On April 5th, 2016 the nonprofits in Arizona will be coming out of the woodwork, buzzing with news. Other than the fact that it’s Pharrell Williams’ birthday, why is this day so important? Every year, The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits throws the Arizona Gives Day, which happens to be tomorrow. The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is an action-oriented group of partners across the state – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofits, and they’re doing just that.
Arizona Gives Day, on the other hand, is a 24 hour online donation experience that unites Arizonans around causes they believe in. Last year alone, over 17,000 people donated a total of $2,054,417 to nonprofits throughout Arizona, with an average of $86 donated per person. In addition, about 800 nonprofits are expected to participate in this year’s Arizona Gives Day, which is a 28% increase from last year’s event. Last year, there was also a 25% increase in donations, which is thought to be because of an increase in interest of Arizonans to support the nonprofit sector, Kristen Merrifield, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits suggests.
Because of our amazing donors, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness raised $21,380 dollars from 179 donations. Due to raising so much money, we got 5th place in total donations received, causing us to receive an additional $4,000 prize. Through last year’s donations, AZCEH was able to put donations specifically for the Arizona Veteran StandDown Alliance toward the annual Arizona Veteran StandDowns held throughout the state as well as putting unspecified donations towards AZCEH’s efforts in ending homelessness through legislative, policy, and education activities.
This year, we are setting the ambitious goal of $10,000 raised, but we can’t do it without your help. Please consider donating to the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness so we can further support and advocate for Arizona’s homeless and homeless service providers throughout Arizona. If you would like to schedule a donation, please click here.