Suns Charities Surpasses $11.6 Million in Donations

Posted: Aug. 4, 2011

With more than $1.36 million in grants to 178 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona this year, Phoenix Suns Charities marks a milestone of more than $11.6 million in donations since its 1988 inception.

The announcement marks the most successful season in Phoenix Suns Charities 23-year history of funding community projects for children and families. Following a record-breaking year of giving last season, the organization this year has donated more than $1.36 million in grants, program support and scholarships to various charities throughout Arizona.

“Phoenix Suns Charities is proud to be able to support a record number of deserving charitable organizations throughout Arizona,” said Kathryn Pidgeon, Executive Director of Phoenix Suns Charities. “We are so grateful for the generous and continuous support of our Playmaker donors, marketing partners and Suns fans for helping us make such a BIG assist this year. At the Phoenix Suns, kids have always been a part of our game plan.”

Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation’s grant application process. This year, program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000. A special reception recognizing all of this year’s grant recipients will be held on Tuesday, August 16, beginning at 3 p.m. at US Airways Center, prior to the Phoenix Mercury’s home game versus the Seattle Storm.

In addition, the annual Playmaker Award grant of $100,000, which is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities’ 39 Playmaker donors, will be awarded to ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods). ICAN offers programs that seek to improve the academic and personal growth of the most vulnerable youth in Chandler. They empower these young people to be productive, self-confident and responsible citizens.

The grant will assist in funding construction of a basketball court at the new ICAN facility currently under construction. The basketball court represents a key element in the new ICAN facility, as it will be used by more than 200 youth daily.

Phoenix Suns Charities utilizes the unique resources of the Suns organization to raise funds which benefit non-profit organizations that assist the needs of children and families. Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities have donated more than $11.6 million to Arizona organizations, helping children and families across the state.

Phoenix Suns Charities 2011 Grant Recipients:

A New Leaf, Inc.
AASK - Aid to Adoption of Special Kids
Adelante Healthcare
American Cancer Society Inc., Great West Division
American Diabetes Association
American Heart Association
American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter
Angels on Patrol, donor advised fund of Arizona Foundation for Women
Arizona Autism United
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
Arizona Helping Hands, Inc.
Arizona Lions Vision Center, Inc.
Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health (ASDOH) at A.T. Still University
Arizona Science Center
Arizona Zoological Society dba Phoenix Zoo
Arizonans For Children, Inc.
Arizona's Children Association
Assistance League of East Valley
Assistance League of Phoenix
Assistance League of Tucson
Audubon Arizona
Back to School Clothing Drive Association
Ballet Arizona
Be A Leader Foundation
Beads of Courage, Inc.
Best Buddies Arizona
BHHS Legacy Foundation
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff
Blankets 4 Kids. Inc
Blueprint Education Inc.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix
Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona
Casa de los Ninos Inc.
Center Dance Ensemble
Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.
Child Crisis Center
Children's Cancer Network
Children's Museum of Phoenix
Childsplay, Inc
Christian Family Care Agency
Chrysalis Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence, Inc.
CHW Foundation - East Valley
Civitan Foundation, Inc.
Communities In Schools of Arizona
Crisis Nursery, Inc.
Crusaders For The Children; DBA: Crusaders Charity Group, Inc
Desert Mission, Inc.
Desert Sounds Performing Arts, Inc.
Devereux Day School
Dysart Community Center
El Rio Health Center Foundation
Family Promise - Greater Phoenix
First Tee of Phoenix
Flagstaff Shelter Services, Inc.
Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona
Foundation for Blind Children
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona dba Free Arts of Arizona
Gabriel's Angels
GAP Ministries
Genesis Program, Inc.
Girl Scouts - Arizona Cactus-Pine Council, Inc.
Golden Cobra Center of Fitness Inc.
Helen's Hope Chest, a program of Mesa United Way
Helping Hands Housing Services
Homeward Bound
Hospice of the Valley
Interfaith Cooperative Ministries, Inc. (AKA ICM Food and Clothing Bank)
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH)
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Southern Arizona
Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix
Junior Achievement of Arizona, Inc. (Central District)
La Paloma Family Services
Maggie's Place Inc
Matthew's Crossing
Matthew's Crossing
Mesa Arts Center Foundation
Mission of Mercy
Movement Source Inc. dba Movement Source Dance Company
NABI Foundation
National Relief Charities - Southwest
Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.
New Way Academy
Northland Hospice and Palliative Care Inc
notMYkid, Inc.
OCJ Kids (Opportunity, Community, and Justice for Kids)
One Small Step, Inc.
Open Table Inc
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church
Patagonia Creative Arts Association
Paz de Cristo
Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
Phoenix Day
Phoenix Opera
Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation
Phoenix Regional Sports Commission
Phoenix Rescue Mission
Phoenix Wheelchair Suns Chapter of Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Assoc.
Phoenix Women's Sports Association
Pima Prevention Partnership
Power Paws Assistance Dogs, Inc.
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona
Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Phoenix, Inc.
Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children
Ryan House
SaddleBrooke Rotary Club Foundation
Salome High School
Save the Family Foundation of Arizona
Scottsdale Artists' School
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation
Sharing Down Syndrome Arizona, Inc.
Sierra Vista Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program
Social Services Interagency Council Lake Havasu City, Inc dba Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mohave County
Sofia's House
Sojourner Center
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Southwest Valley Young Life
Special Olympics Arizona
Ss Simon & Jude
St Matthew Catholic School
St. Joes - Cranial Facial Reconstruction
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance
Stardust Non-Profit Building Supplies, Inc.
Starlight Children's Foundation
STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services)
Steve Nash Foundation
Summer Youth Fund
Suns Nite Hoops
Swift Charities
Taken Too Soon, Inc.
Teach For America
Teen Lifeline, Inc.
Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services
The Boys & Girls Club of Sierra Vista, Inc.
The Haven
The Melonhead Foundation
The Neighborhood Christian Clinic
The New Foundation
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Sun Cities West Valley Corps
The Tom Crawford's Leadership Children's Foundation
The WellCare Foundation
The Wellness Community - Arizona (TWC-AZ)
Thunderbird Charities
Time Out Inc.
Tu Nidito Children and Family Services
Tucson Centers for Women and Children dba Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
UMOM New Day Centers
United Food Bank
University Medical Center Foundation
University of Arizona Foundation
University of Arizona on behalf of the Steele Children's Research Center and PANDA
Valley of Sun YMCA
Valley Youth Theatre
Wesley Community Center, Inc.
West Valley Arts Council
WiL Power Challenge
World Hunger Ecumenical Arizona Task Force, Inc dba WHEAT
Young Arts Arizona Ltd