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The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust


Last Updated: 2016-07-17

At A Glance

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

1202 E. Missouri Ave.

Phoenix, AZ United States 85014-2921

Telephone: (480) 948-5853


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-03-31)

Assets: $566,952,619

Total giving: $19,537,183






Established in 1995 - Virginia Galvin Piper committed herself to the challenge, reward and vocation of philanthropy, transforming the gift of a single life into an enduring humanitarian legacy. With profound generosity, she led others to realize and to act upon the greatness and charity within themselves. Born on Dec. 7, 1911, Virginia Critchfield's exposure to solid Midwestern values laid the foundation for an intellectually vibrant personality. Though her philanthropic career began under the tutelage of her first husband, Motorola founder Paul V. Galvin, Virginia in her own right rose to the responsibilities of stewardship. Following Paul Galvin's death in 1959, Virginia retained her philanthropic duties, expanding her charitable commitments even further. Upon moving to Paradise Valley in 1972, she sought ways to benefit her newly adopted state. Through the remainder of her life, she worked with dedication. The establishment of the trust ensures her legacy thrives

Purpose and Activities

The trust seeks to enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the people in Maricopa County through support of healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Arts and Culture

The program is committed to the proposition that arts and cultural experiences create a vibrant Maricopa County. The three funding areas are: improved business and financial operations; collaborations for greater effectiveness and efficiencies; and revenue generation, cost reduction and mergers. The trust requires all arts and culture grantees to participate in the Arizona Cultural Data Project (Arizona CDP).


The program is committed to the proposition that all children in Maricopa County deserve a happy, healthy and safe childhood. The four funding areas are: improved parent and caregiver child-rearing know-how; assistance for children without resources or with special needs;enhanced child care practices and afterschool care; and integrated early childhood policies and practices .


The program is committed to the proposition that learning results in opportunities and a higher quality of life. The three funding areas are: improved early learning environments; academic enhancements for youth; and engagement of older adults in learning .

Grants to Individuals Program

Fellowships to Maricopa County, AZ, executives who hold positions of significant responsibility in nonprofit organizations.

Healthcare and Medical Research

The program is committed to the proposition that quality, accessible healthcare and disease prevention are essential for all residents and it is committed to personalized medicine, biosignatures and the promise of cost-effective healthcare. The four funding areas are: improve facilities for children, adolescents and older adults; better trained healthcare workforce; increased access to basic healthcare; and centers for advancement in personalized medicine .

Older Adults

The program is committed to the proposition that older adults in Maricopa County must have the chance to remain healthy, independent, and productive. The four funding areas are: disease and disability prevention; assistance for older adults to remain independent; and volunteerism, “Recareering” and community engagement .

Piper Fellows Program

The program acknowledges the never-ceasing demands of nonprofit leadership and offers opportunities for Maricopa County leaders to retool, refresh, and renew. A Piper Fellowship offers the potential for a $90,000 Piper Trust commitment to a Fellow’s organization: Piper Trust awards up to $30,000 for study and travel expenses to support the professional development of outstanding senior executives of nonprofit organizations serving Maricopa County. The Trust awards $10,000 for staff and board professional development. And, a Fellowship makes the Fellow’s organization eligible for a grant up to $50,000 for a Piper Fellows Organizational Enhancement Award either during the sabbatical or within six months of completion. See web site for application process. .

Piper Trust Encore Prize

The Encore Prize will award up to three $5,000 prizes to organizations; one of the three winning organizations may receive a $50,000 "Encore Enhancement Prize" in addition, to expand the organization's use of Encore talent. The Piper Trust Encore Prize(s) are anticipated to be awarded every other year. It will be handled as a grant with terms and conditions. Eligible organizations must be Maricopa County nonprofit and public sector organizations that engage people over 50 in their efforts to improve quality of life. Nonprofits are required to have operated as a 501c3 for a minimum of three years. Contact: Karen LeLand, Dir., Comms./External Relations, e-mail:, tel.: (480) 556-7125. See web site for additional information.

Religious Organizations

Reflecting Virginia Piper's deep commitment to religious organizations, the Piper Trust invests in programs offered by faith-based organizations that focus on young children, adolescents and older adults.

Fields of Interest

  • Arts and culture
  • Senior services
  • Youth mentoring
Population Groups
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-03-31

Assets: $566,952,619 (market value)

Expenditures: $26,626,287

Total giving: $19,537,183

Qualifying distributions: $24,549,732