Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide day of giving that invites Arizonans to support their favorite causes by visiting and donating either the day-of — April 4 — or scheduling their gift in advance to be processed on April 4.

Hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day has raised over $7.4 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013.

On April 4, the public will be asked to “invest in Arizona” by giving to organizations that are doing important work to improve the well-being of our state. Participating nonprofits include large and small organizations dedicated to arts and culture, children and youth, community development, health services, animal welfare and more. Each one works to better our community, and all are in need of community support.

“Investing in our local nonprofits is critical to the success of our communities and our citizens,” says Laurie Liles, President & CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum. “Arizona Gives Day proves that anyone can be a philanthropist simply by participating on April 4.”

For participating nonprofits, Arizona Gives Day offers an opportunity to raise awareness about their work, connect with new donors and win prize money to supplement individual donations. Last year, Arizona nonprofits raised $2.84 million through the generosity of 16,450 donors, with many giving to multiple organizations. The prizes paid out to participating nonprofits totaled $175,000.

“Fundraising continues to be the number one issue facing the sustainability of our nonprofits,” says Kristen Merrifield, CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “Which is why one of the primary goals of Arizona Gives Day continues to be attracting new donors that may have never know about or considered giving to a nonprofit.”

In the past, donations large and small have combined to make life-changing advancements possible throughout our state, and this year, the event is poised to be bigger than ever. The number of nonprofits who received donations on Arizona Gives Day grew by 25 percent from 2015 to 2016. And given the early excitement among nonprofits this year, Arizona Gives Day 2017 is on track to make an even larger impact.

“FirstBank is proud to be involved with such an incredible day of giving to local nonprofits,” says Bryce Lloyd, President-Phoenix Metro, FirstBank. “We believe in promoting strong communities through our support of the vibrant nonprofit sector in Arizona.”