First-Ever Arizona Gives Day Raises $928,541 in 24 Hours for Statewide Nonprofits

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The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum are pleased to announce that the first-ever Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online initiative encouraging residents to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits, raised $928,541 for the more than 800 registered organizations statewide. In total, 8,584 unique donors took the time to make 11,074 total donations in support of this inaugural initiative.

"We are so proud of the support that was shown by members of our Arizona community on March 20," said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. "Whether they had a favorite cause or not, Arizonans rose up and explored the many missions of our participating nonprofits and helped show our state’s unparalleled generosity to the world."

Thanks to a financial commitment from title sponsor, FirstBank, and other incentive-prize sponsors, Arizona Gives Day encouraged competitions throughout the course of the day that allowed nonprofits, who reached certain milestones – to receive additional funding. Those winning these incentive contests were gifted prizes from $1,000 to $20,000 in immediate additional funds.

The winners will be verified and will receive their incentive prizes within the next 60 days.

Arizona Gives Day received additional financial support from a variety of organizations throughout the state including:


·         Arizona Community Foundation

·         BHHS Legacy Foundation

·         Chauncey Family Foundation

·         Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

·         Cox Communications

·         Delta Dental of Arizona

·         FirstBank

·         Flinn Foundation

·         Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation

·         Hickey Family Foundation

·         Intel

·         Lodestar Foundation

·         Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

·         St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

·         SCF Arizona

·         The Thunderbirds

·         Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust


"The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their causes," said Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. "Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need."

Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the "flash-mob type" movement into their own states.

Inspired by its own inaugural success, the 2014 Arizona Gives Day is already entering into the planning stage with a date to be announced soon.

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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