EARLY GIVING FOR ARIZONA GIVES DAY BEGINS MARCH 17
Special Emergency Relief Fund Created; Registration Re-Opened for Nonprofits That Needed to Cancel Fundraisers
PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 16, 2020): Early giving begins this week for donors participating in the eighth annual Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour statewide online fundraising event scheduled on Tuesday, April 7. In addition, registration for this year’s event has been re-opened for nonprofit organizations that had to cancel fundraisers because of concerns about the coronavirus. Registration deadline is Friday, March 27.
Donors also will have the option to increase donations to support an Emergency Relief Fund to assist nonprofits having to cancel critical fundraising events amid COVID-19 health concerns.
Starting Tuesday, March 17, donors can make early donations by visiting the Arizona Gives Day website at www.AzGives.org and donate immediately by selecting the “Today” button at checkout. If donors prefer to donate during a specific block of time on Arizona Gives Day to help a nonprofit win a Power Hour an earn additional funds from the prize pool, they will need to donate on April 7 during the appropriate time.
There are two ways to donate to the Emergency Relief Fund: as an add-on at checkout or by visiting www.azgivesaz.org/aznonprofits to make a direct donation to the relief fund.
“Our local nonprofit community is already reporting significant losses, decreases in staff and volunteer capacity and will likely see an increase in demand for services,” said Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits CEO Kristen Merrifield. “All Emergency Relief Fund donations will be distributed evenly among all Arizona Gives participating organization.”
The public also can support and champion their favorite nonprofit by creating their own fundraising page. Simply to go the specific organization’s profile page at www.AzGives.org and click on “Create A Fundraiser” to get started.
Arizona Gives Day, an annual online giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving, is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.
FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” is the Presenting Sponsor.
Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all.
“The beauty of Arizona Gives Day is that it shows what is possible when we all invest our time, talents and treasures to truly lift the tide of all nonprofits that participate,” Merrifield said.
Since 2013, Arizona Gives Day has raised $17 million for Arizona nonprofits, including a record $3.6 million raised in 2019.
In addition to funds raised through donations on Arizona Gives Day, nonprofits can win additional prize money from a $180,000 prize pool. Additional funds are distributed based on certain categories from random drawings and through Power Hours to total dollars raised during the 24-hour period.
So far, nearly 780 Arizona nonprofits have registered and been certified to participate in Arizona Gives Day.
For interested donors, AzGives.org offers an advanced search filter to find nonprofits by specific criteria, area of focus, and which donations may qualify as an Arizona tax credit. Donors also can create an account to pre-schedule donations or can check out as a guest, set up recurring donations, and make changes to their giving throughout the year.
“We want to make giving as easy as possible,” Merrifield said.
AZGives.org provides a toolkit and templates for participating nonprofits to assist in outreach through social media, email, and news releases. It also offers training videos, promotional graphics, logos, best-practices guides, and successful fundraising strategies used by other nonprofits.
For more information, visit www.azgives.org.
Contacts: • Jennifer Purcell, firstname.lastname@example.org, (602) 279-9166 • Kate Crowley, Crowley Communications, (480) 277-4178 • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040
About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org, or email email@example.com.
About FirstBank: FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $19 billion in assets and operates more than 115 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing more than $65 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving all employees a financial stake in the bank’s success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. For more information, visit www.efirstbank.com.
About the Arizona Grantmakers Forum: Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy. Its mission is to empower members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy. Member organizations make financial grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state and represent the interests of private foundations, trusts, endowed community foundations, corporations, government agencies and individuals with organized charitable gift programs. About FirstBank: FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $18 billion in assets and operates more than 115 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing more than $60 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, visit www.efirstbank.com.
GIVING IS NOT JUST ABOUT MAKING A DONATION. IT IS ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
Arizona Gives Day is an annual giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving. The event helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all.
• Arizona Gives Day has raised more than $17 million for Arizona nonprofits since 2013.
• Though Arizona Gives Day only happens once a year, Arizona Gives (AZGives.org) is available for year-round giving.
• Annually, Arizona nonprofits have an economic impact of $22.4 billion, more than 8 percent of Arizona’s gross state product.
• Arizona Gives Day won PHOENIX magazine’s 2016 Best of the Valley: Best Way to Invest in Arizona
Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online giving campaign on April 7, 2020 to celebrate philanthropy by benefiting local 501c3 nonprofit agencies serving communities across Arizona. Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has raised more than $17 million for nonprofit organizations to use since 2013. In 2019, $3.6 million was donated.
