Our Mission

To drive local innovation and inspire community action through the support and empowerment of Arizona entrepreneurs and nonprofit
organizations.

We fulfill our mission through our four pillars:

  • Creating Meaningful Partnerships
  • Activating Our Community
  • Supporting and Empowering Our Youth
  • Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit

Our Vision

To foster a vibrant and prosperous Arizona that puts local business and community enrichment at the forefront.

What We Do

Community Impact

Our Impact Day initiatives are volunteer-driven events and fundraisers in partnership with other Arizona charities and nonprofit organizations in need. From school beautification to youth mentorship or packing food bags for the hungry, our goal is to inspire giving and action that will directly contribute to well-being of local people and our communities.

Entrepreneurship

Through our entrepreneurship programming, our goal is to support and bolster Arizona’s startup and small-business community. We provide free or low-cost educational opportunities for entrepreneurs, and award grant funding to small businesses in Arizona each year. Current programming includes the Entrepreneur Speaker Series, a high-level guide for starting a business or taking your venture to the next level.

Impactful Partnerships

We believe that in order to make the greatest impact, creative collaboration across segments and industries is key. Our foundation aims to be a catalyst for change and unification across Arizona by bringing together nonprofit organizations, public agencies, businesses, and individuals with common goals & hopeful resolutions for the community.

Want to explore a partnership? Drop us a line at foundation@statefortyeight.com

Our Impact

658

Entrepreneurs Engaged

$37,500

Grant Funding Awarded

1,186

Volunteers Activated

22

Arizona Small Businesses Funded

Our History

In 2019, State Forty Eight launched a new initiative called State Forty Eight Community Impact, where we made it our commitment to do good by empowering others to do good. We were blown away by the support and in our first year, we managed to draw out more than 250 volunteers and donate more than $21,000 to local charities and nonprofit organizations.

In recognizing a desire from the people of Arizona to contribute and be part of the solution, we decided to launch the State Forty Eight Foundation in 2020. And while our Community Impact efforts were to continue, we wanted to expand our assistance to the entrepreneurs in our great state. As an entrepreneurship-born-and-led organization, we are equipped to understand the needs of the individuals and businesses that make up this sector.

With the support of the State Forty Eight Foundation we hope to achieve prosperity for Arizona, its community members, and local organizations.

View State Forty Eight 2019 Community Impact Report

View State Forty Eight 2020 Community Impact Report

STATE FORTY EIGHT FOUNDATION 2022 ENTREPRENEUR SPEAKER SERIES

What an incredible second year for our Entrepreneur Speaker Series hosted at Walter Studios! This year’s series provided an opportunity for more than 300 Arizona entrepreneurs to learn, connect, and grow. And, thanks to the support from our community and partners like Ogeez!, we are awarding $25,000 in small business grants to a handful of attendees.

Missed this year’s series? You can watch the session trailers or full session recordings.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Valley Entrepreneur Panel & Meetup

03/29/2023

6pm

Expansive Midtown Phoenix - 2828 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Third Annual Poker Tournament Fundraiser

06/30/2023

6:00pm

Earnhardt Lexus - 800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

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You can directly donate to the State Forty Eight Foundation or any of our active fundraising campaigns with our charity partners by clicking the donation button below.

Who We Are

Having been born and raised in Chandler, Alyssa is passionate about giving back to the Arizona community and supporting local businesses. She has been with the State Forty Eight Foundation since day 1, having helped shape and build the organization to where it is today with the support of her amazing Board, committee members and local partners.  She brings a diverse background from her years of studying, traveling, and living abroad, including running an environmental nonprofit in Australia for a few years. Alyssa holds a deep sense of wonder and awe for all things wild, and in her free time she loves to hike, climb, snowboard and explore nature in every way.

Alyssa Moore

Executive Director

Janice is head of Public Relations and Community Outreach for State
Forty Eight and has been with the company since its inception in 2013. A Tucson, Arizona native with a deep love for the desert and its people is what motivates her work. As a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, Janice brings over a decade of experience in writing, media relations and communications strategy. Through the years, she’s worked across array of industries and most recently has delved into the world of foundations, believing that to better our communities, we must invest in them. When she’s not behind her computer, Janice is enjoying the great outdoors or working one-on-one with women as a certified holistic health coach.

Janice Vega

Director of Communications

Mike Spangenberg was born and raised in Chandler, Arizona and is the CEO & Co-founder of lifestyle and apparel brand, State Forty Eight. Before devoting himself to his company, Mike spent 15 years in the hotel and hospitality industry. But fashion has always been in his bones. In fact, when he was younger, his favorite thing to do was to go back-to-school shopping. As an Arizona native, Mike loves everything there is about his home state, so creating a company that allows him to do something he is passionate about all while giving back and being involved in the community he grew up in, has been a dream come true.

