Early Giving Has Already Generated More Than $400,000
More than 1,030 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations have registered for the 24-hour online fundraising event, Arizona Gives Day, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, April 6.
In 2020, Arizona Gives Day raised $6.1 million to bring the total raised to $23 million since 2013.
“Last year’s Arizona Gives Day was a remarkable success in an incredibly uncertain environment. This year’s event is even more critical for nonprofit organizations of every size in every community facing severe financial challenges in their ability to continue providing services and resources to their communities,” said Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit CEO Kristen Merrifield. “Our local nonprofit community is reporting significant losses over the past year. Our most-recent survey showed the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic with over 400 Arizona nonprofits reporting a total revenue loss of more than $91 million and an increase of over $15 million in expenses primarily for PPE, supplies and technology.”
Arizona Gives Day is managed by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits in collaboration with 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’s annual online giving movement unites nonprofits to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving.
Early giving, which began March 16, already has generated nearly $420,000 (as of today) for the 1,030 registered nonprofits. More than 130 volunteers also have pledged nearly 9,500 volunteer hours so far.
Donors may prefer to donate during a specific block of time on Arizona Gives Day to help a nonprofit win a Power Hour and earn additional funds from the $160,000 prize pool. There are 84 cash prizes available for nonprofits of all sizes including specific categories for rural Arizona, early giving totals, random drawings and Alliance of Arizona Nonprofit members. Donations received on AzGives.org between March 16 and April 6 will count towards a nonprofit’s grand total.
Donors also have the option of creating a fundraise page to benefit their favorite nonprofit organization. Visit www.azgives.org/fundraisers for details.
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 can either check out as a guest or create an account to set up recurring donations and make changes to their giving throughout the year.
Arizona Gives Day is not possible without the support of sponsors FirstBank, Arizona Community Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Freeport McMoRan Foundation, Hickey Family Foundation, Intel Corporation, Vitalyst Health Foundation, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Salt River Project (SRP), Southwest Gas Corporation, Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy Services and Sechler Morgan CPA. In-kind promotional partners are Frontdoors Media and InBusiness Magazine.
For more information, visit www.azgives.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About FirstBank: FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $23 billion in assets and operates more than 110 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 nearly $70 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 employees a financial stake in the bank’s success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. For more information, visit www.efirstbank.com. MEMBER FDIC
About the Arizona Grantmakers Forum: Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy. With a mission to empower its members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy, Arizona Grantmakers is made of organizations that provide funds and resources to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Members include private foundations, trusts, endowed community foundations, corporate foundations, businesses with charitable giving programs, government agencies and individuals with organized giving programs. For more information, visit www.arizonagrantmakersforum.org.