SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ (September 15, 2021) – On Monday, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale (BGCS) was among 71 organizations selected to receive funding through the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust’s Now is the Moment Grants Commemoration, a single-day investment in Maricopa County’s nonprofit community.
The grant was presented to BGCS as a complete surprise on September 13. Trustees of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust personally met with Ivan Gilreath, BGCS President and CEO, and Janet Caldarelli, BGCS Board of Governors Chair, to announce the award and thank them for their leadership and work in the community.
“We were floored when we learned of the funding,” said Gilreath. “It truly is a game-changer for our organization and will make a substantial impact as we begin implementing several strategic initiatives to strengthen our team, programs and partnerships.”
The Now is the Moment Grants Commemoration draws on Virginia Piper’s visionary statement: “Managing the stewardship of charitable giving is a moment-to-moment dignified responsibility of a truly high calling in human affairs and human relations.”
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has been a supporter of BGCS for 28 years, with more than $5 million of philanthropic investment in programs that promote academic success, good character and leadership, and healthy lifestyles.
Virginia G. Piper was instrumental in helping BGCS expand its reach in the Greater Scottsdale area. Virginia G. Piper personally invested in building the Clubhouse in the Scottsdale Ranch Neighborhood more than 30 years ago, giving youth in that area access to nationally tested programs that help kids succeed.
“Virginia Piper’s investments have created a legacy in Greater Scottsdale that will live on with this substantial grant,” added Gilreath. “We are so very grateful for her life-changing generosity.”
BGCS’s Clubhouses in Scottsdale, Fountain Hills, North Phoenix, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Hualapai Nation in Peach Springs are open to all youth, ages five to 18. No child is turned away for inability to pay and BGCS provides more than $1.2 million in program assistance annually.