A nonprofit organization’s 501(c)(3) status must have been in operation for a minimum of three years.
Yes, if the funds requested are used within Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and the entity has an independent governing body that is responsible for funding and governance in Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area and has provided programming in Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area for a minimum of two years.
Thunderbirds Charities does not support sectarian religious activities or sectarian religious facilities. However, churches and other religious organizations may submit proposals if their activities benefit the larger community and decisions to accept clients are not made on the basis of religious belief and/or affiliation.
Thunderbirds Charities only accepts requests from organizations serving Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area, unless the project/program serves primarily Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area residents. Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area is defined as Maricopa and Pinal Counties.
No. Only one organization should submit the proposal, but a letter of collaboration from the other organization should be included.
No. Thunderbirds Charities will accept only one proposal per year from the parent organization. For these purposes, the “parent organization” generally refers to that entity to which the IRS has issued a Section 501(c)(3) determination letter.
Yes, Thunderbirds Charities will consider requests for capital support.
Yes, Thunderbirds Charities will consider requests for programming.
There is no “set” range, our grant amounts vary, depending on revenues from the WM Phoenix Open.
Yes. Because of limited funds, Thunderbirds Charities will consider offering a grant in an amount less than requested.
Organizations may submit a proposal only once per Thunderbirds Charities fiscal year. Thunderbirds Charities fiscal year is June 1 through May 31.
Thunderbirds Charities’ fiscal year is June 1 through May 31.
You may apply again to Thunderbirds Charities in the next fiscal year.
No. Thunderbirds Charities only accepts proposals submitted electronically through its website.
Once the funding deadline has occurred, it takes approximately 4 months for notification to occur. Fall Funding Cycle deadline is September 1st with notification to occur approximately mid-December. Spring Funding Cycle deadline is March 1st with notification to occur approximately mid-June.
The most common factors that might cause ineligibility during grant review process are:
- Organization’s IRS Form 990/ 990-EZ is older than 15 months from the date of application. (See Form 990 dates here.)
- Financial statements requested are older than 15 months and 27 months, respectively. (See Financials dates here.)
- Organization budget spreadsheet not submitted in comparable columns as requested. (See example of organizational budget here.)
- Project/Program budget spreadsheet not submitted in comparable columns as requested. (See example of program budget here.)
Thunderbirds Charities Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 15 members: 10 are Thunderbirds, the remaining 5 are community-at-large members.
Please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org your question or phone 602-870-0163 and ask for the charity department during any stage of the grant application process for questions or clarification of the grant request guidelines.