Influential Valley nonprofit leader will assist organization’s charitable efforts
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Fiesta Bowl organization has brought in one of Arizona’s most influential nonprofit leaders to assist with its Fiesta Bowl Charities endeavors, as Chuck Warshaver joins as business development executive.
Warshaver will connect with companies, other nonprofit organizations and donors to expand their relationships with Fiesta Bowl Charities through sponsorships, donations and strategic partnerships. A key focus for Warshaver is to continually enhance the Wishes for Teachers program that last year provided $5,000 grants to nearly 150 Arizona teachers. The goal for 2018-19 is to donate in excess of $1 million to Arizona teachers.
“Chuck is well-connected and a respected leader in Arizona, who lives by our Fiesta Bowl values of enhancing lives through community service,” said Mike Nealy, Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. “His combination of business intelligence and the drive to help others will provide a boost in building our charitable efforts to new heights.”
In addition to donating $2.5 million to Arizona nonprofits in 2017-18 and more than $10 million over the last seven years, Fiesta Bowl Charities performs community service through numerous events on a yearlong basis. Whether it’s providing a field or building a playground for a community that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity, delivering a holiday gift experience for underserved children or supplying meals, books and backpacks to those in need, Fiesta Bowl Charities serves through its core pillars of youth, sports and education.
“I’ve been fortunate to experience how Fiesta Bowl Charities makes a meaningful difference in people’s lives, so when the opportunity came to join the organization, I jumped at the chance,” said Warshaver. “Wishes for Teachers is an exemplary program to support educators who are preparing our next generation of leaders for success in life. There is so much good work being done and I’m honored to be a part in helping that continue to grow.”
Warshaver has been an active member in the Arizona nonprofit community since he moved to the state in 2010. He serves on several organizations’ Board of Directors, assists in board member development, is an advisor and consultant, mentors future entrepreneurs, was a Big Brother and served as a coach for Special Olympics Arizona.
In 2012, Playworks recruited Warshaver to become Executive Director of Playworks Arizona after its first year of operations in the state. Warshaver guided the charity – which reduces playground bullying and conflicts and improves school climate through fun, healthy, inclusive games and physical activity – from six schools serving 4,000 students to 65 schools serving 65,000 students. After five years at the helm, he retired from the nonprofit in 2017.
Before moving to Arizona, Warshaver founded Sleep World Products and built the successful mattress manufacturing company to sales of $30 million before selling the company in 2010. His business career also includes serving as president of Serta Northeast and the development and design of multiple unique product lines and product patents, including a successfully negotiated sale of a QVC private label brand.
A member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Warshaver graduated from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
ABOUT THE FIESTA BOWL ORGANIZATION
The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizonans year round, during and outside of bowl season.