Arizona Gives Day to aid local nonprofits
The Yuma Community Foundation (YCF) and the Yuma Area Nonprofit Institute (YANPI) are committed to supporting area nonprofits in the goal of providing philanthropic services to the community.
YCF is a 19-year-old permanent philanthropic endowment for the enduring benefit of the community. It secures, manages and allocates donors' gifts for charitable purposes in the community, while working to improve the quality of life for local residents. Formed in 1993, YCF is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization and was one of the Arizona Community Foundation's first affiliates. Since then, YCF has established 51 funds with a total asset value of more than $8 million.
YANPI acts as an unofficial “chamber of commerce” for the Yuma County nonprofit community by serving, supporting and promoting them with training and networking opportunities. YANPI promotes nonprofits with a wide range of community interests including environmental, health, political, animals, poverty and education.
The Yuma Community Foundation (YCF) and the Yuma Area Nonprofit Institute (YANPI) encourage Yuma-area residents to participate in the inaugural Arizona Gives Day on March 20.
The one-day, online-giving event will allow residents to contribute to any Arizona nonprofit of their choice. AZ Gives Day is being coordinated through a partnership between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.
The donations will help bolster the revenue Yuma-area nonprofits use in order to continue their philanthropic services in the community, even as traditional sources of income plunge because of the struggling economy.
Donations “are particularly important at this time,” said Janell Johnson, who sits on the marketing committee for AZ Gives Day and will soon take over as regional manager for YCF. Judy Gresser currently serves as regional manager, but will retire on March 29.
“Donations made through AZ Gives Day can help to fill those critical gaps in already stressed and stretched budgets,” Janell continued. “In many cases, federal and state grants have been significantly reduced or cut entirely.”
During AZ gives day, residents can make donations to the nonprofit of their choice. There are currently about 30 Yuma-area nonprofits signed up for the event.
“Giving can be at any level,” Johnson noted. “The minimum contribution is $10 but the sky's the limit. Donations made on AZ Gives Day will help nonprofits rally volunteers, change lives, build leaders, develop networks, and much more. Right here in Yuma, we have a chance to make history.”
Yuma residents can give donations online at azgives.razoo.com between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on March 20. The donations are tax deductible.
For more information, log onto www.azgives.org. Residents can follow the progress of the campaign at Facebook.com/ArizonaGivesDay or on Twitter (@azgives).
AZ Gives Day provides nonprofits throughout the state with access to fundraising resources they otherwise would not have, Johnson said.
“Fundraising is very expensive and AZ Gives Day is a way to utilize the resources that the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers Forum have pulled together in the form of marketing, technical assistance and education. This banding together is a historical effort in Arizona, although it has proven to be hugely successful elsewhere, raising millions of dollars in just one day.”
It is Johnson's hope AZ Gives Day will “attract brand-new donors who may not have otherwise participated” in giving donations to nonprofits, Johnson said. “It will also bring attention to new, worthwhile nonprofits who may not even have a fundraising budget.”
Yuma residents should participate in the event and donate to a nonprofit of their choice because “growing and thriving communities understand the importance of working together to improve the quality of life for their residents,” Johnson added. “Contributions made to our wonderful local nonprofits provide the dollars that allow them to make that growth a reality. Their programs benefit all of us.”
A look at some of the Yuma-area nonprofits participating in AZ Gives Day -
• Achieve Human Services
• Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona
• Amberly's Place
• Arizona Western College Foundation
• Assistance League of Yuma
• Ballet Yuma
• Center for the Future of Arizona
• Child & Family Services of Yuma
• Crossroads Mission
• Foundation of Yuma Regional Medical Center
• Freedom Library
• Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
• Habitat for Humanity International
• Healing Journey
• Hospice of Yuma
• Humane Society of Yuma
• Saddles of Joy
• Services Maximizing Independent Living & Empowerment (SMILE)
• United Way of Yuma County
• Yuma Ballet Theatre & Performing Arts Company
• Yuma Catholic High School
• Yuma Community Food Bank
• Yuma Conservation Garden
• Yuma Council for Casa
• Yuma Fine Arts Association
• Yuma Orchestra Association
Chris McDaniel can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6849.