About Southern Arizona Nonprofits

People are often shocked to learn that more than 2000 nonprofits exist in Tucson, serving Southern Arizona residents in many different ways; providing social services, arts and culture, environmental stewardship, animal rescue and care, along with many other benefits. This talk show brings nonprofits together around the table to share with our listeners and each other, all the amazing things they do, and to discover ways they can collaborate to expand services and assist each other’s clients. An infinite number of programs are available in the Tucson region, and each nonprofit has provocative and passionate stories to tell about the people they serve, the work they do, and the meaningful impact they have on the community at large. The show was designed to mimic the strategy that has proven to be very successful for our nonprofit, ‘IMPACT of Southern Arizona’ over more than two decades. Bringing community together through partnerships truly makes almost anything possible. We can all imagine and achieve much more by sharing ideas, strengths, skills and resources; professional staff, myriad trained volunteers, partner agencies, clubs and businesses, government agencies, individual donors, Foundations, grantors, and event sponsors. Working together, we achieve a greater Collective IMPACT, and improve the lives, and inspire the futures, of hundreds of thousands of Southern Arizonans.

Why You Should Listen

Discover an organization that speaks to your spirit and passion. Perhaps it will become a place to volunteer your time with like people who share your interests, and where you will meet new people and make new friends. Become a philanthropist, exploring causes that align with your own personal values. Find out where to invest your charitable dollars in order to make the greatest impact that is meaningful to you. See if your business aligns with a local nonprofit; finding a match that fits so you can be involved in community solutions, bringing added value to your employees and raising your community profile. Learn about new resources in your community which you can share with colleagues, friends and family who may be looking for support. Discover what struggles exist in our region, and ways our nonprofits are addressing societal issues around equality, diversity and inclusion. Do you live outside of Tucson? Learn what kinds of organizations exist here, and how we address issues; find your passion, then take this knowledge back to your own community to find similar organizations with a common cause, and start a new nonprofit partnership yourself in your hometown. Share our nonprofit resource contacts provided on each show profile page with organizers in your home, and be part of growing your community’s own collective IMPACT.

Our Show Is Special

Each episode of ‘Southern Arizona Nonprofits – The Superheroes IMPACTing Our Community’ educates and inspires. The easy listening format is a relaxed, fun, conversation guests have around the table, sharing positive stories and talking about incredible successes, building your knowledge of issues, solutions, and the greater community around you. One more tool in the box for all you lifelong learners!

Our Show's Goals

My goals with this show are to introduce you to different guests, each episode, who represent a wide variety of nonprofits and the different types of work on which they focus. I hope you connect with the passion these people have for the work they do; and that you walk away inspired to learn more, to do more, and to reach out to the ones that ring true to your heart. I want to introduce families to ways they can involve their children in giving back through volunteering, and philanthropy; so they grow up to follow in the footsteps of many of our nonprofit professionals and supporters. Together we can make our community even stronger still!

More About Us

Barbara McClure wakes up each morning passionate about going to work at a place that improves lives and inspires futures every day! She has been the Executive Director of a Tucson social service nonprofit called IMPACT of Southern Arizona, for ten years. What is it that keeps you passionate about your role Barbara? Barbara has been a visionary and planner with decades of experience as a small business owner and in nonprofit leadership; her innovative ideas and strategic thinking, along with a talent for bringing the community together, has helped grow IMPACT five- fold in a very short time. Her talents and interests are diverse but all center around helping people, improving the community, bolstering education, building capacity and sustainability, being vocal about the rights and conditions of others, experiencing art, nurturing all inhabitants of your garden, and enjoying life to the fullest. And now Barbara is about to experience another exciting chapter in her life with hosting a brand-new Radio Show Podcast here on the Tucson Business RadioX Network starting in November. IMPACT of Southern Arizona is a 20 – year old social service nonprofit stabilizing families and seniors, and moving people out of poverty. IMPACT’s programs are designed to stretch household budgets so earned income can be spent on necessities such as improved housing conditions, fuel to get to work, utilizes, and needed medical attention and prescriptions. Its clients are your neighbors! People come to IMPACT because it is a welcoming place where they are always treated with dignity and respect, and where they find resources, referrals, coaching, and help to attain the skills that can move them forward into self-sufficiency. Barbara grew up in Pasadena CA, moved to Long Beach for college, got married and started our family then moved to Seattle area ten years later. Took our youngest son on an 11-month motorhome trip to get to Tucson – Homeschooled for 10th grade. We vacationed at a rustic cabin when I was growing up, where we had no phone or television; and spent all our time outside fishing, hiking, horseback riding, listening to old radio shows, playing pool, reading comic books from the local small grocer, and using our imaginations all day long. I always admired the superheroes who defended people and cities like Gotham and Metropolis, so when our three boys were born, we named them after familiar character: Colin (Bryce for an overlay of Bruce Wayne, Kent, and Parker. Our first grandchild was born last year, and as in the family tradition, named Logan, after the Wolverine. I used to always tell them they were my superheroes – and they still are today! Barbara loves working with numbers and has always loved math and the organization of things, so accounting seemed perfect, but I soon realized that I if I became a CPA I would have to spend many months inside doing tax returns, and that did not appeal to me as a long–term career! I have a great imagination and enjoy creating things, so thought I should find a better path that might nurture that side of my personality. I was working in the shipping industry in SoCal at the time and fell in love with import and export, so shifted my majors to Marketing and International Business. Those were wonderful fits, and I imagined graduating and moving to the largest port on the planet, in Germany; then, I met my future husband and things took a different turn.

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