Mike Spangenberg

Chair of the Board

Zach is a Phoenix, AZ native, growing up in the west valley neighborhood of Maryvale. A Phoenix College and ASU Grad, he spent 12+ years working for our valley sports teams. Zach is now the Director of Business Development for AvAir in Chandler, AZ. His passion and enthusiasm is second to none and looks forward to the impact that the State Forty Eight Foundation is going to have.

Zach Hall

President/Board Member

Nicholas Polando is Co-Founder and Creative Director of State Forty Eight. As a film school dropout turned self-taught graphic designer, Nicholas has gained his artistic skillset as the company has grown and matured. As a lover and admirer of the outdoors, he pulls much of his inspiration from activities such as hiking through the Grand Canyon and kayaking across Lake Powell. It was the beauty of Arizona that originally inspired his graphic design work, and continues to influence the brand. As State Forty Eight has grown, it’s the community of people, working with large and small local companies, and seeing the state continually prosper, that inspires him to give back to the community that has allowed him to achieve his artistic aspirations.

Nicholas Polando

Board Member

A California transplant and ASU grad, Sarah Amaral is passionate about healthy fitness habits, corgis, and helping others in her community. As a Development Officer for Junior Achievement, she has helped raise over 6 million dollars to help children across the state learn critical life skills. She carries this passion for others and her zest for living throughout all facets of her life. She is active in a variety of charities and believes in making a difference. She is very excited to see how she can help the State Forty Eight Foundation build and advance the community and people of Arizona!

Sarah Amaral

Board Member

Living in Arizona for 27 years has made Tyler passionate about all things Arizona.  State Forty Eight’s brand and mission have always aligned with his beliefs and attitude about this great state.  With a passion for sports, entrepreneurship and philanthropy, this foundation was a great fit.

After graduating from Arizona State University, he founded The Devil’s Brigade, an organization with a mission of supporting ASU’s athletic programs. It has grown into the Sun Devil Club Young Professionals, and still exists with the same mission.

Tyler believes that showing you care and being passionate whether it be about your family, your work, your local teams or your core beliefs, is the only way to live a fruitful life.

Tyler Sublette

Board Member

Originally from southern CA, Michelle is a proud Sun Devil with 20 years in the service, sales, marketing, and fundraising realms. She’s worked with startups and multinational agencies to implement creative initiatives without sacrificing an exceptional client experience and, as a true believer in servant leadership, she celebrates the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships throughout the community.

A mainstay in Michelle’s life is volunteering and fundraising for incredible causes around the Valley, but in her down time she’s likely eating Mexican food, watching some sort of sporting event, petting dogs, or enjoying live music (preferably outdoors).

Michelle Mcqueen

Board Member

A Chicago transplant that has made Arizona home for him & family.  Tim Regan is all about building community in everything he does.  He is Mortgage Advisor by trade and has spent 20 years in mortgage industry.  He originally partnered with State Forty Eight with a T-Shirt Collab to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Tim has made it clear that he wants his legacy of being a leader in the community outlast him.  As a member of the Board with State Forty Eight Foundation, Tim will play a huge role with our fundraising efforts. 

Tim Regan

Board Member

Noah is a visionary in the unmanned aerial systems industry. With a mission to revolutionize the way infrastructure inspections are conducted, he has created innovative and technologically advanced UAS applications. This has led to the founding of Soaring Eagle Technologies, a company providing cutting-edge inspection and mapping services for electrical utilities, civil engineering, and survey firms nationwide.

Noah is passionate about supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses. He believes that finding one's purpose and using it to make a positive impact on the world is one of life's greatest gifts. He is committed to local living, buying, building, and supporting as a way of giving back to the community and country.

Noah is proud to be a part of a community of individuals who are dedicated to making the world a better place. He believes that by supporting one another and working together, a brighter future can be created for all.

Noah Ruiz

Board Member

Amber Cordoba is the Director of Business Education and Consulting Services for Prestamos, CDFI a division of Chicanos por la Causa. She brings over 20 years experience supporting small businesses from startup through succession. She is an avid entrepreneur and dedicates herself to helping improve entrepreneurial resource systems so they become more inclusive and effective for everyone.  

