Founded in 2006, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is a 501(c)(3), public/private non-profit organization created from the collaboration of three Arizona CEO business organizations – Greater Phoenix Leadership, Southern Arizona Leadership, and the Flagstaff 40. These CEO groups made a five-year commitment to fund SFAz’s core operating costs. Those funds are now raised through corporate and individual philanthropic donations.
SFAz’s purpose is to diversify and strengthen Arizona’s economy by:
- Investing in scientific and engineering areas of greatest economic importance to Arizona
- Facilitating strategic collaborations between Arizona research institutions and industry
- Supporting effective education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
- Attracting and retaining world-class jobs and talent
SFAz continues to play a pivotal role in delivering and managing an investment strategy in purpose-driven innovation, research and education to spur greater businesses opportunities, further investments and new technology sector growth.