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Get Involved on Arizona Gives Day on April 5

Written by Marilyn Hawkes Category: Culture Issue: April 2016
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Arizona Gives DayOn April 5, you’ll get a chance to “invest in Arizona” by giving to any of the 800 nonprofit organizations participating in Arizona Gives Day, hosted by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank. Since its founding in 2013, Arizona Gives Day has raised close to $4.5 million for Arizona nonprofits.

The statewide fundraising effort helps both large and small organizations that benefit animals, children and youth, economic development, the environment, religions and faith-based organizations, international and foreign affairs, arts culture and humanities, community building, education, health services and science and technology.

Last year on Arizona Gives Day, Arizona nonprofits raised more than $2 million through the generosity of 17,260 donors. The average donation: $86. According to the Arizona Gives Day website, 78 percent of donors reported that having a day set aside for giving prompted them to donate.

Kaylie Marsh, executive director of Camp Swift Youth Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides educational and leadership opportunities for underprivileged youth, says Arizona Gives Day is not only an opportunity to raise much needed funds for programming, but it also gives her teen volunteers a lessons about giving and fundraising.

Individual teens have set up their own fundraising pages and have a healthy competition among themselves to see who can raise the most money, Marsh says. “Our goal is $20,000.” The money raised will help fund after-school programming and send inner city children to summer camp.

For more information, visit campswift.org.

Another local nonprofit, Lost Dogs Arizona, is participating in Arizona Gives Day for the first time, according to Cindy Goetz, president of the organization that helps lost dogs get home to their families.

Lost Dogs Arizona hopes to raise $5,000 on Arizona Gives Day to purchase equipment, including microchip scanners and cameras. They can also use funds to attend pet expos and adopt-a-thons “to get the word out about us,” Goetz says. “Our mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by getting dogs that are in shelters who have owners looking for them back to their owners.”

Visit lostdogsarizona.org.

To make a donation to any of the 800 participating organizations, visit azgives.org.