Suns Charitites Application
Phoenix Suns Charities introduced the "Devin Booker Starting Five" last year, an initiative in which five local nonprofit organizations will be granted $100,000 each to continue improving the lives of youth and families in need throughout Arizona. This has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Suns guard Devin Booker, who announced a $500,000 annual contribution to Phoenix Suns Charities for five years during their annual gala, THE JUMP BALL presented by Annexus, on Jan. 11, 2019. A video of Booker's announcement can be downloaded here.

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

Since its 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 $33 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
Ability360 Sports & Fitness Center
Special Olympics Arizona
Devin Booker Starting Five Grant Guidelines
Applications and video submissions are due by 5:00 pm on February 26, 2021
GUIDELINES REVIEW
Frequently Asked Questions

What information should the video include?

Organizations must be able to:

  1. Describe the program 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 impacted and how they will be impacted. 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 Suns or Suns Charities brand MUST be able to accompany the delivery of the program/improvement. Please visit Devin Booker Starting Five Examples 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 impact, reach, 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 programing through the lens of the sport, or business, of basketball. The committee loves to see programs promoting the play of basketball!

What is the required length of time for video?

No more than 5 minutes. If video goes over 5 minutes, it will result in an automatic denial. No exceptions.

How much money should our organizations spend on executing this video?

Our hope is organizations will not spend any funds on this video. The sample 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!

Will Phoenix Suns Charities give preference to larger organizations with professional videos rather than the smaller organizations who can’t portray services as well over smart phone?

No. The committee prefers to view authentic videos that focus on content, rather than production value.

What are some platforms that can help an organization edit video footage?

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.

How do I submit my video using the form?

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 end of the form you will have the option to either submit your URL link with the form or continue using Dropbox
  4. URL Link: Submit form and skip using Dropbox to upload your video
  5. DROPBOX: Submit your form without a URL link and continue to the Dropbox page to upload your video
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If you have any other questions regarding video submissions, please send questions to sunscharities@suns.com. Thank You.
We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we work through any glitches/issues during our new grant application process.
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