Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Arizona Gives Day




Flagstaff Chamber Online
Arizona Gives Day
By: Chamber Member Alison Bailin Batz

This March, every single resident in Arizona (this means you!) is being asked to do one simple thing – give.

Why?

“On March 20, the state of Arizona will observe the first-ever Arizona Gives Day,” said Patrick McWhortor, president and CEO of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, who helped to develop the initiative in partnership with the Arizona Grantmakers Forum and a team of statewide leaders.

Beginning at midnight on March 20 and continuing until 11:59 p.m., Arizonans can go online at www.AZGives.org and pledge their financial support to the nonprofit of their choice. 

“Give even just a dollar, and nonprofits in Arizona can show you change,” said McWhortor. “Together, we hope to raise more than $2 million on this single day.”

According to McWhortor, donations made on Arizona Gives Day will help our nonprofits:
·         Rally volunteers
·         Change lives
·         Build leaders
·         Develop networks
·         Fight for rights
·         Champion critical community causes

In addition, our local nonprofits are hoping to use this day as a launch pad to build new relationships with donors of every shape as size as well as share their stories of impact near and far.

“It doesn’t take a John D. Rockefeller or Bill Gates-level philanthropist to be philanthropic,” said McWhortor. “During the recent economic downtimes in Arizona and beyond, individual giving has suffered. This is our chance to bring it back in a big way.”

A sampling of Northern Arizona nonprofits taking part in the effort include:
  • Humane Society of Central Arizona
  • Native Americans for Community Action
  • Hope Crisis Pregnancy Center
  • Prescott Alternative Transportation
  • Time Out, Inc.
How to Participate
Giving is as easy is 1-2-3!
1.      On March 20, visit www.AZGives.org 
2.      Click on “Donate”
3.      Choose your nonprofit of choice and give away

Every little bit will help the more than 20,000 deserving organizations statewide.

“And for those of us out there who want to give but need to be reminded, the website has a simple ‘Remind Me’ button anyone can click on right now,” said McWhortor. 

For more information, please visit www.AZGives.org

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