News & Events

Special Events & Learning Opportunities

A variety of special events, receptions, educational seminars, and workshops throughout the year keep donors, nonprofits, professional advisors, and other partners connected and engaged with ACF of the Gila Valley. We invite you to visit the News & Events section of our website for a comprehensive listing of gatherings that are currently scheduled.

ACF of the Gila Valley funding supports COVID-19 immediate relief needs

The Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley has granted funding to five local nonprofit organizations providing immediate relief during the crisis. Funding has been distributed from the Graham/Greenlee COVID-19 Community Response Fund held at the Arizona Community Foundation. Nonprofits who have received immediate relief grant funding to-date include: 

  • Easter Seals Blake Foundation
  • Hope, Inc.
  • Mt. Graham Safe House
  • Our Neighbors Farm & Pantry
  • San Carols Apache Wellness Center

Nearly 450 grants totaling over $4.7 million have been made throughout the state for immediate relief needs. You can donate to the Graham/Greenlee COVID-19 Community Response Fund by selecting the ‘Gila Valley’ tab. If your organization is in need of funding, apply here. For more information, contact Regional Philanthropic Coordinator Colin Shannon at 520.505.3678.

ACF commits $50,000 in matching funds in response to COVID-19

The Arizona Community Foundation has announced that it will match the first $50,000 in gifts to its Graham/Greenlee COVID-19 Community Response Fund, dollar-for-dollar, to assist nonprofit organizations and community groups in Graham and Greenlee counties who are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The community response fund will support the health and well-being of our friends and neighbors most directly affected by COVID-19 ,” said Angie Laskarides, Regional Director, ACF of the Gila Valley. “While we remain hopeful that preventative measures will minimize the spread of the outbreak in southeast Arizona, the time to act is now.” 

Gifts to this fund will be restricted to support local nonprofits facing an increased demand for services from clients and communities as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. ACF of the Gila Valley is committed to working with other funding partners and community collaborators to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving community needs in order to support gaps not covered by state or federal relief funding. All contributions will be distributed to nonprofit organizations swiftly as needs arise.

To contribute to the Graham/Greenlee AZ COVID-19 Community Response Fund, visit and select the ‘Gila Valley’ tab. Contributions to this fund will support organizations throughout Graham and Greenlee counties.

Local nonprofits in need of financial support in response to the spread of COVID-19 are encouraged to visit

Earlier this month, ACF established a statewide fund to support nonprofits as they serve those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. Since its establishment, the fund has doubled in size to over $1 million, thanks in large part to a generous $500,000 gift from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation last week. As the local affiliate of ACF, ACF of the Gila Valley is able to tap into these statewide resources, while ensuring local donations support needs within our service area.

For more information, contact Angie Laskarides at or call 520.439.0595.

Annual grants celebration honors nonprofits and volunteers serving Graham and Greenlee counties

The annual Gila Valley Grants Celebration hosted by the Arizona Community Foundation of the Gila Valley honored local organizations and leaders who work everyday to improve the lives of residents of Graham and Greenlee counties. The event was held on September 17, 2019 and culminated in the awarding of over $33,000 in grants to the following organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Club of the Gila Valley
  • Desert Cat Rescue & Sanctuary
  • Gila Valley Arts Council
  • Graham County Interfaith Alliance
  • Graham County Historical Society & Museum
  • Graham County Substance Abuse Coalition
  • Mt. Graham Safe House
  • City of Safford - Give From the Heart
  • Southeastern Arizona Clean & Beautiful
  • Tooth B.U.D.D.S., Inc.