ARIZONA PIRG EDUCATION FUND INC

Gilbert, AZ   |  www.arizonapirgedfund.org

Mission

With public debate around important issues often dominated by special interests pursuing their own narrow agendas, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund’s mission is to offer an independent voice that works on behalf of the public interest. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund works to protect consumers and promote good government. We investigate problems, craft solutions, educate the public, offer citizens’ meaningful opportunities for civic participation and deliver concrete policy results.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Diane E. Brown

Main address

835 W. Warner Rd., Suite 101-464

Gilbert, AZ 85233 USA

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EIN

35-2259362

NTEE code info

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

Public Health Program (E70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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As corporate or government wrongdoing violates fundamental principles of fairness and justice or threatens our health and safety, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund works hard to stand up for Arizonans.

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund focuses where powerful economic interests pose the greatest threat to the public interest and engages in forums wherever victory can be won—from city hall to Washington, D.C., from the board room to the courtroom, or in the court of public opinion.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protecting Consumers in Arizona

Protecting Consumers in Arizona works to protect Arizonans from unfair marketplace abuses and unsafe products. Our work includes issuing reports and tips for consumers; conducting outreach through diverse entities and the media; and direct communication with policy makers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Energy Efficient Arizona promotes increasing energy efficiency in our state through the adoption and implementation of strong policies. Our work includes opposing efforts that increase ratepayer bills without providing tools to better manage electricity use.

Population(s) Served
Adults

21st Century Transportation for Arizona promotes transportation options for Arizonans, particularly opportunities for passenger rail, improved bus service, bikable and pedestrian friendly communities.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of briefings or presentations held

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund's goal is to ensure a representative democracy - one where the public's interest supersedes a narrow powerful special interest.

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund identifies, researches and advances sound public interest policy while educating and mobilizing the public; organizing diverse interests into strong coalitions; generating media attention; and building relationships with state leaders. We have a strong ethos of sustainability, and are thus well-equipped to expand our organizations' capacity.

The capabilities of the Arizona PIRG Education Fund can largely be summed up through policy victories and coalition leadership such as those highlighted below.

Additionally, although each PIRG organization is state-based, we benefit from over 45 years of experience from the federation of state PIRGs, whose mission is winning concrete results in the short-term in order to build grassroots momentum and organizational capability to achieve bigger public interest change in the long-term. U.S. PIRG Education Fund's network of shared national backup staff assist each PIRG to recruit and train staff and provide organizational development assistance including program development and packaging, fundraising, and administrative and legal support.

Taxpayer Safeguards
The Arizona PIRG Education Fund worked with the State Comptroller to ensure some of the best practices in government budget transparency websites were brought to Arizona. We presented information from other states, provided critique of the state's website and arranged meetings with diverse interests and state leaders to ensure taxpayers could easily access and understand budget information. Due in part to our recommendations, Arizona moved from the bottom into the top five state websites for showing taxpayers how our money is spent.

Energy Efficient Arizona
We were a leader in efforts to have one of the strongest energy efficiency standards in our country enacted. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund provided research highlighting energy efficiency success stories in our state; educated and involved small businesses and a variety of organizations; organized citizens to provide testimony and comments; and gained media attention across Arizona. On a continual basis, we worked closely with allies and communicated directly with policymakers.

21st Century Transportation for Arizona
The Arizona PIRG Education Fund issued a series of reports documenting shifts in transportation use in our state and across the nation. We participated in statewide policy forums, local conversations and helped to form the Coalition for Transportation Choices. Our work has helped to shift the dialogue and approach of transportation options in our state.

While each of the above accomplishments are noteworthy, we remain focused on continuing and expanding achievements to increase the youth vote, provide Arizonans with fact-based information on health insurance, ensure transparency in how taxpayer money is spent, promote energy efficiency and advance increased transportation options in our state.

Financials

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ARIZONA PIRG EDUCATION FUND INC

Board of directors
as of 8/5/2021
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Board chair

Carl Perry

Erin Eccleston

Tina Beattie

Ed Mierzwinski

Bret Fanshaw

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No