Community Foundation Announces $355k+ in Grants

huggingThe Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has awarded $355,727 in grants, with funding spread among 25 local and regional nonprofit organizations that are working to alleviate poverty and its effects on children, as well as organizations that are working on end of life issues.

“The Community Foundation is known for addressing important issues,” said Clint Mabie, President and CEO of CFSA. “Thanks to donors to our unrestricted pool and gifts from several very generous donors, we’re able to address systemic problems like poverty and end of life.”

The Community Investment Team, a board-appointed committee of volunteers assigned to oversee CFSA’s grant processes, reviewed statistics found in the Southern Arizona Indicators Project, recent media coverage and the results of a donor survey before deciding, in September 2013, to issue a request to nonprofit organizations for letters of inquiry addressing poverty and its effects on children.

“I think that most Southern Arizona residents know instinctively that poverty is an issue here,” said Barbara Brown, VP of Programs and Community Initiatives at CFSA. “But when confronted with the facts combined with personal stories, we knew we had to do something to help make a difference.”

A total of $220,000 is being granted to the following organizations:

  • Arts for All, Inc. ($15,000.00)
  • Assistance League of Tucson, Inc. ($13,375.00)
  • Camp Wildcat ($3,500.00)
  • Casa de los Niños, Inc. ($15,000.00)
  • Catholic Community Services/Pio Decimo Center ($12,800.00)
  • Community Food Bank, Inc. ($18,235.00)
  • Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona ($9,500.00)
  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation ($8,930.00)
  • El Rio Health Center Foundation, Inc. ($10,000.00)
  • Imago Dei Middle School ($20,000.00)
  • Our Family Services, Inc. ($22,500.00)
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association ($2,500.00)
  • SciEnTeK-12, Inc. ($7,500.00)
  • Tohono O’odham Community Action ($15,000.00)
  • Tucson Breakfast Lions Foundation, Inc. ($17,160.00)
  • United Community Health Centers Maria Auxiliadora, Inc. ($19,000.00)
  • Youth On Their Own ($10,000.00)

In October 2013, CFSA invited the nonprofit community to submit grant applications that help ease the transition from life to death, encourage discussion and subsequent action around end of life issues, and/or educate individuals, caregivers, medical personnel, family members, the community and others to the needs of the dying and the choices available to those deciding how they want to live at the end of their life.

A total of $135,727 is being granted to the following organizations:

  • Beads of Courage, Inc. ($25,000.00)
  • Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona ($5,525.00)
  • Direct Center for Independence, Inc. ($4,600.00)
  • Humane Society of Southern Arizona ($10,000.00)
  • Interfaith Community Services ($25,000.00)
  • Our Family Services, Inc. ($25,000.00)
  • Pima Council on Aging, Inc. ($25,000.00)
  • Renewal Centers, Inc. ($2,102.00)
  • Tucson Meet Yourself ($13,500.00)

“Hospice and dignified end-of-life care were important to Shaaron Kent, the donor who established the fund making this grant round possible,” said Clint Mabie. “We are proud to be honoring the legacy of making grants to address service gaps so that anyone, regardless of age, culture or family situations, has access to these important services.”

To learn more about CFSA and its grantmaking, including its Collective Impact Initiative, please visit