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CORE Grants

Since 2017, CFSA has granted $1,520,000 to nonprofits in southern Arizona through its CORE Grants program.

CORE Grants provide nonprofits with the flexible working capital necessary to maximize their impact and improve the quality of life in Southern Arizona.

In April 2020, CFSA awarded $720,000 in CORE Grants to support the fundamental operating needs of our local nonprofits. CORE grant funding increased by 44%, and the number of nonprofits receiving CORE grants increased by 30% compared to 2019.

“Thanks to increased support from our donors and a generous challenge grant from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation, we were able to significantly increase both the amount of grant funding and the number of organizations supported through our CORE Grants this year,” said Kelly Huber, Senior Director of Community Investments at CFSA. “CFSA is committed to supporting our nonprofit partners with general operating support, particularly now when the need in our community is increasing daily.”

2020 CORE Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Questions? Contact Kelly Huber, Senior Director of Community Investments, at or by phone (520) 209-2858

CORE Grant Applications are now CLOSED. Nonprofit organizations that receive funding are ones that meet our CORE values of:

Community: Are continually evolving and growing, meeting the needs of the clients they serve. They are well networked and utilize the strengths of relationships and collaboration.

Organizational Sustainability: Have business models that provide on-going financial sustainability for their organization as well as the ability to leverage different forms of capital. A robust and balanced fundraising plan is in place and volunteers and staff are balanced in their roles. They have boards and staff that are skilled, diverse, and knowledgeable and have shown longevity and a desire to move the organization forward to achieve the best results.

Results: Demonstrate results and outcomes which help them improve over time as well as develop appropriate services to their clients. High-impact nonprofits should be able to demonstrate methods for collecting and evaluating effectiveness.

Effective Programs: Clearly articulate why their programs and mission are important; high impact nonprofits strategically align their programmatic work with the larger good of the clients that they serve.

Partnering with Donors
As part of CFSA’s strategic approach to grantmaking, CORE grants will also be presented to donors who may have an interest in supporting general operating support grants.

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