Cox employees raised $637,810.00 which has been distributed to 130 Arizona nonprofits in the form of Cox Charities grants.  This marks the 27th year that Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work and represents a 10% increase in giving.  Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised nearly $10.5 million and awarded grants to 1,851 local Arizona nonprofits. 

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Why it matters:

In an environment where charitable donations from individuals nationwide has dropped by 10.5% last year, one of the steepest declines in giving in recent decades, the 3,100 employees at Cox announced today that donations to Cox Charities increased by 10%!

Digging deeper:

Cox Charities grants are helping a variety of Arizona nonprofits which align with the company’s focus areas – education, diversity, environment, and sustainability.  Most of the funds come from employee-driven fundraisers and donations by the employees and their families.

Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels (AHRA) helps fulfill the legacy of Amanda Hope who, before passing away from cancer at age 12. Amanda Hope provides children fighting cancer with a team of licensed counselors, coaches, mentors and wrap-around programming to ease the burden of this extraordinary fight.  Through its financial assistance program, AHRA provides new laptop computers to child cancer warriors who need to do their schoolwork from the hospital or at home.

“This year’s Cox Charities grant will allow AHRA to provide 10 new laptops to children. When we get to present a gift like this to a child, it’s remarkable because they begin to dream again.  They know their community cares, because they often feel so forgotten about. Thank you, Cox Charities, for making this happen for our cancer warriors,” said Lorraine Tallman.

A New Leaf La Mesita Children’s Services provides care and after school programming each year for approximately 250 children, up to the age of 18, struggling to overcome challenges related to homelessness and poverty. As young ones deal with moving around, they face social emotional trauma and academic challenges. That’s where La Mesita Children’s Services steps in to lift them up, providing preschool programming in partnership with Head Start, after school and summer programming, and personal development for teens.

Explains Laura Bode, Director of Community Engagement for A New Leaf, “With the support of Cox Charities’ $10,000 grant, vulnerable children get individualized case management and have a safe place to spend their out-of-school time to receive homework help, engage in STEM activities, and develop social emotional wellness. We’ve seen kids recover 1-2 grade levels academically in the span of just 6 months. Without the support of funders like Cox Charities, we would not be able to provide any of these services.”

130 Maricopa, Yavapai, Pinal, Pima and Cochise county nonprofits received grants totaling $637,810.00.