March 20, 2013

First-ever statewide day of giving

AZ_GD_FB_CubeBeginning at midnight on March 20th and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit(s) of their choice.

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits (Alliance) and Arizona Grantmakers Forum (AGF) announce Arizona’s first-ever statewide day of giving, which is presented by First Bank.

“After seeing the success of this type of online giving initiative in other states, we are excited to host Arizona Gives Day on March 20,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. “We hope to have as many as 20,000 Arizonans support our nonprofit community that day, raising millions of dollars for these worthwhile organizations.”

According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of the Arizona Grantmakers Forum, the impact of individual donors on the state’s many nonprofit organizations will be felt for years to come. “These much-needed funds will help organizations change lives, build leaders and champion so many good causes.

The 24-hour online initiative encourages Arizonans to go to and financially support nonprofits from all over the state. Donors can select the recipient of their online donation, which will then go directly to their chosen organization. The Alliance and AGF representatives have been hosting informational meetings across the state with nonprofit organizations. Any 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization in Arizona is eligible to participate in the program.

Arizona Gives Day has received additional financial support from a variety of organizations throughout the state including:

• Arizona Community Foundation

• BHHS Legacy Foundation

• Chauncey Family Foundation

• Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

• Delta Dental of Arizona

• Flinn Foundation

• Hickey Family Foundation

• Lodestar Foundation

• Nina Mason Pulliam Trust

• St. Luke’s Health Initiatives

• Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust