Senior Consultant (Emeritus)
Deborah Whitehurst has been assisting nonprofits, foundations, and philanthropists in Arizona and nationally for 36 years. Prior to joining The Phoenix Philanthropy Group, Deborah served as Chief Operating Officer of the Arizona Community Foundation, overseeing the organization’s work in strategic planning, asset acquisition, affiliate development, donor services, communications, programs, grantmaking, initiatives, and administration. Other staff positions during her 18-year tenure at the Foundation included Interim Chief Executive Officer, Director of Development, and Special Advisor to the CEO. Earlier in her career, Deborah was founding Executive Director of the Phoenix Arts Commission and Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Deborah was writer/content editor of the Council on Foundations’ Institute for New Board Members curriculum. She is certified as a specialist in planned giving by the American Institute for Philanthropic Studies at California State University, Long Beach.
Volunteer Highlights (past & present): Council on Foundations, Community Foundation Insights, Planned Giving Roundtable of Central Arizona, and numerous support foundation boards of directors.