FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRELIMINARY ARIZONA GIVES DAY TALLIES SHOW STATEWIDE DONATIONS WILL TOP $5 MILLION
PHOENIX, Ariz. (April 6, 2022): While complete numbers won’t be fully tallied for another week as nonprofits around the state submit final reports which include additional direct-to- organization donations inspired by Arizona Gives Day, all indications are that Arizona Gives Day 2022 is on pace for another highly successful 24-hour fundraising campaign.
During this year’s 24-hour online fundraiser, 27,741 individuals donated $4.22 million to 955 Arizona nonprofits through the Arizona Gives website (www.AZGives.org). Also, 868 volunteers pledged 36,269 hours to help their favorite nonprofits impact their communities.
“We are constantly overwhelmed by the deep generosity of Arizonans throughout the state in both financial terms and through their selfless willingness to volunteer their time for nonprofit programs, services and outreach,” said Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits CEO Kristen Merrifield. The Alliance manages Arizona Gives Day in collaboration with Arizona Grantmakers Forum. FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good,” is the presenting sponsor. “We are deeply grateful that donors in Arizona recognized the call to action to assist all of the very deserving nonprofits in very uncertain times and considering the additional challenges that people face from rising inflation and higher costs for everything. We know our Arizona nonprofits are also experiencing rising costs to provide key services to fellow Arizonans.”
Since the first Arizona Gives Day in 2013, more than $34 million (and counting) has been raised for Arizona nonprofits.
“Each year Arizona Gives Day brings this community together to support hundreds of deserving causes, and once again it delivered,” said Joel Johnson, FirstBank East Valley market president. “All of the nonprofits that received donations will be able to continue their respective missions thanks to everyone that donated. But an organization’s job isn’t done in one day, neither is ours. Let’s continue to bolster local nonprofits, whether that be financially or with time, and we’ll ensure Arizona remains an amazing place to live.”
“It’s so heartwarming to see that the philanthropic spirit is alive and well across our state. Arizonans continue to give generously to nonprofits that work tirelessly to strengthen our communities and make people’s lives better,” said Laurie Liles, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. “Arizona Grantmakers Forum is proud—again this year—to partner with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits on a successful Arizona Gives Day.”
Merrifield emphasized that “giving can be done all year long through our Arizona Gives Day website” at www.azgives.org.
ARIZONA GIVES DAY 2022 FAST FACTS
- 1006 nonprofits participated from across the state
- 27,741 donors donated $4.22 million through the Arizona Gives Day website so far.
- Giving can be done all year at AZGives.org where you can choose one or more organizations for your donation or find new Arizona organizations to give to.
- Giving eCards can be purchased all year at www.azgives.org/ecards. The person receiving the eCard gets to choose which nonprofit to donate to on AZGives.org.
- AZGives.org offers an advanced search filter to find nonprofits by specific criteria, area of focus, and which donations may qualify as an Arizona tax credit. Donors can either check out as a guest or create an account to set up recurring donations and make changes to their giving throughout the year.
- 116 prizes from the $180,000 cash prize pool, will be awarded.
- Arizona Gives Day is managed by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits in collaboration with Arizona Grantmakers Forum. Arizona Gives Day is not possible without the support of its sponsors and promotional partners: FirstBank, Arizona Community Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Freeport McMoRan Foundation, Frontdoors Media-Home of The Red Book, Hickey Family Foundation, InBusiness Greater Phoenix Magazine, PHOENIX Magazine, Thunderbirds Charities, Vitalyst Health Foundation, Community Foundation of Southern Arizona, Intel Corporation, Salt River Project (SRP), Southwest Gas Corporation, SechlerMorgan CPA and Tucson Electric Power/UniSource Energy Services.
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About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About FirstBank: FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $23 billion in assets and operates more than 110 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing nearly $70 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a large portion of its stock is owned by management and employees, giving employees a financial stake in the bank’s success through its Employee Stock Ownership Program. For more information, visitwww.efirstbank.com. MEMBER FDIC
About the Arizona Grantmakers Forum: Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy. With a mission to empower its members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy, Arizona Grantmakers is made of organizations that provide funds and resources to nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Members include private foundations, trusts, endowed community foundations, corporate foundations, businesses with charitable giving programs, government agencies and individuals with organized giving programs. For more information, visit www.arizonagrantmakersforum.org.