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Arizona Gives Day supports nonprofits on April 7

Arizona Gives Day is a powerful 24-hour online giving experience that encourages individuals across the state of Arizona to donate to their favorite nonprofit cause on April 7, 2015.   Presented by FirstBank and hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, Arizona Gives Day is a day for individuals to come together and make giving back a priority.  In 2015, Arizona Gives Day is challenging Arizonans to collectively surpass the $1.5 million raised last year, which will have an immediate impact on our local communities.

April 7 is a critical fundraising time for nonprofits because it occurs after the traditional holiday giving season.  Once spring arrives, many nonprofit organizations find that resources are decreasing, so Arizona Gives Day provides a perfect platform for generating new donations that will directly impact members of our communities for months to come. 

“Charitable nonprofits have a $24 billion economic footprint every year in Arizona,” said Patrick McWhortor, president & CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.  “The state’s 20,000 nonprofits employ more than 150,000 paid staff, nearly one out of every 10 workers in Arizona.”

Beginning at midnight on April 7 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.azgives.org and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice.  Donors will select the recipient of their online donation and the donation will go directly to their chosen organization.   

This year a variety of cash prize incentives will take place throughout the day to encourage additional giving.  Bonuses will go to the nonprofits that raise the most money in rural, small, mid-size and large nonprofit categories.  In addition, prizes will be awarded to organizations that raise the most during specific hours along with the most overall donations throughout the day.  In total, FirstBank will donate $150,000 toward the bonus program. 

“Local nonprofit organizations play a critical role in making our communities stronger,” said Bryce Lloyd, FirstBank president – Phoenix Metro.  “FirstBank’s success is built on serving local customers and communities, and we’re proud to support Arizona Gives Day for the third consecutive year. We encourage all Arizonans to participate on April 7 to demonstrate our collective appreciation for these important organizations and their tireless efforts to enrich the state we all call home.”

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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
Flinn Foundation
Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation
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.”