PHOENIX magazine is proud to support Arizona Gives Day and Arizona nonprofits by raising awareness about the critical role they play. Arizona Gives Day helps people find, learn about and contribute to the causes they believe in while enabling Arizona nonprofits to share their stories and engage the community though a unique online giving platform at azgives.org.
While giving generously is important every year, it is particularly vital this year. As the result of new tax laws, nonprofit organizations are experiencing a downward trend in donations. The laws remove the financial incentive for some people to donate because standard deductions have been doubled, significantly reducing the need to itemize tax returns. That means many people who would normally donate to a charity and receive a deduction may choose not to make a contribution at all for the first time this year.
A report by the Seidman Research Institute at the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University estimates that charitable giving could decline in our state by $272.7 million annually following introduction of the Tax Cuts and Job Act (TCJA) and could lead to a loss of more than 10,000 jobs.
THAT’S WHERE YOU COME IN.
Arizona nonprofits make a difference every day. Every single donated dollar helps struggling men, women and children who benefit from services, resources and advocacy that social service agencies provide. Donations also impact our quality of life through programs, exhibits, shows and educational opportunities offered by arts and cultural organizations. These examples only scratch the surface of the good work being done across the state.
At the same time, a recent study found that the state’s nonprofit sector contributes nearly $22.4 billion to Arizona’s economy each year and employs more than 324,000 people, generating at least $2.1 billion in payroll, annual sales and property taxes.
We invite you to read this special section to learn more about the charities that help our vibrant state thrive. Select a nonprofit that speaks to you at azgives.org and make a donation on April 7th.
Arizona Association of Conservation Districts
7467 E. Broadway Blvd. | Tucson
Through the AACD, Arizona’s Natural Resource Conservation Districts have been at the forefront of conserving Arizona’s natural resources since 1944. Our works promote the conservation of Arizona’s water ways, wildlife corridors, open spaces and food supply, while providing education, community outreach, and other essential functions in conservation across the state.
Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona
5025 E. Washington St. Ste. 108 | Phoenix, AZ 85034
Statewide Neuro Info-Line: 888-500-9165
To learn more, please visit biaaz.org
Announcing the Brain Health Resource Center
Mission Statement – The Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona (BIAAZ) is the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with all types of brain injuries through prevention, advocacy, awareness, and education. BIAAZ also houses the Arizona Brain Health Resource Center, a collection of educational information and neuro-specific resources for brain injury survivors, caregivers, family members, and professionals. What began in 1983 as a grassroots effort has grown into a strong statewide presence, providing valuable life-long resources and community support for individuals with all types of brain trauma at no charge.
Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation
201 N. Central Ave., Ste. 2700 | Phoenix
The Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation leads the charitable and education objectives of the Greater Phoenix Chamber and promotes economic prosperity and quality of life for the Greater Phoenix region. The Foundation’s charitable activities focus on community development, improving health and prosperity for the region. The Foundation improves health and prosperity for the region. Wellness AtoZ makes the Greater Phoenix region known as a destination for healthy talent and a healthy community by partnering with businesses across the state to ensure the health and wellbeing of their employees. Workforce development efforts serve as a link between industry and education, ensuring that students in the Greater Phoenix region have access to a high-quality, affordable education, and related job training to prepare them for the future. Your donation to the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation will help build a stronger workforce and a healthier community!
Hopi Education Endowment Fund
PO Box 605 | Kykotsmovi AZ 86039
“Investing in education for the future of Hopi.” The Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) provides scholarship opportunities and educational grants to assist sinom (people) of the Hopi Tribe to earn college degrees and create educational programming that is vital to the development of the Tribe. Since 2000, HEEF has helped students earn over 450 bachelors, masters, PhD, and other professional degrees. Students that receive HEEF funding, attend colleges and universities all over the United States. “Scholarships have been vital in my first year in college, it has covered tuition, with some money left to help pay for housing” – Veronica Casuse, 1st year student at Paradise Valley Community College.
The community educational grants have assisted in areas such as:
∙ Hopi language reacquisition
∙ Traditional farming education
∙ Leadership development
∙ Youth/elderly programs
November 20, 2020 is our 20th year anniversary. Help celebrate this monumental milestone by joining us for our 20th year anniversary celebration at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff on November 21st, 2020. Consider helping us in making educational dreams become a reality.
North Country HealthCare
Primary care for the whole family
North Country HealthCare provides affordable and accessible healthcare to all regardless of their ability to pay. Together we can make a difference in the lives of our patients and build a healthier future for our rural communities. Because living in rural northern Arizona shouldn’t mean it’s hard to get good healthcare.