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Arizona Community Foundation donors distribute $22.2 million in second quarter grants, scholarships, and loans

The Arizona Community Foundation and its donors are pleased to announce grant, scholarship, and loan distributions for the second quarter of its fiscal year. Between July 1 and September 30, 2019, a total of $22,213,871 was awarded from funds of the Arizona Community Foundation and its six statewide Affiliates in Cochise, Flagstaff, the Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma.

Funds totaling $15,163,871 in both discretionary and advised grants and scholarships were awarded in five strategic priority areas: Health Innovations, Community Improvement & Development, Environment & Sustainability, Arts & Culture, and Quality Education.

Health Innovations: 

A total of $3.9 million was awarded to 426 organizations and programs in the areas of health, health care, medical research, and a variety of human services. Among the distributions for the quarter was $25,000 from The 2-1-1 Community Fund to support the cost of child abuse prevention training.


The Robert Cialdini and Bobette Gorden Family Foundation provided $15,433 to the Phoenix Zoo in support of its ZooReach Program. ZooReach provides school and teacher programs to Title 1 schools grades K-12 that have at least 50 percent of their entire student population in a free or reduced lunch program. The grant was recommended by Robert Cialdini and Bobette Gorden’s grandchildren, Hailey, Dawson, and Leia, following a presentation from the Zoo at their Family Philanthropy Retreat in August.  


Community Improvement & Development:

A total of $2.1 million was awarded to 148 programs in this category, which includes housing, community and neighborhood development, financial literacy training, legal assistance, and crime prevention programs. Among the grants awarded this quarter were: $25,000 from the Open Society Foundation Program Fund to support Poder In Action’s Freedom Phoenix Coalition for the purpose of increasing civic participation; $21,000 from the Flagstaff Community Fund to support Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona’s Sharon Manor Transitional Housing Program; and $6,600 from the Colette & Charles B. McGarvie Designated Fund for The Hopi Foundation to provide scholarships for Hopi educational programs, community colleges, or four-year university degrees.

Environment & Sustainability:

A total of $475,422 was awarded to 84 organizations and programs in the areas of environmental education, renewable resources, conservation, and animal welfare. Among the distributions for the quarter were: $50,560 from the Richard H. Whitney Fund for the Common Good to invest in the Sedona Red Rock Trail Endowment Fund; $25,000 from the Robert B. Jannenga Charitable Trust to support the Foundation for the Conservation of Arizona’s Wildlife’s Wildlife for Tomorrow program; and $15,433 from the Robert Cialdini and Bobette Gorden Family Foundation to support the Phoenix Zoo’s Zoo Reach Program.



  Through an investment of $50,000 from the Helios Education Foundation, $35,000 from ACF’s Census 2020 fund, and $50,000 from the Phoenix IDA Community Development Fund, ACF has collaborated to fund the NALEO Educational Fund’s Census 2020 work. Founded in 1981, NALEO Educational Fund achieves its mission through integrated strategies that include increasing the effectiveness of Latino policymakers, mobilizing the Latino community to engage in civic life, and promoting policies that advance Latino political engagement. In relation to the census, NALEO Educational Fund educates policymakers about the need for sound and cost-effective planning for Census 2020.



Arts & Culture:

A total of $1 million was awarded to 111 artistic and cultural organizations across Arizona. Among the grants were: $25,000 from the John and Hermine Ruddock Charitable Fund for educational lectures and films at the Scottsdale Museum of the West; $10,000 from the Steve & Chris Warsaw Foundation in support of Arizona Musicfest scholarships and related programs for young musicians and children; and $60,000 total from both the John & Delys Ellis Fund and The Ingebritson Family Foundation to support The Launch Pad Teen Center’s Kolbe Index and Youth Efficacy Assessment.

Quality Education:

During this quarter, a total of $6.4 million was awarded in scholarships and education-related grants. Among the grants were: $15,789 from the Nilsen Family Fund for undergraduate scholarships at the University of Arizona Health Sciences College of Nursing and $135,000 total from both the Census 2020 Fund and the Phoenix IDA Community Development Fund to support the NALEO Educational Fund’s Arizona 2020 Census Get Out the Count program.

College scholarships accounted for $3.5 million of the quarter’s total and were awarded for the benefit of 1,213 students pursuing higher education. College scholarships are awarded to Arizona students to attend a wide range of colleges, universities, and technical schools in Arizona and across the United States.

Additional distribution details

In addition to these grants, 23 nonprofit organizations with agency endowments managed by the Arizona Community Foundation received their annual distributions during the second quarter of ACF’s fiscal year, accounting for the remaining $1.3 million distributed during the quarter.  

The $15.2 million awarded across all categories represents 2,260 grants and scholarships. Some grants are awarded at the discretion of the Arizona Community Foundation with input from board committees and diverse community panels, while others are awarded through donor advice. All grants are approved or ratified by ACF’s Philanthropic Services Committee whose members include ACF board representatives and other community leaders.

Community Impact Loan Fund

Through its Community Impact Loan Fund, the Arizona Community Foundation has invested an additional $7 million in loan funding to four nonprofit construction projects.

Desert Botanical Garden received a $1 million loan to renovate, improve, and enlarge their onsite restaurant Gertrude’s, adding storage, three new ADA-compliant restrooms, shaded areas, and other improvements.

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN Foundation for Senior Living received a $4 million loan to construct the Glendale Adult Day Care Center for Seniors, which will provide supportive and supervisory services for older adults.

Native American Connections received a $1.5 million loan to construct the Dunlap Wellness Center, providing services for behavioral health and recovery options for clients with alcohol and drug addiction.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue received a $550,000 loan to renovate and improve their existing site to expand services to serve the needs of abandoned pets, providing medical, foster, and temporary care and adoption.

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