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Center for the Future of Arizona (CFA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state. Born from a love for Arizona and a desire to help our state succeed, we invest all of our time and resources into the state and its people. We listen to Arizonans to learn what matters most to them, share trusted data about how Arizona is doing in those priority areas, bring critical issues to public attention, and work with communities and leaders to solve public problems.

We work across the full spectrum of important issues areas and have deep and ongoing engagement in the areas of education, workforce development, and civic health, recognizing how essential these are to a bright and prosperous future for our state.

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Working to create a stronger and brighter future for Arizona

Learn how the Center for the Future of Arizona brings Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state.

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Our mission

Bringing Arizonans together to create a stronger and brighter future for our state. 

Our vision

Achieve The Arizona We Want, where all Arizonans, now and in the future, thrive and enjoy sustained prosperity, unmatched quality of life, and real opportunity. 

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Our values

  • Equity: We believe our state will thrive when all Arizonans do. We strive for a prosperous Arizona where all people have equitable access to opportunities and resources to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating equitable outcomes in all we do.
  • Inclusion: We value, seek out, and embrace diversity of experience, background and thought. We recognize the humanity and inherent value of each person. We endeavor to create spaces in which everyone is respected and can be their whole and authentic selves.
  • Guided by What Matters to Arizonans: We listen to what matters most to Arizonans. We are inspired by their lived experiences, voices, and values. We work on behalf of all Arizonans to realize our shared public values.
  • Collaboration: It will take all of us working together to create the Arizona we want. We build trusting relationships and approach our work with a spirit of collaboration. We respect that communities know and understand best what they need and make space for them to lead.
  • Impact: We strive to go beyond good intentions to achieve measurable outcomes. We are committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of Arizonans and the systems that impact them. 
  • Innovation: We actively seek new approaches to long-standing challenges. This work is complex, so we will continue to take risks, learn with humility, and adapt.
  • Joy in the Journey: We are proud to be Arizonans and believe in our state. We approach the future with optimism and joy and seek to share that with others. We are clear-eyed about our challenges while celebrating successes along the way.

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