Coming off a record-breaking outcome in 2019 when Arizona Gives Day raised $3.6 million for nonprofits across the state, registration and re-enrollment is now open for Arizona nonprofits interested in participating in the 2020, 24-hour online fundraising event, set for April 7.
Arizona Gives Day is an annual giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving. The event helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all.
Re-enrollment is required annually and can be completed at www.AzGives.org before March 2. Registration deadline for new nonprofits is Feb. 24. Since 2013, Arizona Gives Day has raised more than $17 million for nonprofits statewide.
Presented by FirstBank, one of the nation’s largest privately held banks with a focus on “banking for good” Arizona Gives Day is hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum.
“Individuals, businesses and communities joined together last year to make a dramatic difference for nonprofit agencies doing great work across our state and we want to build on that momentum by engaging even more nonprofits and donors this year,” said Arizona Alliance of Nonprofits Chief Executive Officer Kristen Merrifield. “Our ultimate goal is to provide critically important donations that enable Arizona nonprofits of every size to continue doing what they do so well in communities across the state.”
Information required for registration and re-enrollment includes general information about the nonprofit; IRS Determination Letter; the most current completed financials through Form 990 or the organization’s operating budget; and a bank account and routing number for electronic distribution of donations.
“Arizona Gives Day offers a number of significant options for both nonprofits and donors including the ability for year-round giving and for donors to create personal fundraising campaigns,” Merrifield said.
Changes implemented for 2020 campaign:
• A better user experience on the back end, including a new dashboard.
• Notifications for failed or disputed donations.
• Adjustments to the size categories for the prize pool which reached $180,000 last year, and
• Weekly status updates to remind organizations to submit their profiles.
Nonprofits registering or re-registering for Arizona Gives Day 2020 also will find:
• A “roadmap” to guide nonprofits through the registration process.
• The opportunity to submit support requests online.
• The ability for organizations to include any matching grant amount and their fundraising goal on their profile page.
• The opportunity for their biggest fans and donors to create their own fundraising page.
A full explanation of improvements and answers to important questions about Arizona Gives Day can be found at www.AZGives.org.
For interested donors, AzGives.org offers an advanced search filter to find nonprofits by specific criteria, area of focus, and which donations may qualify as an Arizona tax credit.
Donors also can create an account to pre-schedule donations or can check out as a guest, set up recurring donations, and make changes to their giving throughout the year.
“We want to make giving as easy as possible,” Merrifield said.
AZGives.org will provide a toolkit and templates for participating nonprofits to assist in outreach through social media, email, and news releases. It also will offer training videos, promotional graphics, logos, best-practices guides, and successful fundraising strategies used by other nonprofits. For more information, visit www.azgives.org.
Contacts:• Jennifer Purcell, [email protected], (602) 279-9166 • Kate Crowley, Crowley Communications, (480) 277-4178 • Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040
About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits: The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit www.arizonanonprofits.org, or email [email protected]
About the Arizona Grantmakers Forum: Arizona Grantmakers Forum is the statewide network that connects, educates and advocates for Arizona philanthropy. Its mission is to empower members to transform Arizona through leadership and meaningful philanthropy. Member organizations make financial grants to nonprofit organizations throughout the state and represent the interests of private foundations, trusts, endowed community foundations, corporations, government agencies and individuals with organized charitable gift programs. About FirstBank: FirstBank began providing banking services in Colorado in 1963. Today, the bank maintains more than $18 billion in assets and operates more than 115 branch locations across Colorado, Arizona and California. FirstBank offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, home equity loans, mortgages, and a full range of commercial banking services, including financing, treasury management and deposit accounts. Since 2000, FirstBank has been recognized as a leader in corporate philanthropy, contributing more than $60 million and thousands of volunteer hours to charitable organizations. The company is also unique in that a majority of its stock is owned by management and employees. For more information, visit www.efirstbank.com.