History

The Greater Tucson Area Foundation was founded in 1980 by visionaries Buddy Amos, Jim Burns, Jim Click, Jr., Ed Moore and Granger Weil. Their goal was clear: bring more local resources to local needs.

Two name changes and more than 32 years later, the Foundation has continued 1) to inspire and support donors who want to make a difference, and 2) build the capacity of our nonprofit community. In 1984, Foundation leadership changed the name to Tucson Community Foundation and in 1997, they changed it to Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to reflect the Foundation’s regional grant making.

Growth of Grants & Assets

2012  Grants and distributions reach $5.09 million. Assets grow to $105 million.

2007  Assets surpass $100 million.

2005  Assets grow to $75.4 million.

2000 Assets grow to $52.2 million, placing CFSA in the top 20 percent of community foundations nationwide.

1995  Assets grow to $25.1 million.

1990  Assets grow to $7.3 million.

1986  Assets grow to $3.1 million.

1981  Assets grow to $45,400.

Staff Leadership

2010  J. Clint Mabie is named President and CEO.

2001  Steve Alley is named President and CEO.

1983  Donna Grant is named Executive Director.

Funds, Programs & Initiatives

2012 A CFSA-initiated partnership establishes The Loan Fund for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum, together with partners that include CFSA, plan for the first Arizona Gives Day on March 13, 2013. The goal:  harness the power of individual contributions statewide, using the power of online giving to connect new and existing investors with thousands of Arizona nonprofits.

2011  The Community Foundation responds to the tragic events of January 8, 2011 by establishing five funds that received more than $1.1 million from 5,000 individuals from 48 states and 10 countries, including the Fund for Civility, Respect & Understanding.

2010 CFSA and the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona convened a group of community leaders to discuss the needs and priorities of the region. One issue was identified as the top priority; the need for high quality, community driven, objective data. Based on this direction, the vision for the Southern Arizona Indicators project was born. The project makes data available for the community to improve collective and individual decision making.

2009  CFSA launches the Collective Impact Initiative and begins a three-year cycle of funding broad-based community collaborations.

CFSA launches a technical assistance program in partnership with the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits and Cox Communications.

The Foundation is awarded collaborative grant to help low-income, minority artists become economically successful.

2008  CFSA establishes The Economic Relief and Stability Fund to address the crisis unfolding after the 2008 economic collapse. Funded by CFSA and other partners, and the Fund awarded $442,000 to local nonprofits–providing relief to vulnerable populations.

CFSA establishes Tucson Values Teachers Fund and serves as fiscal agent for the new organization.

2007 The Tucson Regional Town Hall highlights literacy as one of our community’s top priorities and as a result, CFSA launches the Literacy for Life Coalition, bringing together government, nonprofit, business, media, funding, and educational organizations to inform, share, listen, learn and collaborate to increase our community’s literacy. In 2011, five literacy organizations merge to become Literacy Connects and create one powerful voice to promote literacy in all its forms.

2006  CFSA and partners launch Social Venture Partners.

The first $1 million community initiative is launched with support from CFSA to promote a culture of literacy in Pima County.

2002 CFSA and partners establish the Center for Planned Giving.

1999  CFSA is awarded a two-year, $100,000 challenge grant to establish the LGBT&S Fund (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight).

1994  The Foundation partners with United Way, city and county governments and Pima Prevention Partnership to found PRO Neighborhoods, which encourages and assists grassroots groups to build on the assets of their communities.

1992  CFSA donors Harriet Silverman and Melody Robidoux establish  the Southern Arizona Women’s Fund,” which later became a supporting organization and changed its name to Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.

1991  A grant to CFSA from the National Community AIDS Partnership established the HIV/AIDS Consortium.

Melody S. Robidoux establishes the Melody S. Robidoux Foundation, a support organization that doubled TCF’s assets and placed TCF in the top 50 community foundations nationwide.

1989-1990 CFSA receives challenge grant from the Charles Steward Mott Foundation to establish a program to fund neighborhood development.

1988-1989  CFSA gives first grant to the Tucson AIDS Project, beginning a long involvement in the fight against the disease.

CFSA receives challenge grant from Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to raise $1.5 million in endowed funds to be matched with $1 million.

1987  CFSA donor Mary Bartol establishes the Arizona Arts Award.

1985-1986  The Foundation receives a National Endowment for the Arts Challenge Grant to establish Endowment For the Arts Fund.

1984  The Foundation establishes “First Family Funds” to honor those who lived in greater Tucson prior to WWII and contributed to the social, cultural and charitable growth of the community.