Phoenix Suns Charities Announces Largest Annual Donation to Local Charities
Phoenix Suns Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Phoenix Suns, has announced its grant recipients for 2007, awarding $760,900 to 103 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona. This marks an increase of more than $200,000 from last year and the largest donation amount in one year since its formation in 1989.
Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation’s grant application process. This year, program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000 with an average disbursement of $6,170.
“Phoenix Suns Charities is proud to support both well-known and grass-roots organizations throughout Arizona that assist in the needs of children. Due to the generosity of our fans and sponsors we have continued to grow and expand our funding,” said Tom Ambrose, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “Making these grants each year is the most rewarding part of the season.”
The total includes a $100,000 Playmaker Award grant, which is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities 28 Playmaker sponsors and will go to the United Food Bank. The grant will be used to enhance the organization’s Kids L.I.F.E. program as well as purchase a vehicle which will deliver food to agencies involved in the Kids Café and Food for Thought programs, both of which provide supplemental food and educational enrichment for low-income, at-risk youth.
“Nourishment and the ability to learn go hand in hand,” said Bob Evans, CEO of United Food Bank. “We are honored to receive the Playmaker grant and are excited to have Phoenix Suns Charities as a partner in our Kids’ L.I.F.E. program. On behalf of our staff, Board of Directors, and all the kids whose lives will be improved, I thank them for this very generous gift and their continued support of Arizona’s children.”
United Food Bank is a community-based, private nonprofit organization that provides hunger relief/food assistance by collecting, acquiring, storing and distributing food and related commodities through a network of partner social services agencies in eastern Maricopa County, Gila and Pinal Counties and southern Apache and Navajo Counties.
Phoenix Suns Charities utilizes the resources of the Suns to raise funds which benefit non-profit organizations that assist the needs of children. Since its inception in 1989, Phoenix Suns Charities and the Phoenix Suns have donated more than $7 million to Arizona organizations, helping children and families across our state.
Phoenix Suns Charities 2007 Grant Recipients:
A & A Cottages, Inc.
Junior Achievement of Southern Arizona
Advocates for the Disabled
Lions Camp Tatiyee
Ahwatukee Children's Theatres (A.C.T.)
Lions Vision Center, Inc.
Aid to Adoption of Special Kids
Literacy Volunteers of Arizona
Alhambra Education Partnership
Anytown Arizona, Inc
Marine League Charities
Mission of Mercy
Arizona Academic Decathlon
Moencopi Day School
Arizona Blind & Deaf Children's Foundation, Inc.
Nana's Children MHF, Inc
Arizona Coalition for Tomorrow Charitable Fund
Arizona for Children's Inc (Formerly Foster Angels of Arizona)
New Beginnings Community Development
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company
New Song Center for Grieving Children and Those Who Love Them
Arizona Project ChalleNGe Program
Arizona Science Center
Phoenix After School Sports, Inc.
Arthritis Foundation - Greater Southwest Chapter
Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation
Assistance League of East Valley
Assistance League of Phoenix
Phoenix Rescue Mission
Assistance League of Tucson
Association of Arizona Food Banks
PREHAB of Arizona
Back to School Clothing Drive Associations
Ronald McDonald House
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children
BHHS Legacy Foundation
SaddleBrooke Community Outreach
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
San Miguel High School
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
Boy Scouts of America - Grand Canyon Council
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale
Special Olympics Arizona
Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona
St. Paul's Preparatory Academy
Brewster Center Domestic Violence Services
St. Vincent de Paul
Casa Center for Prevention of Abuse & Violence
Child Crisis Center - East Valley, Inc.
Sun Health Foundation
Children's Center for Neurodevelopmental Studies & Temple Grandin School
Suns Nite Hoops
Christian Family Care
The Children's Advocacy Center
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
The Collaboration for a New Century
Coalition for Compassion and Justice
The Melonhead Foundation
Communities in Schools of Arizona
The Neighborhood Christian Clinic
The Partnership, Arizona Chapter
Deer Valley Education Foundation
The Phoenix Zoo
Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation
The Wellness Community
Time Out Inc
Free Arts of Arizona
Town of Guadalupe - Youth Programs
UMOM New Day Centers
Greater Phoenix Youth at Risk Foundation
United Food Bank
Helping Hands Housing Services
Valley Youth Theatre
Homebase Youth Services
Volunteer Center for Maricopa County
Waste Not, Inc
Hope and A Future
Wesely Community Center
House of Refuge East
West Valley Child Crisis Center, Inc.
Intermountain Centers For Human Development
Youth Re:Action Corps
Junior Achievement of Arizona - Central District