tucson-based David and Lura Lovell Foundation recently approved $492,000 in grants for 13 Tucson nonprofit organizations to support programs in the areas of mental health, integrative health and wellness, youth access to the arts, and gender parity. Additional grants to two national programs totaled $156,000.

The largest grant this year is for $162,000 to the University of Arizona College of Nursing, as the final portion of three-year funding for the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship program. The goal is to expand nursing education to encompass more integrative nursing knowledge and skills that can help improve the outcomes of patients with acute and chronic healthcare issues. It is UACON’s vision that in 10-20 years, colleges of nursing throughout the country will incorporate integrative nursing in their continuum of health and wellness programs from baccalaureate through doctoral studies.

A grant for $69,000 was awarded to CommunityShare, toward connecting the expertise of community partners (artists, scientists, retirees, etc.) with students and teachers through an online “matching” platform, workshops/trainings, teacher leadership forums, community events and dialogues, innovation grants, community-based storyteling, and advocacy. In addition to the Lovell Foundation grant, Digital Promise, a nonprofit created by Congress, has committed to partner with CommunityShare to bring Tucson into its network of “education innovation clusters” and begin piloting the online platform as a model nationwide.

Act One received a $50,000 grant toward their field trip program in Tucson, which provides students in Title I schools with engaging, hands-on arts learning opportunities aligned with Arizona’s core curriculum. Act One covers transportation costs, offers “one-stop” scheduling, and provides teaching materials related to the performance or exhibit. Act One’s Tucson arts partners include Arizona Theatre Company, Tucson Museum of Art, UA Presents, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Live Theater Workshop, and Arizona Repertory Singers and Theater.

Additional Lovell Foundation grants are:
• $45,000 to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center for their behavioral health program, which serves uninsured and underserved patients at deeply discounted rates. The program treats the psychological, emotional, cognitive and social factors important to the prevention, treatment, and management of physical and behavioral health issues.
• $30,000 to United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona toward strategic planning and community facilitation to expand and mature the work of the ELDER Alliance/End of Life Care Coalition to increase quality healthcare choices during the final years of life. This collaborative effort envisions a broadening of vision to include the entire health care network and creation of a “cultural movement” regarding end of life care and planning.
• $25,000 to Children’s Museum Tucson for Art After Dark, a monthly program for youth and families featuring interactive activities facilitated by CMT and local arts organizations in conjunction with “Second Saturdays” downtown community gatherings.
• $25,000 to Coyote Task Force for capacity building to support their mission of providing vocational services in a safe environment for adults recovering from serious mental illness. They strive to combat personal and societal stigma associated with mental illness by providing peer support, education, and community interaction with recovering adults. Current programs are Our Place Clubhouse, Café 54, and Truck 54.
• $25,000 to the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation toward the Firefighter Mental Health and Wellness Program, which links first responders and their families with services that address unhealthy coping behaviors and mental health problems such as depression and post-traumatic stress. The goal is to keep mental health concerns from becoming serious problems that affect performance.
• $21,000 to the University of Arizona College of Fine Arts for capacity building for CFA in Schools programming (guitar, dance, and drumming; early elementary music education; and Wellness through the Arts). CFA in Schools builds sustainable arts programs in schools with large populations of at-risk students.
• $15,000 for continuing support of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Music in the Schools/Young People’s Concerts. This is the orchestra’s largest music education program, reaching more than 13,000 students from 90 schools.
• $10,000 to Arizona Theatre Company for the Tucson Student Matinee Series, which provides under-resourced middle and high school students the experience of live professional theater. The goal is to use theater as a catalyst to inspire creativity through the development of language literacy, artistic engagement, critical thinking, and informed cultural identity, as well as to foster an appreciation for theater as an art form.
• $8,000 for Invisible Theatre’s Project Pastime, providing mentally and physically challenged students with instruction in music, drama, and dance, culminating in an original musical called “The Me Inside of Me” which the students create and perform.
• $7,500 to the Tucson Girls Chorus to support outreach and add engagement choirs in underserved areas. The mission of TGC is to prepare a diverse group of young women to be confident leaders through participation in an educational program that emphasizes music, performance, leadership training, and community service.

In addition to funding in the Tucson area, the Foundation made two grants to national media-related programs in gender parity and mental health:
• $80,000 to Chicken & Egg Pictures for their Accelerator Lab to expand the pipeline of women non-fiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling catalyzes social change.
• $76,000 to the Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative at the University of Southern California Annenberg toward measuring the presence and portrayal of mental health conditions in film. The data will enable activists and advocates to address what may be skewed and stereotypical portrayals of mental illness.

The Lovell Foundation was established in 1994 by David and Lura Lovell. Since then the Foundation has awarded over $14 million to support more than 80 nonprofit organizations nationwide. Today the Foundation is led by an executive director, a board of trustees and a board of advisors. More information is at or (520) 325-3656.

