Arizona Community Foundation and donors distribute $ 17.7 million in grants and scholarships in the first quarter

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The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors are pleased to announce the distributions of grants and scholarships for the first quarter of its fiscal year. Between April 1 and June 30, 2021, a total of $ 17,661,723 was awarded from funds from the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, Valley of Gila, Sedona, Yavapai County and Yuma.

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2021 Lost Boys Instructive Camping Trip Organized in Colorado

The $ 17.7 million in discretionary and advised grants and scholarships was awarded in five strategic priority areas: health innovations, community improvement and development, environment and sustainability, arts and culture, and quality education.

Health innovations: A total of $ 6.6 million has been granted to 677 organizations and programs in the fields of health, health care, medical research and various social services. Among the distributions for the quarter were: $ 100,000 from a fund advised by ACF to Hoppers for Heroes in support of their mission to give disabled veterans and first responders access to off-road mobility devices and $ 5,000 from the Jean and Betty Fairfax Memorial Fund to help bring COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable and underserved communities in Arizona and address the health equity issues facing residents living in the south and l west of Phoenix.

Community improvement and development: A total of $ 615,447 has been allocated to 118 programs in this category, which include housing, community and neighborhood development, financial literacy training, legal aid and crime prevention programs. Grants awarded this quarter include: $ 16,450 from the Taney Tambini Foundation to Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity for the expansion of the Critical Home Repair program and $ 5,000 from the Dan and Kathy Grubb Family Foundation to the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development in support of its summer camp in Colorado.

DONOR HIGHLIGHTS: The Dan and Kathy Grubb Family Foundation has awarded a $ 5,000 grant to the Lost Boys Center for Leadership Development (LBCLD), a non-profit organization that works with individuals in the Sudanese community to develop the skills and knowledge to become self-reliant world leaders supporting South Sudan. The grant supported the 2021 Lost Boys Educational Camping Trip held in Colorado, a component of LBCLD’s youth leadership initiative to help children adjust to cultural differences and deal with other challenges afterwards. have moved to the United States. Campers had the opportunity to go horseback riding, enjoy mountain views from a chairlift, and hang out with their peers.

Environment and sustainability: A total of $ 1.5 million has been awarded to 163 organizations and programs in the areas of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation and animal welfare. Distributions for the quarter included: $ 15,200 from the Ardele H. Sweeney Charitable Fund to the Arizona Humane Society for annual program support and $ 16,500 from the Hutchens Family Foundation to the Reid Park Zoological Society as designated support for University of Arizona interns working on zoo projects and hosting education programs.

Arts & Culture: A total of $ 969,052 was awarded to 135 arts and culture organizations across Arizona. Grants included: $ 10,000 from the Molly Lawson Foundation to the Detour Co. Theater for designated support for their Virtual Academy and Summer Skills Workshop and Crash Course and $ 25,000 from the Messinger Mortuary Charitable Foundation for the general support of the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen.

DONOR HIGHLIGHTS: The Messinger Mortuary Charitable Foundation has awarded $ 25,000 to support the creation of the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen, a permanent memorial to commemorate residents of the Scottsdale area who were lost during their military service to the nation. It will be the first memorial of its kind to publicly recognize the servicemen who lived in Scottsdale and the surrounding Native American communities. It has received broad support from the community since the idea was first proposed in 2014. The Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen Board of Directors hopes to meet its fundraising goal to complete the design, construction and authorization and hosting an official dedication on or before Memorial Day 2022..

Quality education: During this quarter, a total of $ 5.5 million was awarded in scholarships and education-related grants. Among the grants: $ 10,000 from the Holbrook Pyle Foundation to the Payson Unified School District for general support; $ 150,000 from the Ellis Center for Educational Excellence to support the Earn to Learn program and scholarship matching; and $ 300,000 from the Allstate Foundation to the Phoenix Public Library Foundation.

DONOR HIGHLIGHTS: Late last year, the Allstate Foundation provided ACF with a strategic grant of $ 300,000 to serve youth education and technology in Phoenix. This grant was used to support the Phoenix Public Library Foundation and its program focused on bridging the digital divide among students. The program prepared students for access and success during the COVID-19 pandemic, when students were in distance and virtual learning environments. At the onset of the public health crisis, much of the student body lacked the tools necessary for academic success, including laptops, internet connectivity, and technological support. This program has responded to this critical need by providing laptops to several hundred students disproportionately affected by COVID19, as well as offering virtual coaching, mentoring and training.

College scholarships accounted for $ 1.1 million of the quarter’s total and were awarded to benefit 472 students pursuing graduate studies. University scholarships are awarded to Arizona students to attend a wide range of colleges, universities, and technical schools in Arizona and the United States.

In addition to these grants, 58 nonprofits with agencies managed by the Arizona Community Foundation received their annual distributions during the first quarter of ACF’s fiscal year, representing $ 1.3 million distributed to the during the quarter.

The $ 17.7 million awarded in all categories represents 1,959 grants and awards. Some grants are awarded at the discretion of the Arizona Community Foundation with input from board committees and various community panels, while others are awarded through the advice of donors. All grants are approved or ratified by ACF’s Philanthropic Services Committee, whose members include representatives of the ACF Board of Directors and other community leaders.

Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a family of statewide charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the country with more than $ 1 billion in trust and endowment assets, and is certified to national standards for American community foundations. Since its inception, ACF and its subsidiaries have provided more than $ 1 billion in grants, scholarships and loans to non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information is available at

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