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Arizona Gives Day – A spotlight on Southeast Valley organizations in need

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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 5:25 am | Updated: 3:50 pm, Tue Mar 26, 2013.

Today, nearly 850 nonprofits statewide have joined with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits (Alliance) and Arizona Grantmakers Forum to participate in the first-ever Arizona Gives Day.

Presented by FirstBank, this 24-hour online initiative, which started at midnight and continues until 11:59 p.m., encourages Arizonans to recognize and financially support the efforts of various nonprofits from all over the state.

The Gives Day movement began in Minnesota four years ago as a way to increase individual giving and help nonprofits raise awareness about their cause. Each year since, these initiatives have seen increased success and have helped countless organizations continue to provide the services and programs their communities need. Today, Gives Days are becoming increasingly more popular, leading many other states like Colorado, Georgia, Alabama and now Arizona to expand the “flash-mob type” movement into their own states. Organizers of the Arizona Gives Day hope to see the same successful response.

Eager to encourage the initiative, FirstBank– with locations in the Southeast Valley – has committed $150,000 in incentive funding for the inaugural event. This incentive funding will be shared with the nonprofits that meet certain milestones throughout the 24-hour period. Such things as most donors in an hour, most donors overall, etc. will net out the given nonprofit additional funding from the campaign.

According to Marissa Theisen, president and CEO of Arizona Grantmakers Forum, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help the state’s nonprofits:

• Rally volunteers

• Change lives

• Build leaders

• Develop networks

• Fight for rights

• Create scholarships

• Champion critical community causes

Among theparticipating nonprofit organizations statewide are more than 60 headquartered in the Southeast Valley, including:

Desert Willow Environmental Education Center – Chandler

Provides environmental educational outreach to the Southeast Valley community in order to enhance environmental knowledge and develop responsible stewardship of natural resources.

Furever Friends Rescue – Gilbert

Provides assistance toindividuals either too sick or at the end of their lives with rehoming their pets, thereby reducing the number of animal intakes and euthanasia in Maricopa and Pinal Counties.

Community Bridges – Mesa

Provides a full continuum of substance abuse and mental health treatment; lifesaving interventions; support for women and children; outreach to help the homeless; and community-based prevention and education services for youth and families.

Pad de Vida Foundation – Queen Creek

Provides services that promote self-sufficiency, education and equality to those in need in the San Tan Valley and Queen Creek.

Junior Achievement of Arizona – Tempe

Provides young people preparations for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.

To join this movement, simply visit www.AZGives.org before 11:59 p.m. tonight, click “Donate,” choose your nonprofit of choice and give away. Please note there is a $10 minimum donation.

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