ICS Care Partners Program

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Tucson Fire Foundation

The following message was sent on April 21, 2017, to the Greater Tucson Firefighting community from Mike McKendrick, Chair of the Tucson Fire Foundation:

Dear Friends,

It’s been a challenging few weeks within our firefighting family. The loss of one of our own at his own hand – and the injury and death of two others also at his hand – evoked deep sorrow and pain for all involved.

But it also prompted many of us to wonder what we could have done to stop this tragedy. Was there a change in our friend’s behavior that we missed? Did we see something, but were afraid to say something? Are there Fire Foundation programs that could have helped him through his crisis?

And do we, as a firefighting family and community, make it “okay” for our brothers and sisters to seek help when they do need it without stigma?

The Tucson Fire Foundation offers what amounts to free counseling and support services for all firefighters, first responders, and their families. But we also understand that it’s not always easy to ask for help.

In light of the recent events, we are establishing a dedicated email, phone line, and online website access that will make it simpler for our members to confidentially access our support services at any time. We’ll update you shortly with the details.

Our hearts are with the members of the Scott and Bair families. They need to know we all stand with them and that we’re proactively working to help prevent tragedies such as this in the future.


Mike McKendrick,
Chair, Tucson Fire Foundation

Social Venture Partners Capacity Building Grant Applications

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Grant applications are open now through January 18, 2017. Learn more by clicking here and be sure to attend a Meet SVP! Info Session.

Special Emmy Recognition for AZPM Original

The Rocky Mountain Southwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has presented the 2016 Board of Governors’ Award to the Arizona Public Media (AZPM) original project, Passing On.

The Rocky Mountain Southwest NATAS Governors’ Award is the highest award the chapter gives to an individual, organization or station. This award is given to a multi-platform project that extends beyond the parameters of the chapter’s regular television distinctions.

Passing On will be honored along with “Build A Bike” from Cox Communications at the regional Emmy® award gala in October.

“AZPM has been fortunate to be recognized by NATAS in the past, but this award is very special to us because it represents a collaborative, team project that involved many people in many departments and several community organizations,” said Jack Gibson, AZPM General Manager. “We’re very honored and proud to receive it.”

AZPM’s original documentary Passing On sheds light on a subject most people shy away from: end of life. In partnership with the Pima Council on Aging (PCOA), AZPM coordinated various outreach programs open to members of the southern Arizona community, including panel discussions and workshops, to share valuable information about planning for end of life. Major funding for Passing On was provided by The David and Lura Lovell Foundation. Additional funding provided by The Marshall Foundation.

The full film, information and resources are available at

Story by AZPM Staff

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation Buyers’ Club Now Online

Through generous support from the Lovell Foundation, SAAF has been able to bring its venture, the Travis Wright Memorial Buyers’ Club, to a whole new audience, as it moves online. The Buyers’ Club offers the general community high-quality vitamins, supplements, protein powders, and more at reduced rates. Started in 1988, the Buyers’ Club has offered nutraceuticals to SAAF clients and the general community, supplements that help bolster the immune system of people living with HIV and help address the numerous side effects.

Until December 2010, the Buyers’ Club was located in SAAF’s offices when Deb Van Sant and Greg Rogan, long-time donors and supporters of SAAF and owners of Cactus Drug, proposed a forward-thinking business plan that included the Buyers’ Club as part of their new pharmacy. Donating 250 square feet of floor space in their pharmacy, Deb and Greg doubled the size of the Buyers’ Club and expanded hours. Cactus Drug closed last month and the physical Buyers’ Club space moved back over to the SAAF offices, located at 375 South Euclid Avenue. We thank Deb & Greg for all they did to support the Buyers’ Club these past 6 years.

Seeing the success of moving the Buyers’ Club to a more high-profile, public location, in 2015, the Lovell Foundation made a grant to SAAF to further expand the Buyers’ Club and bring it online. The website, at, which launched on August 10, 2016, has been a dream for many years. SAAF Executive Director, Wendell Hicks, states, “By bringing the Buyers’ Club online, we are greatly expanding on the positive impacts the program has had for thousands of SAAF clients over the years. Now, it will be even easier for members of the community to take control of their health while supporting SAAF and saving a little bit of money, too.”

Membership in the Buyers’ Club is free and open to the general public. For more information about becoming a member, visit

Date: 8/10/2016
Contact: Wendell Hicks, Executive Director
Luis Ortega, Director of Programs (520) 547-6127

SAAF’s mission is to cultivate a healthy and stigma-free society through transformative action. For more information about the programs and services of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF) or to schedule a tour of SAAF, please visit or call (520) 628-7223.

SVP Tucson Fast Pitch Applications Now Open

June 27, 2016 – Tucson, AZ

Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson is seeking applicants for Fast Pitch, a free communication skills-building program for local nonprofits culminating in a showcase event, modeled after traditional venture capital funding competitions.

SVP Tucson has opened applications for their Fast Pitch program. Fast Pitch provides Tucson’s nonprofits with community collaboration, skills building and increased awareness to grow their impact. This innovative program provides an opportunity for nonprofits to “pitch” their cause to an audience of more than 500, to gain local awareness and to win cash awards.

