This March, every single resident in Arizona (ahem – this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing – give.
“On March 20, all Arizonans will be asked to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.
Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org to support a local nonprofit in their community, or pledge their financial support to one of the hundreds of participating nonprofits across the state. A day dedicated to communities that care, Arizona Gives Day, presented by First Bank, will focus on giving back to the organizations whose invaluable efforts have helped empower communities and provide services, products and more to those in need.
The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. 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. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response during the 24-hour statewide online giving initiative on March 20.
“For as little as $10, nonprofits in Arizona can and do make a difference,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”
According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help the state’s nonprofits:
· Rally volunteers · Change lives · Build leaders · Develop networks · Fight for rights · Create scholarships
· Champion critical community causes
“During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving has declined. This is our chance to bring it back in a big way,” said Theisen.
Nearly 850 nonprofits from every inch of this state are taking part in this effort, including:
· Verde Valley Archaeology Center
· Old Town Mission
· Verde Valley CASA Children's Foundation
· Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity
· Golden Cobra Center of Fitness, Inc.
· Verde Valley Humane Society
· Boys & Girls Club of Northern Arizona
· Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center
· Native Americans for Community Action
· Flagstaff High School KIDS Center
· Museum of Northern Arizona
· Coconino Humane Association
· Diablo Trust
· Northland Family Help Center
· Children's Chorale of Flagstaff
· Inn Transitions, Inc.
· Flagstaff Shelter Services
· Northland Hospice and Palliative Care
· Coconino Community College Foundation
· Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music
· Powell Museum
· Prescott Alternative Transportation
· Prescott Meals on Wheels
· Boys to Men North Central Arizona
· The Artist’s Path, Inc.
· West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation
· Prescott Valley Police Foundation
· Aid to Adoption of Special Kids
· All About Animals Rescue
· All Faith Self Help Center
· Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
· Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter
· American Lung Association in Arizona
· American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter
· Angels on Patrol
· Animal Defense League of Arizona
· Anti-Defamation League, Arizona Region
· Arc of Arizona, Inc.
· Area Agency on Aging, Region One
· Arizona Animal Welfare League & SPCA
· Arizona Autism Coalition
· Arizona Autism United
· Arizona Beagle Rescue
· Arizona Call-A-Teen, Youth Resources Inc.
· Arizona Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
· Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
· Duet: Partners in Health & Aging
· Ear Candy Charity
· Earth Science Museum
· Educare Arizona
· Embracing Human
· Empty Bowl Pet Food Pantry
· Environmental Fund for Arizona
· Episcopal Community Services in Arizona
· Experience Matters
· Foundation for Blind Children
· Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
· Fresh Start Community Services
· Fresh Start Women's Foundation
· Friends of NRA Central Arizona
· Friends of the Orpheum Theatre
· Friends of the Phoenix Public Library
· Gabriel's Angels
· Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
· Girls on the Run
· Gompers Habilitation Center
· Goodwill of Central Arizona
· Hacienda HealthCare
· HALO Animal Rescue
· Healthy LifeStars
· HOBY Arizona
· Homeward Bound
· Hope’s Crossing
· Horizon Community Learning Center
· Johnjay and Rich Care For Kids Foundation
· Literacy Connects
· Live Theatre Workshop
· Living Streets Alliance
· Make Way For Books
· Mini Miracles, Inc.
· Native American Advancement Foundation
· Northern Jaguar Project
· Old Pueblo Community Services
· Our Family Services, Inc.
· Parent Aid Child Abuse Prevention Center
· Pima Community College Foundation
· Pima Council on Aging
· Rebuilding Together Tucson
· Reid Park Zoological Society
· Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Arizona
· Sonora Environmental Research Institute, Inc.
· Sonoran Center for Leadership Development
· Sonoran Institute
· Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
· Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
· Southern Arizona Susan G. Komen
· Teen Challenge of Arizona, Inc.
· The HAPPY Organization, Inc.
· The Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter
· The Loft Cinema
· The Primavera Foundation
· Tucson Audubon Society
· Tucson Botanical Gardens
How to ParticipateGiving is as easy is 1-2-3!1. On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org 2. Click on “Donate”3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away
Whether you give a little or give a lot, every donation will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide.
For more information, please visit www.AZGives.org.