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Rose and Harry Papp

When Harry Papp was introduced to Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and its programs by Dan Coleman and Gregg Wells, two of its board of directors, he quickly recognized the need to expand its programs and help as many people as possible—and he wanted to be part of the solution.

“For families the diagnosis is difficult, but with more services, children and adults who live in Phoenix and throughout Arizona have a good shot at great outcomes,” he says. “The vision for 2030, to replicate statewide while expanding programs and services [is important]. Building on that success, it would be amazing if SARRC could then replicate that throughout the nation.”

To help SARRC reach that goal, Harry and his wife, Rose, decided to join SARRC’s Legacy Circle, making a planned gift to support SARRC’s programs, services, and research for years to come.

For them, recognizing good investments is something they are very well-versed in. The two moved to the Valley 37 years ago to join Harry’s father in his investment firm, L Roy Papp & Associates.

“I make investments in really good companies for my clients, and SARRC is a good non-profit that is well-managed and making an impact in our community,” Harry explains.

In addition to being involved with SARRC, Rose is a board member for the Phoenix Art Museum and a board member emeritus for the Desert Botanical Garden, where Harry is also on the Planned Giving Committee. Harry is also a director/trustee and immediate past chair for the Phoenix Zoo, as well as on the ASU Foundation board of directors and a trustee for the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Both are supporters of the 5 Arts Circle, where Harry is the current president/treasurer.

“Arizona as a state is still in its youth, and it is a place where even people who aren’t billionaires can make a difference. A legacy gift here in our community is an investment that will make a real impact. Three hundred years ago, endowments were started in Boston and other major cities, [and now] their arts and other community organizations are all well-endowed. I’m a proud legacy giver—the future of our community depends on those with a vision to leave behind gifts that will sustain us long into the next century,” says Harry.

If you would like to learn more about becoming a Legacy Circle member and ensuring the continued vitality and growth of SARRC’s services from one generation to the next, please contact Beth Salazar at [email protected] or 602-340-8717, ext. 1039.