Collage of CORE Grantees engaging in their work serving vulnerable and marginalized populations.

42 Days of CORE Impact

CFSA provided $854,000 in CORE Grants to 42 nonprofits in Southern Arizona to provide the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in Southern Arizona.

CFSA’s 2021 CORE Grants are made possible with support from CFSA’s Unrestricted Fund and Field of Interest Funds, our generous Donor Advised Fundholders, and the Connie Hillman Family Foundation. Areas funded include human services; arts and culture; environment and animals; legal services; education; health; youth and elderly services; immigrant services; and Native/Indigenous support.

Each week, a new funded organization will be added to this article as we celebrate 42 days of CORE! 

CORE 2021 Grant Recipients

Arivaca Human Resource Group

Two people standing with their arms around each other“As a designated impoverished rural community, Arivaca and its 700+ residents rely heavily on AHR to provide necessities. The funding received will enable us to continue our mission of serving the fragile and vulnerable residents of our community by providing for their basic needs.” – Linda Richardson, Director


“Thanks to CORE funding, BICAS is able to expand accessibility to affordable bicycle transportation through education and bicycle salvage to reach Tucsonans of all ages and backgrounds. BICAS strives to make bicycling available to as many people as possible and to break down barriers such as cost, tool access, and experience. Thank you CFSA donors and partners!” – Kristin McRay, BICAS Education Coordinator

Grace St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Chain link fence with signs on it saying: “Receiving a CORE grant will allow GSP to focus on earth justice, migrant justice, and social justice, and continue to be a beacon of hope to our community. Thank you CFSA!” – Jessica Swift, Director of Children, Youth & Families

Green Valley Sheriff's Auxiliary Volunteers

“The CORE funds will be used towards the purchase of new technology and computers for training new Academy recruits and existing volunteers. This will allow us to expand our capabilities, with the goal of enhancing the services we provide to Green Valley and surroundings communities.” – Kathy Stacken, Vice President


“With the support of a CORE Grant from CFSA, SARSEF will be able to offer more services and materials in Spanish to better serve Arizona’s families as they support their students in connecting to science and engineering.” – Julie Euber, COO, SARSEF

“Con el otorgamiento de CORE de parte de CFSA, SARSEF podrá ofrecer más servicios y materiales en español para servir mejor a las familias de Arizona mientras apoyan a sus estudiantes en la conexión con la ciencia y la ingeniería.”

Tucson Girls Chorus

“The initiative of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona to encourage donors to grant unrestrictedly, allows the TGC and other community organizations to create and serve with flexibility and innovation. Thank you CFSA for your meaningful work and great impact in our community!” -Dr. Marcela Molina, Director