Suns Charities: Our Mission
Since 1968, the Phoenix Suns have been an important part of our community. From hospital visits by players, to sponsorship of a multitude of community programs, to basketball court renovations, our pledge has always been: The community owes us nothing. It’s up to us to go out and earn their respect.
Phoenix Suns Charities was the vision of Phoenix Suns Chairman and CEO Jerry Colangelo. Upon his purchase of the team in 1987, he began to assemble a board of community leaders to oversee the formation and operation of a charitable effort that would reflect the Suns mission to be a constant leader in improving the quality of life in our community. The Suns new managing partner, Robert Sarver, has embraced the charity and pledged to help expand the impact of Phoenix Suns Charities around the state of Arizona.
The foundation was incorporated in 1989 with the mission to benefit organizations that assist the needs of children in Arizona. Due to the generosity of fans and sponsors, and underwriting by the team, Phoenix Suns Charities has experienced steady growth and now distributes more than a million dollars annually to hundreds of local charities. Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than ten million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations.
Funds are raised throughout the NBA season through special events such as the Suns & Stars Gala, the Suns Golf Classic; through scoreboard messages presented at Suns home games; game night auctions and sales; and through special projects such as Suns license plates. Finally, many generous fans and community organizations designate Phoenix Suns Charities as the recipient of their giving.