Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum award $179,500 to “Arizona Gives Day” winners

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits (Alliance) and Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) awarded $179,500 in prizes to 40 nonprofits who participated in Arizona Gives Day at a reception on May 2.

Thanks to a financial commitment from title sponsor, FirstBank, and other incentive-prize sponsors, Arizona Gives Day encouraged competitions among nonprofits. Throughout the course of the day nonprofits engaged audiences to come out on top in 5 unique categories to receive additional funding.

The top winner in each category was recognized at a reception on May 2, and remarked on their strategies for success. These winners are:

•         Ben’s Bells Project (Most Donors Overall)

•         Watershed Management Group (Most Dollars Overall)

•         Dreamchaser PMU Horse Rescue & Rehab (Most Donors, Small Nonprofit)

•         Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary (Most Donors, Rural Nonprofit)

•         Arizona Autism United (Most Donors, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Member)

Ben’s Bell’s Project was presented the top prize of $20,000 for engaging 441 unique donors on Arizona Gives Day.

“We were thrilled that the organization that won was a smaller organization. A lot of people say its all the big organizations that get all the accolades and prizes,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “Ben’s Bells

Project is a grassroots organization that has a tremendous impact in the community. We couldn’t be more proud of their success.”

The reception also celebrated the accomplishments of this inaugural 24-hour online initiative encouraging residents to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits on March 20, 2013. Arizona Gives Day was successful in raising $928,541 for the more than 800 registered organizations statewide. In total, 8584 unique donors took the time to make 11,074 total donations.

On the heels of this success, the Alliance and AGF also officially announced their renewed partnership in presenting Arizona Gives Day 2014.

“It is our hope and our vision that this be an annual event that grows bigger every year,” said Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. “In other communities, they have raised tens of millions of dollars on their Giving Days and that is where we certainly believe we are headed in Arizona.”  

About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits:
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide nonprofit membership association of, by and for Arizona’s nonprofits with a mission to enhance the well-being of the people and communities in the state by serving, supporting, protecting and promoting Arizona’s nonprofit sector.  For more information, visit

About Arizona Grantmakers Forum:
Arizona Grantmakers Forum AGF is a regional association that provides educational resources, research and networking opportunities for grantmakers in Arizona. Member organizations make financial grants to non-profit 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. To learn more, visit

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at Oct 30, 2014

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