OCTOBER 23, 2013

Arizona Community Foundation awards $6.9 Million during 2nd quarter

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PHOENIX—The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce its grant and scholarship distributions for the second quarter of its 2014 fiscal year. Between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2013, $6,877,052 was awarded in both discretionary and donor advised grants in the areas of Quality Education, Health Innovations, Arts & Culture, Community Improvement & Development, and Environment & Sustainability. Funds were awarded in the following areas:

Quality Education: $1,914,443 in scholarships was awarded to schools for the tuition needs of 576 students. In addition, education-related grants totaled $1,366,595 to 130 programs, bringing ACF’s total education investment this quarter to nearly $3.3 million. Select grant recipients include Southwest Institute for Families and Children for its Connect2Help Circle program, which connects people in need with resources; Flagstaff’s Eagle Crest Child Enrichment Center, an early childcare and education center; Phoenix Collegiate Academy for STEM programs; and Good Earth Montessori School for student scholarships.  

Health Innovations: $1,907,988 was awarded to 260 health-related programs. Select grant recipients in this area include Camp del Corazon, a nonprofit summer camp for children with heart disease; Poore Medical Clinic, a volunteer-run clinic providing free medical care to low-income, uninsured northern Arizonans; Prescott Area Women’s Shelter, providing basic resources to homeless/transitional women, children and families in Yavapai County; and Crisis Nursery, for its FACES (Families and Children Experiencing Success) program, providing comprehensive early childhood development and family support services to high-risk pregnant women and families with young children in Phoenix.

Arts & Culture: Forty-nine organizations working in the area of arts and culture received a total of $385,669 during the quarter. Select recipients included Heritage Square Trust, Grand Canyon Guitar Society, Childsplay, Phoenix Symphony, Friends of Public Radio, Ballet Arizona, and Mesa Arts Center Foundation.

Community Improvement & Development:  A total of $750,657 was awarded to 57 programs in this area, which includes housing, community and neighborhood development, financial literacy training, legal assistance and crime prevention programs. Select grant recipients include Rio Salado Architectural Foundation for the State Capitol Renewal Project; Justa Center, a Phoenix homeless resource center that works with older homeless adults to obtain benefits and housing; and the Boys to Men Mentoring Network of North Central Arizona, an after-school mentoring program for boys.

Environment & Sustainability: $551,700 was awarded to 52 organizations and programs in the areas of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation, and animal welfare. Grants recipients include Desert Botanical Garden for The Saguaro Initiative; Humane Society of Sedona for animal medical expenses; Verde Natural Resource Conservation District for its watershed education program; and Paw Placement: A Helping Hand for Pets, for spay/neuter programs.

The total awarded represents 1,164 grants and scholarships. All grants are approved or ratified by ACF’s 14-member Philanthropic Services Committee, comprised of ACF Board representatives and other community leaders.

Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. It has more than $570 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. More information is available at www.azfoundation.org.