Flinn Foundation

Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Arts and Culture

Improving the financial and creative health of Arizona’s arts-and-culture organizations.

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A Flinn program helping large arts organizations increase capitalization and strengthen creative programs.
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View snapshots of the nearly 20 participants taking part in the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health.
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A Flinn partner and resource for grantees that collects and shares data to strengthen decision-making.
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A state agency and Flinn partner helping Arizonans participate in and experience the arts.
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Read about the latest developments in Arizona's dynamic arts-and-culture sector.

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Arts and Culture

Flinn Arts & Culture

The Flinn Foundation supports arts and culture in Arizona principally through the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health, which helps Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations identify and design strategies to impact priority capitalization needs.

The Foundation also supports SMU DataArts, which gives Arizona’s arts-and-culture sector access to standardized data to strengthen organizational effectiveness, and the Creative Communities program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


Arts and Culture

Health-care entrepreneur joins Flinn Foundation board

Heidi Jannenga, one of Arizona’s most accomplished health-care-technology entrepreneurs, has been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

Jannenga, co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, the leading software provider for electronic medical records and practice management for rehabilitation therapists, brings to the board premier expertise in the clinical and business currents shaping Arizona’s health-care and technology sectors. She also serves as secretary of the board of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation, as a trustee of the Arizona Science Center, as a board member of the Arizona chapter of Conscious Capitalism, and as a board member of the Arizona School for the Arts. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation gives $40,000 for small Arizona arts groups

Ten Arizona arts-and-culture organizations will receive a combined $40,000 under a Flinn Foundation initiative that will support rural and diverse art galleries, festivals, dance classes, museums, workshops, and education.

“Our hope is that each of these grants will make a difference to the community, enabling festivals to flourish, galleries to spotlight local talent, creators to engage the next generation, and so much more,” said Tammy McLeod, Flinn Foundation president and CEO. “We are proud to be supporting the arts in these Arizona towns that add so much to our state’s vibrancy.” [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit strives to improve criminal-justice system as county chief probation officer

Sarah Douthit, a Flinn-Brown Fellow and chief probation officer for the Coconino County Adult Probation Department in Flagstaff, was awarded funding from the Creative Communities program for an arts project that resulted in client-created murals that allowed her office to focus on the creative strengths of her clients to make a positive impact on the community.

Douthit, who also answers questions about her profession, public policy, and the Flinn-Brown Network, is dedicated to servant leadership in Arizona to promote successful outcomes and healthy communities. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation extends grantmaking response to COVID-19 in Arizona

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening and profoundly changing Arizonans’ lives, the Flinn Foundation is offering consultations for Arizona arts-and-culture organizations with a nationally recognized financial planning expert to map out scenarios for the future.

As it looks ahead, the foundation anticipates directing the vast majority of the grant funding it has earmarked for the arts in 2020 and 2021 to help its grantee pool respond to the pressures of the pandemic. The foundation also made more than $450,000 in emergency grants to protect frontline health-care workers, accelerate development of therapeutics, and support outbreak modeling and tracking. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Arizona Opera opens enterprising RED Series with Frank Lloyd Wright production

Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home until his death in 1959, was one of eight of the iconic architect’s buildings named UNESCO World Heritage sites in July.

And now, two months later, Arizona Opera is set to premiere a new, “Taliesin West” version of the opera “Shining Brow” for Arizona audiences, chronicling the rise of a young Wright.

This renewed version of the 1990s opera “Shining Brow” will premiere on Sept. 27 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, with additional performances on Sept. 28 and 29. The opera will also be performed at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson Oct. 5 and 6. [Read more]


News and Updates

Arts and Culture

Health-care entrepreneur joins Flinn Foundation board

Heidi Jannenga, one of Arizona’s most accomplished health-care-technology entrepreneurs, has been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.  Jannenga, co-founder of Phoenix-based WebPT, the leading software provider for electronic medical records and practice management for rehabilitation therapists, brings to the board premier expertise in the clinical and business currents shaping Arizona’s health-care and technology sectors.  “The Flinn Foundation helps research discoveries today become startups and therapeutics tomorrow,” said Dr. David J. Gullen, chair of the Flinn Foundation board. “Heidi understands what’s necessary for such translation better than almost anyone, and her experience […]

Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation gives $40,000 for small Arizona arts groups

Ten Arizona arts-and-culture organizations will receive a combined $40,000 under a Flinn Foundation initiative that will support rural and diverse art galleries, festivals, dance classes, museums, workshops, and education. The grants, distributed in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, provide funding to arts and culture organizations within smaller and rural communities. Each of […]

Arts and Culture

Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit strives to improve criminal-justice system as county chief probation officer

Flinn-Brown Fellow Sarah Douthit (2013) is the chief probation officer for the Coconino County Adult Probation Department in Flagstaff. She has held a variety of positions in the criminal justice system in Arizona, including with Adult Parole, Adult Probations, and the Arizona Supreme Court. She is also an active member of the American Probation and […]

Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation extends grantmaking response to COVID-19 in Arizona

With the COVID-19 pandemic threatening and profoundly changing Arizonans’ lives, the Phoenix-based Flinn Foundation has made a series of emergency grants to protect frontline health-care workers, accelerate development of therapeutics, support outbreak modeling and tracking, and help sustain vulnerable nonprofit organizations across the state. The more than $450,000 in grants have been issued to a […]