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Presented by First Bank, Arizona Gives Day is a 24-hour online initiative encouraging Arizonans to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits from all over the state. Continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice.

“After seeing the success of this type of online giving initiative in other states, we are excited to host Arizona Gives Day on March 20,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.  “We hope to have as many as 20,000 Arizonans support our nonprofit community today, raising millions of dollars for these worthwhile organizations.”

Leading up to the initiative, the Alliance and AGF representatives hosted informational meetings across the state with nonprofit organizations, leading 850 to register to be a recipient of the Arizona Gives Day effort.  Any 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization in Arizona was eligible to participate in the program.  In addition, FirstBank committed $150,000 in incentive funding, which will be shared with the nonprofits that meet certain milestones throughout the 24-hour period.  Such things as most donors in an hour, most donors overall, etc. will net out the given nonprofit additional funding from the campaign.

Arizona Gives Day has 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

According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the impact of individual donors on the state’s many nonprofit organizations will be felt for years to come. “These much-needed funds will help organizations change lives, build leaders and champion so many good causes.”

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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