The Center for Sustainable Health was established through the generous funding of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Funding for the establishment of the Partnership for Personalized Medicine was also provided by the Flinn Foundation.

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust is a private independent foundation honoring the philanthropic legacy of Virginia Galvin Piper, the widow of Paul V. Galvin, founder of Motorola. Following her death in 1999, Piper Trust received nearly $600 million from her estate and became the largest foundation in Arizona and one of the 100 largest foundations in the nation. The Trust was established to enhance and strengthen the quality of life for the people in Maricopa County, the fastest growing county in the nation, and location of Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States. The Trust’s strategic grant making focuses on six areas: healthcare and medical research, children, older adults, arts and culture, education and religious organizations. Since 1999, the Trust has awarded almost $270 million (as of June 30, 2011) to nonprofits honoring Virginia Piper’s philanthropic interests.

The Trust works side by side with nonprofit and community partners openly and collaboratively. By investing in nonprofits and encouraging strategic planning for the future, the Trust strives to make Maricopa County – a region that includes Phoenix and is home to nearly 4 million people – a stronger, healthier and more sustainable community.


In addition, funding for Sustainable Health projects and the Forum has been provided by industry partners such as GE Healthcare.