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

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Strengthening civic leadership throughout Arizona, particularly at the state level.

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Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership strengthens civic leadership throughout Arizona, particularly at the state level, through in-person programs and publications on issues and leadership. The independent, nonpartisan Center is part of the Flinn Foundation. The Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy, the Center’s flagship program, selects Arizonans from all perspectives and walks of life for a high-level, 14-session seminar series, membership in the Flinn-Brown Network, and long-term support for state-level public service. The Thomas R. Brown Foundations of Tucson also provides resources for the Academy.


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DataAZ | Voting innovation across the nation

Voting experiences and mechanics are far from simple, static, or uniform. The federal government, states, counties, municipalities, and civic organizations play various parts in many types of elections, especially with the rise of real and imagined concerns about access and security. Administrative choices, court decisions, and legislation over decades have produced a decentralized public/private complex that differs from state to state.

Learn more in “Choices, mechanics, and competition: The many facets of voting in Arizona.”


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2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy application to open in spring

The 2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is set to begin in August 2020 and conclude in November 2020.

The application for the next Flinn-Brown Academy will open in spring 2020.

Every year, about 25 Arizonans are selected for membership in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in a highly competitive statewide process. Flinn-Brown builds Fellows’ expertise in policy and politics over the Academy’s 14 sessions and with continuing long-term support, while introducing them to many of the networks that make things happen in Arizona.

Learn more about the application process and 2020 schedule. Questions? Contact Sara Larsen


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Flinn-Brown Award recipients recognized at annual Flinn-Brown Convention

Five dedicated Arizona leaders were honored May 3 by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at its annual Flinn-Brown Convention, which brings together Flinn-Brown Fellows for a day of learning and celebration.

The award winners include a current Arizona legislator, a decades-long public servant, and advocates for public health, rural Arizona, community colleges, youth services, and historic preservation in northern, central, and southern Arizona.

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Flinn Foundation incorporates sustainability into its philanthropic work to benefit Arizona

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation For more than 50 years, the Flinn Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life in Arizona for the benefit of future generations. The Phoenix-based philanthropic grantmaking organization has done so through its support of the Arizona bioscience sector, the Flinn Scholars Program, arts and culture, and the development […]

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2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy application to open in spring

The 2020 Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy is set to begin in August 2020 and conclude in November 2020. The application for the next Flinn-Brown Academy will open in spring 2020. Every year, about 25 Arizonans are selected for membership in the Flinn-Brown Civic Leadership Academy in a highly competitive statewide process. Flinn-Brown builds Fellows’ expertise […]

Civic Leadership

Flinn-Brown Award recipients recognized at annual Flinn-Brown Convention

Five dedicated Arizona leaders were honored May 3 by the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at its annual Flinn-Brown Convention, which brings together Flinn-Brown Fellows for a day of learning and celebration. The award winners include a current Arizona legislator, a decades-long public servant, and advocates for public health, rural Arizona, community colleges, youth services, […]

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Flinn-Brown Fellow Chad Marchand dedicates career to serving tribal nations

By Brian PowellFlinn Foundation Chad Marchand is a businessman and economic developer, a broker and networker, a community and civic leader, and a multi-degreed student with a zeal for spreading educational opportunities for Native Americans. Marchand is also a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes, raised in Omak, a small town in north-central Washington on […]