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Arizona Gives Day Raises Amost $1.4 million

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, along with presenting sponsor FirstBank, announced that the 2014 Arizona Gives Day, a 24-hour online initiative encouraging Arizona residents to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits, raised $1,392,292 (up from $1,019,650 last year) for the nearly 1,000 registered organizations statewide, a 36% increase. In total, 13,856 unique donors took the time to make 18,080 total donations in support of this statewide initiative.

“Our state rallied again this year and demonstrated what tremendous power individual donors can have for our state’s nonprofit community,” 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 generosity to the world.”

Thanks to a financial commitment 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 will be gifted prizes from $1,000 to $18,000 in additional funds, which will be verified within the next 60 days.

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

Arizona Community Foundation
Arizona Republic/AZCentral/12News
AZ Family
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Clear Channel Media Entertainment
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company
Cox Communications
Eight – KAET PBS
FirstBank
Flinn Foundation
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation
HAPI
Hickey Family Foundation
HMA Public Relations
Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
St. Luke’s Health Initiatives
The Thunderbirds
Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust

According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, “Gives Day initiatives across the country continue to see success and provide much-needed financial support to countless nonprofit organizations. Arizonans have much to be proud of in our second year.”

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Arizona Gives Day is April 9th – GIVE!

Last year, more than 8,500 Arizonans joined together and donated nearly $1 million to more than 800 local nonprofit organizations in just 24 hours.

And you know what?

Arizona can do better.

Presented by First Bank, Arizona Gives Day – a 24-hour online initiative encouraging residents from all 15 Arizona counties to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits – is back.

Starting at midnight on April 9, 2014, and continuing until 11:59 p.m., each and every one of the 6.5 million people living in this great state can go online at AZGives.org and make a donation to the nonprofit of their choice.

Financial contributions made on Arizona Gives Day help Arizona’s nonprofits change lives, build leaders and champion community causes.

We’ve partnered with nearly 1,000 nonprofits this year and are setting our sights at more than a $1 million in donations – but we need your help and donations, no “buts” about it.

But I don’t have that much to spare.

Consider this – if you simply eat in this weekend, you might save as much as $50, a donation that can provide sports equipment to a team of at-risk youth.

Or, by watching a movie at home rather than visiting the movie theatre this week, you will save at least $30, a donation that can provide 40 pounds of food to your local animal shelter.

And, by skipping the coffee shop for a week, you will save an estimated $15, a donation that can fund a neonatal care manual for new parents of a premature baby.

Every little bit truly does help. Minimum donations start at just $10, and as cliché as it sounds – you really will make a difference in your community.

But I am just one person.

So why not share Arizona Gives Day with your friends?

Last year, every time a member of this community shared the initiative via social media, it generated, on average, $18 more in donations!

But I don’t know any local nonprofits or what they need.

With nearly 1,000 nonprofits representing every single county across the state taking part in Arizona Gives Day, there are organizations supporting animals, the arts, education, family services, health and more in need just miles from your house. Each organization seeking financial support is not only listed at AZGives.org right now, but you have the ability to search by county, city or even keyword to find the nonprofit or group of nonprofits that best match your own personal passions and values.

But I don’t know how to do it.

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!
1. On April 9, visit AZGives.org
2. Click on “Donate”
3. Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

But I am busy April 9.

Not a problem. Simply visit azgives.org and click “schedule my donation,” where you will be able to choose which organization you wish to support right now.

No matter why or when you give on April 9 – just give!

Every single penny raised on Arizona Gives Day will impact us all.

Patrick McWhortor is president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, and Marissa Theisen is president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. Together, their organizations have partnered to present Arizona Gives Day on April 9, 2014.

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Support Local on Arizona Gives Day

Every single resident in Scottsdale and beyond (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing today – give.

Why?

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)

“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.

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

Anne Rita Monahan Foundation

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.”

Nonprofit Participation

Among the nearly 850 nonprofits participating in this event are several from around the Scottsdale and surrounding area, including:

Cave Creek Museum, Desert Foothills Land Trust, Desert Foothills Library, Foothills Food Bank, HopeKids, Wild At Heart, Yes You Have A Choice/Sofia’s House, Project Linus, Bucket List Foundation, Go Green Now Foundation, Inc., Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, Arizona Helping Hands, Inc., Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc., Childhelp, Cortney’s Place, Devereux Arizona, Family Promise of Greater Phoenix, Feeding Matters, Foothills Animal Rescue, Four Seasons Orchestra, Musical Instrument Museum, Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hope Village, ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network, Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-age Kids), McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, New Way Academy, notMYkid, Oasis Sanctuary Foundation LTD, Partners In Action, Phoenix Herpetological Society, Pinnacle Presbyterian Preschool, Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc, Reigning Grace Ranch, Scottsdale, Preparatory Academy, Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services, Singleton Moms, Square One Inc., The Berceli Foundation, The New Foundation, The Purple Society, The Welcome to America Project, Tourette Syndrome Association of Arizona, Inc., Tumbleweed, Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, Waste Not, Inc., Safe Haven for Animals

How to Participate

Businesses, schools and communities are encouraged to rally friends, family, classmates and co-workers leading up to the big day. Donors can learn more about the nonprofits participating in their community by logging on to the www.AZGives.org. Then help spread the word by joining the movement on Facebook and Twitter.

Giving 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!

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Arizona Gives Day

This month, every single resident in Arizona (ahem – this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing – give.

Why?

“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.

Nonprofit Participation

Nearly 850 nonprofits from every inch of this state are taking part in this effort. To see if your favorite local cause is taking part, simply click here.

How to Participate

Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!

1.      Right now, drop everything you are doing and click here.

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.