Devin Booker Starting Five

Phoenix Suns Charities introduced the "Devin Booker Starting Five" in 2019, an initiative that recognizes five local nonprofit organizations with a $100,000 grant to continue improving the lives of youth and families in need throughout Arizona. This has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Phoenix Suns Guard Devin Booker, who announced a $2.5M donation to Phoenix Suns Charities over five years.

Local nonprofit organizations that have received a program grant from Phoenix Suns Charities in the past are encouraged to apply for funding by submitting an engaging 3 to 5 minute video for an impact project that can be executed within the year of receiving the grant.

Since inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities has been focused on making our community a better place through its mission of supporting children and family services throughout Arizona and has distributed more than $35 million to local non-profits and organizations in need. The entire Suns organization has embedded itself locally by supporting community efforts through hundreds of player appearances and thousands of volunteer hours by Suns players and staff.

Video Examples

Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine
Valley of the Sun YMCA

Devin Booker Starting Five Grant Guidelines

Applications and video submissions are due by 5:00 pm on August 15, 2022.
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Organizations must be able to:

1. Describe the project request. State clearly what you will be using Phoenix Suns Charities funds for, specifically.

2. Include at least one, up to six, of the intended outputs you plan to accomplish with this proposed project. Each output should simply state the number of lives that have access to your programs and how they have access to those programs. For example: serve 100 children between the ages of 5 and 18. Note: For final reporting purposes, you will be asked to provide actual outputs (the results) that reflect the degree to which the goals you established have been realized.

3. Incorporate the Devin Booker Starting Five & Phoenix Suns Charities logos, including but without limitation, the length of time the logos will be displayed. Also, include the prominence of the logos. The Phoenix Suns or Phoenix Suns Charities brand MUST be able to accompany the delivery of the project/improvement. Please visit the Devin Booker Starting Five Examples here to fully understand visual expectations. Branding budget must be included in this proposal.

What other content will the review committee members want to see?

The rubric will be based on access, reach, and if the organization’s mission aligns with the Phoenix Suns Charities mission in serving families in need. Priority will be given to organizations able to execute project through the lens of the sport, or business of basketball. The committee loves to see projects promoting the play of basketball!
No more than 5 minutes. If video goes over 5 minutes, it will result in an automatic denial. No exceptions.
Our hope is organizations will not spend any funds on this video. Past videos were shot on an iPhone and edited in iMovie. The cost was $0. Reach out to your networks for assistance. Interns and volunteers are great resources!
No. The committee prefers to view authentic videos that focus on content, rather than production value.
Some examples are: Adobe Premiere Pro, Windows Movie Maker, Magisto, Lightworks, VSDC Free Video Editor, DaVinci Ressolve, Filmora, Freemake, iMovie, Clipchamp, HitFilm Express, Blender, Media 100, Hippo Video, Media Compressor, Camtasia, WeVideo, Final Cut Pro X, PowerDirector, and Machete.
Video Submission:

1. Be sure to complete all of the form fields and start to produce your video in a timely manner.

2. Name your video and video title field the exact same. (this is very important)

3. At the video section of the form you will have the option to either submit your URL link or use a Box file request

4. URL Link: Provide a video link to your hosted video

5. BOX: Upload your video to our file request software

Phoenix Suns Charities was founded in 1988 with the mission to enhance the lives of children in need throughout Arizona. Due to the generosity of fans and partners, and underwriting by the team, Phoenix Suns Charities distributes more than $1.5M annually to hundreds of local diverse communities impacting more than 400,000 children annually. Since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than $35M to worthy Arizona organizations focusing on programs that support basketball & recreation, education & career development, and healthcare.

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