Brian Spicker, a highly respected leader and nonprofit agency executive with a 40-year career of success in maximising community impact, driving systems change, building strong cross-sector partnerships, increasing revenue and enhancing programs and grant-making effectiveness has launched Spicker Consulting and Coaching to help nonprofits “win the race for relevancy through scaling impact.”

Spicker Consulting and Coaching will focus on assisting nonprofit agencies with strategy, capacity building, resource development, philanthropy, measuring impact and providing a framework “to build, develop and brand their specific products and services for long-term social impact,” he said.

“We’re in a fast-paced society, and philanthropy and government can move too slowly,” he said. “We need market-driven solutions, innovation and scale.”

Mr. Spicker, a resident of Scottsdale, was most recently chief program officer for the Valley of the Sun United Way during a 17-year tenure that included responsibilities as senior vice president for community initiatives. During his time with the United Way, he was responsible for more than 260 programs in grant making and nine major initiatives in school readiness, financial stability, community development and homelessness strategies allocating more than $720 million dollars during that time.

Among his most successful efforts was development of strategic partnerships with government agencies leading to regional and statewide collaborations in early childhood development, K-12, education and homelessness. One critical outcome was the formation of a funders collaborative to develop 1,400 units of permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless as well as the founding of Arizona Early Childhood Alliance, for which he served as co-chair,


Mr. Spicker was recently named the Professional in Residence for Social Impact at the Lodestar Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, ASU Watts College of Public Service. For the past 10 years, he has been an associate faculty at ASU’s School of Community Resources and Development, Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Previously, he served as executive director of Body Positive, an HIV/AIDS Resource and Research Center from 1996 to 2002. In that capacity, he directed the development of one of the largest privately funded HIV/AIDS clinical trials program in the nation. The organisation was recognised as one of the country’s leading agencies providing prevention, intervention and research.

He has served as a member of the Maricopa Integrated Health Care System Citizens Bond Committee, the Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing, the ASU Lodestar Centre for Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leadership Council, the Maricopa County Board of Health, the St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Centre’s Community Board of Directors, Arizona Grantmaker’s Forum board of directors, the Valley Leadership board of directors and the Arizona Department of Economic Security Childcare Advisory Council, which he also chaired.

Sourced from Scottsdale Independent