Press Forward Southern Arizona was established in 2024 to provide ongoing community leadership and recurring philanthropic support to Southern Arizona news outlets. We strive to rebuild trusted local news and information in our community. Together, staff and the Advisory Board are building a long-term strategic plan to sustain this work, executing campaigns and events to increase community awareness, engage local donors, and seek national funding.


Press Forward Southern Arizona monitors progress and evaluates success by tracking dollars raised and measuring grantee impact in the field. Additionally, we continue to explore the statewide landscape with potential Arizona funder collaborations as part of the American Journalism Project. Our work engages the diverse population of Southern Arizona, reaching its nearly two million residents. Among them, 42% belong to rural communities, while 38% identify as Hispanic. Our efforts extend across the seven service counties of Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, Yuma, and seven Native nations within Southern Arizona’s geography: Tohono O’odham, Pasqua Yaqui, Cocopah, Fort Yuma, Maricopa [Ak-Chin], Gila River, and San Carlos.