Arizona Gives Day 2016 raises $2.6 million

Arizona Gives Day is a grassroots, statewide day of giving that invited Arizonans to donate to their favorite causes during a 24-hour period on April 5. So far, this year’s Gives Day raised a record-breaking $2.6 million for nonprofits across the state.

This is a 30 percent increase over 2015 and this percentage is likely to grow, as the total is still being tallied to include matching grants and other offline donations.

Hosted by The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum and presented by FirstBank, Arizona Gives Day 2016 has raised at least $7.2 million for Arizona nonprofits since its founding in 2013, according to a press release.

Arizonans from across the state donated on April 5, helping a variety of nonprofits of every size to win additional prize money. Participating nonprofits included large and small organizations focused on animal welfare, the arts, child welfare, human rights and more. This year, there were 21,129 total donations from 16,450 donors. The average donation was $114, the release stated.

During the 24-hour day of giving, nonprofits encouraged their supporters to donate on azgives.org to help them win prize money based on fundraising success. During six “Power Hours,” nonprofits jockeyed for the largest number of total donors giving at or above a set dollar amount.

Winning nonprofits award dollars include:

Most Dollars – Small Nonprofit

  • BreakDown International, Sahuarita ($15,000)
  • Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption, Tucson ($10,000)
  • Daring Adventures, Phoenix ($8,000)
  • Northland Pioneer College Friends and Family, Snowflake ($5,000)
  • Local First AZ Foundation, Phoenix ($3,000)
  • All Souls Procession/Many Mouths One Stomach, Tucson ($1,000)

Most Dollars – Mid-size Nonprofit:

  • Tu Nidito Children and Family Services, Tucson ($15,000)
  • Watershed Management Group, Tucson ($10,000)
  • Seeds of Hope, Casa Grande ($8,000)
  • Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona, Tucson ($5,000)
  • Swift Youth Foundation, Scottsdale ($3,000)
  • Friends of Pima Animal Care Center, Tucson ($1,000)

Most Dollars Large Nonprofit:

  • YMCA of Southern Arizona, Tucson ($15,000)
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix ($10,000)
  • Community Foodbank of Southern Arizona, Tucson ($8,000)
  • Humane Society Southern Arizona, Tucson ($5,000)
  • Arizona Humane Society, Phoenix ($3,000)
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation ($1,000)

Most Dollars – Rural Nonprofit:

  • Oasis Sanctuary Foundation, Benson ($5,000)
  • Equine Voices Rescue & Sanctuary, Green Valley ($4,000)
  • Our Neighbors Farm and Pantry, Safford ($3,000)
  • The Hopi Foundation, Kykotsmovi ($2,000)
  • Sedona Arts Center, Sedona ($1,000)

Most Dollars – Alliance Members:

  • Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, Phoenix ($5,000)
  • St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix ($4,000)
  • Ben’s Bells Project, Tucson ($3,000)
  • Expect More Arizona, Phoenix ($2,000)
  • Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, Scottsdale ($1,000)

Power Hour Winners:

  • GAP Ministries, Tucson ($5,000)
  • KXCI Community Radio, Tucson ($2,500)
  • ICAN Chandler, Chandler ($1,000)
  • Make Way for Books, Tucson ($5,000)
  • Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation, Tucson ($2,500)
  • Sunshine Rescue Mission, Flagstaff ($1,000)

Random Draw – Alliance Members

  • Camp Wildcat, Tucson ($500)
  • God’s Vast Resources, Tucson ($500)

Random Draw – Non-Members

  • Aviva Children’s Service, Tucson ($500)
  • The New Life Society, Phoenix ($500)

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