Arizona Neighborhood Basis, donors distribute $183 million


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February 17, 2021
9:42 a.m.

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors have announced grants, grants, and loan distributions for the calendar year.

Between January 1st and Dece. On March 31, 2020, a record $ 183,125,928 was awarded with funds from the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide subsidiaries in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma.

Over $ 94 million of the year was spent helping 7,173 small businesses and nonprofits affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a press release.

These grants were funded through ACF’s ongoing partnerships with Maricopa County, the Phoenix IDA, and the cities of Phoenix, Peoria, Chandler, Surprise, Gilbert, Yuma, and Tempe.

The remaining $ 89 million in grants, scholarships, and charitable distributions were awarded in five strategic focus areas: Health Innovation, Community Improvement and Development, Environment and Sustainability, Arts and Culture, and Quality Education.

Health innovations

A total of $ 41 million was awarded to 3,228 organizations and programs in the health, healthcare, medical research, and various human services sectors. Among the payouts were: $ 60,000 from the David R. Sellers Foundation to the Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children for general assistance, and $ 212,500 from the Werner Family Charitable Fund to support Crohn’s disease research.

Community improvement and development

A total of $ 8.8 million was awarded to 811 organizations and programs in this category, including housing, community and neighborhood development, financial literacy training, legal aid and crime prevention programs. Among the grants awarded were: two grants totaling $ 22,000 from the L&M Sky Fund to Verde Valley Wheel Fun in support of Sedona Trail Keepers and Mountainview School Bike Park; $ 6,250 from the Fine Family Fund in support of DigDeep’s Navajo Water Project; and $ 500 to Workers Circle and the Southern Poverty Law Center from the Dilly Dally Fund to provide general support in response to recent public protests, law enforcement, and racial issues in communities across the country.

Environment & sustainability

A total of $ 2.40 million was awarded to 440 organizations and programs in the fields of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation and animal welfare. Among the distributions were: $ 100,000 to Desert Botanical Garden for general operational support; $ 7,500 from the Two Worlds Community Foundation to Lucky Paws Shelter for general support; and $ 2,500 from the Goddard Family Fund to the Grand Canyon Trust for general use.

Art and culture

499 artistic and cultural organizations across Arizona received a total of $ 4.9 million. Among the grants were: $ 27,000 from the MERI Foundation to the Phoenix Symphony Association for general assistance; $ 5,000 from the For the Love of Conor Foundation to the UBU Project for general support; and $ 101,599 from the Burton Family Foundation and other funds in support of Rosie’s House’s capital campaign for the new Digital Creativity Center.

Quality of education

In 2020, scholarships and education-related grants totaled US $ 18 million. Among the grants were: $ 25,000 from the Eternal Now Fund to Mindfulness First for general support; US $ 5,000 unreserved support from the Nancy and David Weeks Fund for Coconino County’s Literacy Volunteers; and five grants totaling $ 20,000 from Real Engagement Through Active Philanthropy to Black Mother’s Forum, Inc., Strong Ties, Hustle USA, the TigerMountain Foundation, and the SOUNDS Academy as part of the Fundraiser’s 2020 grant cycle.

College scholarships totaled $ 4.9 million for the full year and were awarded to 1,646 students pursuing higher education. College scholarships are awarded to Arizona students attending a variety of colleges, universities, and technical schools in Arizona and the United States.

In addition to these grants, 121 nonprofits with agency foundations-managed by the Arizona Community Foundation received their annual dividends, bringing the remaining $ 8.3 million out over the year.

The Arizona Community Foundation invested an additional $ 375,000 through their Affordable Housing Predevelopment Loan Fund. Trellis, UMOM and ArtSpace received interest-free loans to advance their affordable housing projects.

The $ 183 million awarded across all categories equates to 15,285 grants, grants, loans, and charitable distributions. This is the largest dollar amount and the largest number of grants in a year in ACF’s 43-year history.

Some grants are awarded, at the discretion of the Arizona Community Foundation, through contributions from board committees and various community panels, while others are awarded through donor counseling and guidance from the local government.

All grants are approved or ratified by the ACF Philanthropic Services Committee, which includes representatives from the ACF board of directors and other community leaders.

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