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!
"ReSources Vail is so thrilled and honored to have been chosen for funding through CSFA’s CORE grant. We will use this grant to help fund our weekly back pack program for the VAIL School district and meal delivery services to homebound individuals in our rural area. We will also use funds to make upgrades to our thrift store‘s Point-of-Sale system and other areas to ensure we stay viable in years to come.” - Stefanie Stark, Former General Manager
"CORE grant funding is an investment in sharing Indigenous history and contemporary voices with the community through our museum collections and public programming. In these cultural roots, there is history, wisdom, and artistic inspiration that grows empathy and understanding towards one another and the social challenges of today. 2021 CORE funds will most benefit our quickly growing youth cultural education outreach, supporting the development of 30 federally grant funded classroom lesson plans for educators–available locally, nationally, and even globally with the advancements in remote learning and curriculum access." - Kelly Holt, Director of Philanthropy
CORE 2021 Grant Recipients
“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
“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.”
“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