AZ Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation spread nearly $1.2 million among 40 community organizations in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa and Tempe during the first quarter of its fiscal year ending June 30.

Individual grants ranged from $477,913 to the Arizona State University Foundation for scholarship programs to $250 each for the Chandler Lions Club and Tempe’s University Presbyterian Church.

The Arizona Community Foundation manages more than 1,600 funding accounts created by individuals, couples, families, businesses or groups. It awarded a total of more than $11.2 million to groups that are active in one of its targeted areas: health innovations, quality education, arts and culture, community improvement and development, and environment.

In the East Valley, three other Chandler organizations besides the Lions shared in a total $42,150. They were Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods ($21,000), Club One ($8,000) and Resilientme Inc. (12,900). Resilientme helps young people transition into adulthood and Club One is a Chandler YMCA-sponsored volleyball program.

Two Gilbert organizations received grants. Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation received $1,000 to continue its work as a domestic violence prevention and treatment program, and the Gilbert Education Foundation got $2,900.

In Mesa, 15 organizations shared $247,395 in grants, with the largest going to the Children First Academy of Tempe. The academy, which received $62,259, recently moved to the Sequoia Schools’ main campus in Mesa.

Another Mesa recipient was the Child Crisis Arizona Center ($37,000). Other awards given were $31,750 for One True Love, to continue its mission of operating a food truck serving homeless people; $27,000 for Montessori International School’s scholarship program; and $25,000 to Oakwood Creative Care, which runs day programs for adults with cognitive and physical challenges.

Also in Mesa, Save the Family Foundation of Arizona and Lions Camp Tatiyee each received $15,000. Grants over $5,000 went to Mesa Aquatic Club ($9,059), A New Leaf ($5,250), and Mesa Arts Center ($5,000).

Good Earth Montessori School received $7,602 for scholarships. The grants to the two Montessori schools in Mesa is for student scholarships and comes from a foundation fund that a Valley couple established for Montessori preschools and teacher development, said Megan Brownell, the foundation’s chief brand and impact officer.

The foundation gave a total $855,196 to 18 Tempe organizations. Besides the ASU Foundation, other big recipients included: Friends of Public Radio Arizona (238,280), Arizona Nurses Association ($40,000), and American Heart Association (15,496).

Other large grants in Tempe were received by Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation ($13,800), Muscular Dystrophy Association ($10,735), Future for Kids ($10,000) and Tempe Public Library ($9,800).

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