Alison J. Rapping is a consultant serving nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. She provides services in the areas of nonprofit capacity building and organizational effectiveness, fundraising and resource development and facilitation of community initiatives. She serves as both a consultant and facilitator. A recognized leader in the non-profit community, she brings more than 18 years non-profit experience to her role. She has been is responsible for providing the strategic direction for organizations, managing an extensive volunteer structure including the Board of Directors, and creating fund raising plans and raising the resources to support year-round programs and activities.
Alison has worked extensively in the nonprofit and community development sectors. She has been the Executive Director of Valley Leadership, the Executive Director of VisionQuest 20/20 and CEO of the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits, where she oversaw the successful launch of this new statewide organization focused on promoting, supporting and serving Arizona’s nonprofit community. She invested 11 years of her professional career with Hands on Greater Phoenix, (formally Make A Difference), a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing volunteers and developing and managing innovative community programs. While at Hands on Greater Phoenix, she facilitated the growth of the organization from a very small start up to a $1.1 million organization offering a wide-range of programs and services.
She currently serves as a consultant to the Southern Public Defender Training Center (located in Atlanta, GA), serves on the Leadership Team of the Maricopa County Experience Matters Consortium and as a national member of the Board of Directors of VisionQuest 20/20. In 2005 and 2006, on behalf of Hands on Network, Alison 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. 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 served as the Vice Chair for the City of Phoenix Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods, been a member of the City of Phoenix Bond Committee, Chair of the City of Phoenix CDGB review panel, and served on the Board of Directors for Hands On Network. She was named one of the inaugural members The Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ emerging leaders in 2002 and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XX. Alison is also a graduate of the Community Driven Institute. Ms. Rapping received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Passions include community building, inspiring people, vision, Yinyasa Flow Yoga (certified yoga teacher; continuous student), waterskiing, Africa (and special love for the people of Zimbabwe), Steeler Football, bookstores, music, enjoying the company of children, dogs (have 3 — Bentley, an 11 month Cocker Spaniel, Bitson, a mixed white ball of fluff and Madison, a 12 year old Golden Retriever — They make me laugh and keep me active!)
- Certified – Yoga Teacher, Norasa Yoga Institute, Costa Rica
- Certified – Emergenetics: Moving Thinking Forward, Associate and Trainer, Denver, CO
- Certified – Graduate of the Creating the Future Institute, Consultant and Trainer, Tucson, AZ