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Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation is based in Phoenix and was founded in 1976. Regional affiliates are located in Cochise, Flagstaff, Gila Valley, Sedona, Yavapai County, and Yuma. The Foundation aims to support Arizona’s communities and to create sustainable philanthropy for the state.

Regions: The Arizona Community Foundation funds projects in all areas of Arizona, including both rural and non-rural counties. Cochise County, Coconino County, Yavapai County, and Yuma County are examples of partially rural counties served.

Issues Supported: The greater proportion of grant dollars go towards issue areas like education, health, and human services. Addiction services are a specific priority of the foundation. Arts and culture, community development, environment, and philanthropy support are other funding interests.

Grant Process and Application: Completing an online application is the first step in the grant application process. Grant programs have varying deadlines. Find out more about the current grant opportunities and the application process by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: Since 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation has awarded more than $1 billion in grants. In FY 2019, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $46 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Community Bridges is a grantee based in Mesa, Arizona, with a service area that includes rural Gila County and partially rural Maricopa County. Community Bridges offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient support services, including transitional housing, for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. For example, the “Bridge” Emergency Shelter for Men is a 34-bed transitional living facility that helps men develop life skills and lead productive, sober lives.

Connie Hillman Family Foundation

The Connie Hillman Family Foundation was established in 2011 and is based in Tucson, Arizona.

Regions: The Connie Hillman Family Foundation primarily supports organizations in Arizona.

Issues Supported: The Connie Hillman Family Foundation supports organizations addressing education, family services, health, housing development, and residential care.

Grant Process and Application: The first step in the grantmaking process is to send a letter of intent. Find out more information by contacting the Foundation by phone at 520-792-1181 or by email at ladamson@duffieldlaw.com.

Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $2.8 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Exodus Community Services is a grantee located in Tucson, Arizona, in partially rural Pima County. Exodus offers sober living for men in recovery from substance use disorder. The Foundation also funds the Connie Hillman Family Foundation House, a recovery housing apartment complex in Tucson that provides life skills support and other services to mothers recovering from substance abuse.

Herrick Foundation

The Herrick Foundation is based in Detroit, Michigan, and was established in 1949 by Ray W. Herrick. Ray Herrick had founded the Tecumseh Products Company and used the wealth generated through his business to support charitable goals.

Regions: Giving is primarily focused on Michigan, though there is some grantmaking in other states such as Arizona and Ohio. Rural Michigan counties served include Emmet and Grand Traverse.

Issues Supported: The Herrick Foundation primarily supports community development initiatives and educational access and attainment.

Grant Process and Application: There are no grant application deadlines, and applications are submitted online. Find out more about the grant application process by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $7.8 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Old Pueblo Community Services located in Tucson, Arizona, in the partially rural county of Pima. The organization offers recovery programs and housing, with residential services that support sobriety and transition into society after incarceration.

H.S. Lopez Family Foundation

The H.S. Lopez Family Foundation was established in 2006 by Humberto and Czarina Lopez with assets Humberto Lopez accumulated after co-founding the company HSL Properties. The Foundation is based in Tucson, Arizona, and its mission is to improve education, health, and welfare for the communities in Southern Arizona.

Regions: The Foundation focuses funding primarily on communities in Southern Arizona. Santa Cruz is an example of a rural county served, while Maricopa, Pima, and Pinal are examples of partially rural counties served.

Issues Supported: The issue areas of focus are education, health, and serving disadvantaged populations.

Grant Process and Application: The first step in the grant process is to submit a short form outlining your organization’s information and the proposed project. Deadlines for grant applications are usually twice per year, in June and December. Learn more about the grant application process and guidelines by visiting the Foundation’s website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2020, the Foundation provided grants in the amount of $149,000.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Old Pueblo Community Services is located in the partially rural county of Pima. The organization offers recovery programs and housing, with residential services that support sobriety and transition into society after incarceration.

Mesa United Way

Mesa United Way is located in Mesa, Arizona, and was first established as the Mesa Welfare League in 1921 by community leaders driven to serve Mesa residents. In the 1940s, the name became the Mesa Community Chest before finally becoming Mesa United Way in 1964.

Regions: Mesa United Way focuses grantmaking primarily in Arizona. Rural Apache County and partially rural Maricopa County are areas of service.

Issues Supported: Mesa United Way funds programs that support economic stability, education, and health of the communities it serves.

Grant Process and Application: Find out more about the application process by visiting the Mesa United Way website, or contact the organization directly by phone at 480-969-8601or by email at media@mesaunitedway.org.

Grant-Making Per Year: In the FY 2020, Mesa United Way provided grants in the amount of $1.9 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: Community Bridges is a grantee based in Mesa, Arizona, with a service area that includes rural Gila County and partially rural Maricopa County. Community Bridges offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient support services, including transitional housing, for individuals struggling with substance use disorder. For example, the “Bridge” Emergency Shelter for Men is a 34-bed transitional living facility that helps men develop life skills and lead productive, sober lives.

Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities was established in 1986 as the giving branch of The Thunderbirds association. Thunderbirds Charities donates funds collected through the Waste Management

Phoenix Open golf tournament. Thunderbirds Charities is based in Phoenix, Arizona, and its mission is to support children, families, people in need, and quality of life.

Regions: Thunderbirds Charities serves the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, designated as Maricopa and Pinal counties. Both counties have both rural and non-rural census tracts.

Issues Supported: Thunderbirds Charities supports projects that serve at-risk populations, education, and quality of life. The issue areas receiving the most grant dollars are education, human services, and health.

Grant Process and Application: Thunderbirds Charities has two funding cycles per year, and submission deadlines are usually in March and September. Find out more information about the grant process and eligibility on the Thunderbirds Charities website.

Grant-Making Per Year: In FY 2019, Thunderbirds Charities provided grants in the amount of $9.4 million.

Recovery and Supportive Housing Grantee Example: In 2020, Thunderbirds Charities gave $75,000 to Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. The mission of Florence Crittenton Services is to support young, at-risk women in healing from trauma and living independent, healthy lives. The organization offers a Therapeutic Group Home that provides stable housing to young women struggling with substance abuse. Services include leadership and life skills development.

Arizona Opioid Settlement Funds

Total Settlement Funds in Arizona

  • $549 million

Fund Distribution

  • 56% going to local governments
  • 44% going to the state
  • $6 million will be distributed through a state grant program

Timeline

  • Funds from three distributors will be paid over 18 years
  • Funds from Johnson & Johnson will be paid over 9 years

Application Process

  • Not established

Spending So Far

  • NA

Key Contacts

  • Office of the Attorney General Mark Brnovich
  • 602-542-5025
  • AGInfo@azag.gov

Key Links

How About Your County?

To get a quick overview of the resources available in your county, including gaps that may need to be addressed, visit the Recovery Ecosystem Index Map developed through a partnership between the Fletcher Group Rural Center Of Excellence, the NORC Walsh Center at the University of Chicago, and East Tennessee State University.

This web page is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $13.7 million with 0% financed with non-governmental sources.

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