Amber is strongly rooted in Arizona as a Phoenix native born and raised in the Metro Phoenix area. In her "spare" time, Amber is a mom, a PADI Dive Instructor, serves on three boards, and is a Treasurer/Campaign Finance Compliance Officer who loves to travel around the world scuba diving and experiencing the beauty of diverse cultures around the globe.

Amber Cordoba

Board Member

Katie Thorson Wasson was born and raised in Minnesota, and received her Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. After the polar vortex of 2014 and a month-long backpacking trip through Europe with a friend, Katie made the move to Arizona where she began her career in nonprofit. Starting in program coordination, Katie moved quickly into Volunteer Management, then into fundraising. She ended her nonprofit career at St. Joseph the Worker, raising millions of dollars in grants and exceeding other fundraising goals in the process with a great team. After eight years in the nonprofit sector, Katie made the move to Virtuous Software in 2022, the fundraising technology she used and loved! She now introduces the forward-thinking technology to other missions around the United States and world. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her son, Jack, and husband, Garrett, and is an avid lover of thrifting, makeup/skin care, and spooky shows, movies and podcasts.

Katie Wasson

Board Member

Originally born and raised in New York, Kyle has made Arizona his home for the last 20 years. With his professional experience ranging across professional sports, events, marketing for some major US and Global brands, and his own marketing agency, Kyle’s passion for aligning relationships and elevating businesses has drawn him to the foundation to help build on the great momentum that has already started.

Kyle actively fundraises for charity throughout the valley and is passionate about giving back to the community. During the little down time he does have, Kyle enjoys staying active, exploring the outdoors, any and all sporting events, and most importantly time with his family.

Kyle Jennings

Board Member

Jason Byers, an Arizona native and alumni of Arizona State University, has worked in the beverage industry for 17+ years and is currently the VP of Marketing at Hensley Beverage Company. He is a devoted local sports fan, enjoys attending the many events AZ has to offer, and spending time with his family.

Jason feels blessed to have the ability to work with the State Forty Eight Foundation as their mission aligns with his, and he looks forward to the opportunity to do more for this amazing community.

Jason Byers

Board Member

Bernard is the founder and managing attorney of Bernard Justice Johnsen Law, PLLC.  While Bernard originates from Indiana, he has lived in Arizona for over twenty-five years and considers it his home.  Bernard enjoys spending time camping and hiking with his family in the many different landscapes Arizona provides.  As a small business owner, he understands the difficulties of starting a business from the ground up and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs thrive in our community.

Bernard Johnsen

Board Member

Shannon Breen is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FreightVana, a differentiated Logistics startup founded on the guiding principles of trust and transparency, headquartered in Phoenix, AZ.  Shannon moved to Chandler in 1990, attended Arizona State University, and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Finance. As an avid entrepreneur Shannon experienced setbacks and failed ventures in his twenties, before joining the Transportation industry in the 2012. As an avid golfer, competitor, husband, and father of five he’s excited to make a positive impact through the State Forty Eight Foundation by shepherding the next wave of community leaders and local entrepreneurs through its various outlets, teaching events, and donations.

Shannon Breen

Board Member

Dominic Orozco started his career in the gaming and entertainment industry almost 20 years ago. It was then that he discovered his passion for the fast-paced gaming industry and dedicated his career to working up the ranks to his current position as Gila River Resorts & Casinos’ President and Chief Marketing Officer. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2005 with a degree in business administration and then went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in marketing from University of Phoenix.

Beyond his work, Dominic serves on the board of Mentor Kids USA, leads Arizona Warriors Outreach and is also a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Executive Council.

Dominic Orozco

Board Member

Alec is a fourth generation Arizonan from the border community of Nogales, Arizona. He joined LAVIDGE marketing agency in 2021 as Multicultural + Public Service Marketing Director after over a decade in public service and advocacy. Alec is alumnus of Arizona State University, Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree, AZ Capitol Times Under 40 honoree, Flinn Brown Fellow, and actively volunteers with a variety of non-profit organizations.

Alec Thompson

Board Member

Alycia Elfstrom has 10 years of fundraising, advocacy, and public relations experience with a variety of cross-sector organizations including the Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus-Pine Council (GSACPC), the Peace Corps, and Mosaic in Arizona.  

She is the Director of Advancement at GSACPC. Her technical work involves creating a robust philanthropic giving program that supports the operations of the organization which serves 12,000 girls and 6,000 volunteers across 2/3rds of Arizona. But her real job is to help people see the value of girls and encourage them to make an investment in bright young leaders. 

In her free time Alycia enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, reading the latest paperback from the new release table at Barnes and Noble, and attending pilates class.

Alycia Elfstrom

Board Member

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