Helaine Levy is the Executive Director of Diamond Family Philanthropies, focusing on providing philanthropic support to Tucson’s non-profit organizations. Previously, Helaine served as President and part-owner of Old Tucson Studios, rising from a position in marketing. Helaine currently sits on a number of boards, including the University of Arizona Foundation and chairing the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona’s Advisory Council.
Helaine believes that SVP Tucson fills a gap by engaging philanthropists towards a common goal to provide more effective investment and support for Tucson’s non-profits, while also providing educational opportunities for its partners. It was for this reason that in 2006 Helaine and her husband, Steve Alley, began work to bring the SVP model to Tucson, with SVP Tucson being established two years later. What excited Helaine about the model was its non-static state, allowing the ability to be flexible and adaptive to the needs of the community. Throughout her time with SVP, Helaine truly values the social interactions with other Partners and the non-profit investees, and the learning that these interactions have provided.
Coming from a very philanthropic family, Helaine began volunteering at a very young age, nurturing a passion for philanthropy that has carried forward into her personal and professional career. When not engaging in philanthropic work, Helaine loves nothing more than spending time with her family, ideally, travelling to her vacation home in Utah. A self-announced female ‘Jock’, Helaine loves to stay active in whatever way possible, whether it be Zumba, Pilates, or getting out into nature by hiking or hitting the slopes on her skis. Helaine also enjoys the company of good friends, some of whom she has known since her Tucson elementary school days, making no weekend complete without a good dose of socializing.
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