Blythe Sweeney joins Stand for Children Arizona as Development Manager. She comes to Stand with 20 years of fundraising experience working with individual major gift donors and institutional funders through foundation and corporate grants, event marketing sponsorships and cause-marketing campaigns. Blythe has a lifelong passion for supporting K-3 literacy and reading proficiency along with STEM education programs. Recently, she co-launched the Junior Citizen Science Festivals in cooperation with the Arizona SciTech Festivals. Some years ago, Blythe worked closely with the Arizona Department of Education in developing and launching the Plant the Seed. Learn to Read. Literacy Initiative for School Kids and secured $1.3 million in funding to plant 100 literacy innovation school sites throughout Arizona. Blythe is excited to work with so many talented individuals at Stand for Children, dedicated to ensuring all children have equal access to a quality education.