Piper Trust Awards Fellowship To Trinity Donovan SanTan Sun News

Piper Trust Awards Fellowship To Trinity Donovan

January 8th, 2019 | by SanTan Sun News
Piper Trust Awards Fellowship To Trinity Donovan
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Santan Sun News Staff

Former Chandler City Council member and longtime community advocate Trinity Donovan has received one of five 2018 fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust – which makes the awards to “exceptional leaders eager to grow personally and professionally while advancing the mission of the fellows program to produce impactful change.”

Donovan, who served on council from 2007-2015, is CEO of AZCEND, a nonprofit that helps people as they move from crisis to stability and ultimately to prosperity.

Working in nonprofit leadership positions for the past 19 years, her areas of focus have included hunger and homelessness, early childhood, senior programs, financial stability and youth development.

She has also represented the city on a regional and national level in areas of human services, transportation, water and sustainability.

Donovan holds a bachelor’s degree in comparative studies in race and ethnicity, and a master’s degree in sociology from Stanford University. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership, a Phoenix Business Journal Forty Under 40 awardee, and has served on a variety of boards and commissions.

The Piper Trust said Donovan will use her fellowship to “explore successful social enterprise models in order to bring an additional source of revenue to AZCEND and provide jobs for participants to support themselves and their families.

“She plans to attend the Stanford Social Entrepreneurship Executive Program and to visit successful social enterprises throughout the U.S. Seeing the value in positive psychology and increased engagement, Donovan will complete a program at the Langley Group Institute, focusing on “positive leadership, positive HR, positive parenting, and positive communities,” the trust said.

She also will attend the StoryBrand workshop to improve her storytelling and messaging skills, and also attend a creative writing retreat as a time for reflection.

“As we help people on their journeys toward prosperity, one major roadblock is finding meaningful employment that allows people to support themselves and their families,” Donovan said. “How do we address this barrier with an opportunity to strengthen our organization and establish a new funding stream? How do we equip ourselves to respond to emerging opportunities to further serve our community and utilize people’s strengths in this process?

“The Piper Fellowship will allow me to explore these questions, further develop skills and knowledge, and put practical tools in place that will strengthen our employees, our programs and the people we serve.”

The 2018 Piper Fellows will participate in a self-designed, professional development sabbatical “focused on strengthening leadership skills and exploring renowned programs that can help nonprofits become more effective and resilient,” the trust said.

The fellowship also offers each selected organization potential grants of up to $90,000 as well as support for study and travel for other colleagues of the fellows within their organization.

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