The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $3.7 million in grant money to sixteen local and two California-based non-profit organizations, a spokeswoman for the trust announced Wednesday.
The money will benefit a variety of programs, including those geared toward children, education and senior citizens.
Laura Magruder, executive director of the Scottsdale-based All-Star Kids Tutoring said the nearly $52,000 grant her group will be receiving incrementally throughout the year is needed to keep their organization running.
“Our one-on-one literacy program is entirely based on volunteers. We are going to put that money toward a marketing and recruitment campaign,” said Magruder of the grant that’s earmarked for a Web site re-design, publicity and brochures.
Her organization serves 200 children in Tempe, Phoenix and south Scottsdale who need help learning to read.
Over the next 12 months, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts will receive $100,000 from the Piper Trust to support an endowment For classical music.
“It’s money to put in the bank. It will help guarantee the future,” said Kathy Hotchner, vice president and director of the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Other East Valley-based non-profits receiving Piper Trust grants include the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe. The organization will use its $48,750 grant to mentor nonprofits in fund-raising.
The Chandler-based Community Services of Arizona, will dedicate its $85,000 grant to implement a cafe in the Gilbert Community Center. That organization serves economically disadvantaged people.
The Piper Trust has invested almost $218 million in local nonprofits and programs since 2000.
The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grant Recipients:
City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, $300,000/24 months
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, $100,000/12months
Best Buddies Arizona, Phoenix, $150,000/36 months
Child Abuse Prevention License Plate Program; Arizona Community Foundation, $150,000/36 months
HomeBase Youth Services, Phoenix, $18,800/12 months
Liberty Wildlife Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc., $400,000/24 months
Maricopa Council on Youth Sports and Physical Activity, $38,000/12 months
All-Star Kids Tutoring, Scottsdale, $51,500/12 months
The College Depot, Phoenix, $300,000/48 months
Banner Health Foundation, Phoenix, $1,500,000/36 months
California Institutes of Preventive Medicine, La Jolla, Ca, $9,400/12 months
Hospice of the Valley, Phoenix, $48,000/12 months
Civic Ventures, San Francisco, Ca, $250,000/12 months
Community Services of Arizona, Chandler, $85,000/12 months
Friends of the Tempe Public Library, $92,500/12 months
The Roman Catholic Church of Phoenix, $28,367/ 4 months
Arizona Planned Giving Institute, Phoenix, $87,400/24 months
Arizona State University Foundation, Tempe, $48,750/18 months