Community Funds

Charitable donations are collected in a Community Fund to serve a broad array of needs within a defined geographic area.

A savings account for the community

Community Funds are endowments, permanent funds in which the principal is invested, with a portion of the returns awarded locally as grants and scholarships. The Fund continues to grow forever, creating a permanent source of financial support for local needs.

Community Funds are developed by local residents and built with gifts from many people, corporations and service organizations. They are guided by a local steering committee that is empowered to award grants.

Creating a Community Fund

  • $25,000 minimum to establish the fund
  • $100,000 balance required before grants are awarded from the fund
  • A local steering committee that is committed to the fund's growth

Local support for nonprofit organizations

Three Community Funds serve the Gila Valley area.

Graham County Community Fund

The Graham County Community Fund was established in May of 1997 with a gift from Freeport McMoRan Inc. The fund holds large and small gifts from donors for the enduring benefit of Graham County and its residents.

Greenlee Fund

Thanks to a generous donation from the Duncan Valley Electric Cooperative, the Greenlee Fund was established in October of 2012. The Fund holds large and small gifts from donors for the enduring benefit of Greenlee County, Virden and Red Rock.

Safford Community Fund

The Safford Community Fund was established to aid and assist charitable, scientific, educational, health and arts organizations within the City of Safford, as well as to provide perpetual support for community projects and programs.

Thatcher Community Fund

The Thatcher Community Fund was established to aid and assist charitable, scientific, educational, health and arts organizations within the Town of Thatcher, as well as to provide perpetual support for community projects and programs.