Through a competitive application process, 15 non-profit leaders will be selected to participate based on their innovative approaches to creating social change and their potential for significant positive community impact. Selected nonprofits will receive training and mentoring over the course of two months from volunteer business, marketing and coaching professionals on how to succinctly and powerfully “tell their story.”

The program culminates in a “Fast Pitch” competition – a high energy, rapid-fire presentation event during which seven finalists share the mission, vision and impact of their organization with the audience and judges – in just three minutes! Fast Pitch finalists compete for over $40,000 in grants and prizes.

2015 was Fast Pitch’s inaugural year in Tucson and it made a big impact, resulting in over $100,000 in awards, grants and donations; $200,000 of media exposure; and $300,000 of skills building training delivered to nonprofits. Fast Pitch is changing the game, and providing new opportunities for the Tucson nonprofit community.

Applications are open now through August 8th. The Fast Pitch Showcase will be held on November 10, 2015, at the Leo Rich Theater in the Tucson Convention Center.

Contact Information:
Ciara Garcia, Executive Director
Direct: 520-209-2878 Cell: 520-449-0169

About Social Venture Partners Tucson

Our Mission
SVP Tucson is an ever-expanding community of engaged philanthropists dedicated to building the capacity, strength and impact of nonprofits in addressing social problems. We accomplish this through:

  • Thoughtful and strategic investments and collaborations
  • Our Partners’ engagement and expertise, and
  • Inspiring and equipping Partners to be more strategic and effective with their giving

SVP Tucson is a member of the Social Venture Partners network of more than 3,900+ engaged donors in 40 cities, in 9 countries, who have contributed $54M+ to 700+ nonprofits to date.

UA College of Nursing Launches Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship

June 15, 2016

The first cohort of integrative nursing faculty fellows from the UA College of Nursing: Sharon Hom, Megan Munson, Mary O’Connell, Ruth Carlson, Connie Miller, Michelle Kahn-John, Deborah Williams, Elizabeth Spinks, Melissa Goldsmith and Kim Blumenfeld. As the first participants in the world’s only Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship (INFF), 11 fellows from the University of Arizona College of Nursing have begun charting a new course for nursing education.

“Leaders in nursing education have yet to fully embrace the theory and practices of integrative nursing to improve health-care practice,” said Joan Shaver, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the UA College of Nursing. “We need a new approach to nursing education that will better meet what patients want, and we view this fellowship as a game-changer. Our faculty fellows will evolve a new framework that unites traditional views of what constitutes health with broader views of what constitutes well-being, even when disease may be present.”

Funded through the generous support of The David and Lura Lovell Foundation, the INFF program offered by the UA College of Nursing is a first-of-its-kind program for educating and preparing nursing faculty to transform nursing education using the science, theory and practice of integrative nursing.

“Integrative nursing is a whole-person, whole-system approach to health and well-being,” said Mary Koithan, PhD, CNS-BC, FAAN, the Anne Furrow Professor of Integrative Nursing at the UA College of Nursing and director of the INFF program. “During this fellowship, faculty will learn to use and teach the full range of evidence-informed therapeutics to manage symptoms such as pain, fatigue, nausea and insomnia – all commonly seen across health-care settings in which nurses deliver care.”

On May 19, INFF participants enjoyed a welcome with Dr. Jean Watson, founder and director of the Watson Caring Science Institute, who spoke the following day about the connection between caring science and integrative nursing.

The first INFF class, comprised solely of UA College of Nursing faculty members, began the yearlong fellowship on May 20. In 2017, the second cohort will include 30 fellows from nursing schools across the nation. The application will open on February 1.

“Students are opening up to integrative nursing in ways that are exciting and challenging,” said Ruth E. Carlson, MSN, RN, an INFF fellow and clinical instructor who teaches mental health nursing in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. “Our patients also are becoming aware of the integrative therapies that are available and expect that these be provided as part of their care. As faculty, it is imperative for us to be there to develop, excite, challenge, teach and model integrative nursing practice for our students.”

The first cohort of INFF participants includes:

  • Kim L. Blumenfeld, MSN, RN, clinical instructor
  • Ruth E. Carlson, MSN, RN, clinical instructor
  • Melissa M. Goldsmith, PhD, RNC, clinical associate professor
  • Sharon Hom, PhD, MS, RN, clinical instructor
  • Michelle Kahn-John, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, GNP, assistant professor
  • Pamela Lusk, DNP, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, clinical associate professor
  • Connie S. Miller, DNP, RNC-OB, CNE, CCCE, clinical assistant professor
  • Megan A. Munson, MSN/Ed, RN, clinical instructor
  • Mary F. O’Connell, MA, RN, PHN, clinical instructor
  • Elizabeth A. Spinks, MS, RN, clinical instructor
  • Deborah K. Williams, PhD, MPH, RN, clinical assistant professor

For more information about the Integrative Nursing Faculty Fellowship, please visit:

About the University of Arizona College of Nursing
At the University of Arizona College of Nursing, faculty members envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information, see:

About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs almost 5,000 people, has nearly 1,000 faculty members and garners more than $126 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: