A recognized leader in the nonprofit community, Alison Rapping puts her more than 25 years nonprofit management and leadership experience to work in developing your plans for impact.
She has been responsible for providing the strategic direction for organizations, managing extensive volunteer structures, including Boards of Directors, and creating fund raising plans and raising the resources to support year-round programs and activities. Alison is adept at nonprofit capacity building, organizational effectiveness and facilitation of community initiatives. She serves as both a consultant and facilitator.
Ms. Rapping is passionate about helping people and families align their giving – time, treasures and talents – with causes and organizations that are making a transformational difference in the world.
Alison has worked extensively in the nonprofit, philanthropic and community development sectors, including as the Executive Director of Valley Leadership (Phoenix), VisionQuest 20/20 (national) and Co-CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, where she oversaw the successful launch of this new statewide organization focused on promoting, supporting and serving Arizona’s nonprofit community.
Alison led Hands on Greater Phoenix (formally Make A Difference) for 12 years where she facilitated the growth of the organization from start-up to a $1.2 million budget offering a wide range of programs and services working with corporate, government and small businesses, along with individuals seeking to make an impact on nonprofits and communities through volunteerism. She was highly sought after at the national level Points of Light Hands on Network and often led best practice workshops and conversations. In 2005 and 2006, she traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Korea, and the Gulf Coast to support and provide fundraising/ resource development training to organizations interested in creating Hands On Network models of service. Alison was also a member of the Hands on Network board of directors.
She serves as a consultant to Gideon’s Promise (located in Atlanta, GA), and currently serves on the national Board of Directors of VisionQuest 20/20.
Before moving to Arizona to run Hands on Greater Phoenix, Alison was a Legislative Fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security. Ms. Rapping has also been tapped by Phoenix city government where she has served as Vice Chair for the Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods, the Bond Committee, and was Chair of the Community Development Block Grants review panel.
Alison was named one of the inaugural members The Phoenix Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ emerging leaders and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XX. She is a graduate of the Community Driven Institute and has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
He passions include community building, inspiring people, childhood vision, Yinyasa Flow Yoga (certified yoga teacher; continuous student), waterskiing, Africa (and special love for the people of Zimbabwe), Steeler Football, bookstores, music, coffee, enjoying the company of children, dogs (especially Bentley, an energetic Cocker Spaniel and Bitson, a mixed white ball of fluff.) Laughing and cake also make the list.
- Certified – Emergenetics: Moving Thinking Forward, Associate and Trainer, Denver, CO
- Certified – Graduate of the Creating the Future Institute, Consultant and Trainer, Tucson, AZ