STATE FORTY EIGHT FOUNDATION
To drive local innovation and inspire community action through the
support and empowerment of Arizona entrepreneurs and nonprofit
We fulfill our mission through our four pillars:
- Creating Meaningful Partnerships
- Activating Our Community
- Supporting and Empowering Our Youth
- Fostering the Entrepreneurial Spirit
To foster a vibrant and prosperous Arizona that puts local business and community enrichment at the forefront.
What We Do
Our Community Impact 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 neighborhoods.
Through our entrepreneurship programming and activations, our goal is to support Arizona’s startup community and propel business growth. We offer free or accessible education and access to tools and resources as well as provide individuals and small businesses with grant funding. Current programming includes the Entrepreneur Speaker Series, a high-level guide for starting a business or taking your venture to the next level.
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.
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Startup grant funding awarded
Raised for charities
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
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.
Who We Are
Alyssa has worked and volunteered in the nonprofit space most of her
adult life and is passionate about giving back to the community that she grew up in and that raised her to thrive. She brings a diverse background from her years of studying, traveling, and living abroad, some in which were spent running an environmental nonprofit in Australia. Alyssa holds a deep sense of wonder and awe for all things wild, and in her free time, she loves to backpack, climb, free dive, and explore nature in every way. She is excited to serve as a champion for Arizona’s people, communities, and beautiful natural landscapes through her role at the State Forty Eight Foundation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Driven. Self-motivated. Professional. I always await the opportunity to demonstrate my potential with a “get things done spirit!” With a passion for volunteering and helping in the community I make sure to create an impact on any projects involved in. Love the opportunity to advance the cause of others!
Doug is a multi-hyphenate creative living and working in downtown Phoenix. His experience ranges from event promotion, to documentary storytelling for international non-profit organizations, to brand building for local and small businesses.
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.
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).
Born and raised in Arizona. Tyson enjoys anything outdoors with his family and is a longtime fan of all Arizona sports teams. He is a Sundevil having graduated from ASU in Communications. Tyson is the Vice President of External Affairs for United Food Bank. He loves to have a good time, but derives fulfillment from volunteering with local organizations. He is looking forward to serving on the State Forty Eight Foundation and helping them thrive in supporting young entrepreneurs and local businesses.
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