PHOENIX – Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – awarded $3.9 million in grants to 71 Valley charities during its fall 2018 funding cycle. Most notably, Thunderbirds Charities granted $400,000 to Phoenix Children’s Hospital (PCH), $350,000 to Barrow Neurological Foundation, $335,000 to St. Vincent De Paul, $200,000 to Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, and $172,000 to United Food Bank. Thunderbirds Charities has now opened its 2019 spring funding cycle. Information about the fall and spring funding cycles can be found at “Without a doubt, giving back to our communities is the most fulfilling thing about what we do as tournament hosts,” said Carlos Sugich, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re extremely proud and thrilled to give these grants to deserving organizations around the Valley. It’s an honor to see how the funds raised from the WM Phoenix Open impacts those in need in our community.” The $400,000 donation to Phoenix Children’s Hospital went toward funding the expansion of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU). The hospital is doubling the size of the CVICU from 24 to 48 beds and acquiring […] More

Thunderbirds Charities Grants $10K to Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation

            Hospice DreamCatcher Foundation Inc. (“DreamCatchers”) is excited to announce receipt of a $10K grant from the Thunderbird Charities. These funds will support the expansion and growth of DreamCatchers in Maricopa County.  Local high school and college students set up DreamCatchers chapters at their school, partner with a local hospice, and set about granting the final Dreams of hospice patients. With the Thunderbird Charities grant, DreamCatchers can start more chapters, allowing for the fulfillment of many more end-of-life Dreams for hospice patients throughout the Valley.  Both young and old see tremendous benefit in connecting together through DreamCatchers, enriching lives and widening intergenerational perspectives all while having a fun experience. Caitlin Crommett, the founder and president of DreamCatchers, states, “We are incredibly excited and grateful for the support provided through this grant by the Thunderbird Charities. We will now have the capacity to increase our presence here in Maricopa County- our home county- and impact more hospice patients and young students in the area. We are proud to be based in such a supportive community, and can’t wait to make a greater difference than ever with the support of the Thunderbirds.” “We’re extremely happy to help Hospice DreamCatcher […] More

Thunderbirds Charities Funds New Classrooms for Child Crisis Arizona’s Mesa Facility!

Child Crisis Arizona was able to expand its Early Education Services, in partnership with Maricopa County Head Start, due in part to a generous grant from Thunderbird Charities. The gift enables Child Crisis Arizona to remodel a portion of its Mesa facility to house two classroom spaces for 40 four- and five-year-old children, and construct child-size bathrooms and Head Start staff offices. The Head Start program is a collaboration with Maricopa County Head Start to provide educational services to children who are aging out of the Early Head Start program yet are too young to start Kindergarten. The remodeled 4,300-square-foot Head Start classroom space is located at the Child Crisis Arizona Mesa campus, in the same building as the Early Head Start program. The one- to three-year-olds in the Early Head Start program have demonstrated a measurable, positive difference in achievement; therefore, giving children an opportunity to continue their education in a Head Start program will help better prepare them for success in Kindergarten. The two new classrooms are located in the same building where Child Crisis Arizona hosts parent education classes, community workshops and family activities. “We could not be more thankful to Thunderbird Charities for their ongoing support,” […] More

Maricopa Health Foundation Receives $50,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Funds to benefit the Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence Program and Refugee Women’s Clinic at Maricopa Integrated Health System Thunderbirds Charities has awarded the Maricopa Health Foundation a $50,000 grant to benefit both the Mariposa: Wings to Safety Domestic Violence program and Refugee Women’s Health Clinic at Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).  The grant supports a health provider cross-training bridge program designed to expand the effectiveness and reach of two critical programs for women and children. Mariposa: Wings to Safety is a hospital-based family violence advocacy program raising awareness and providing support to families affected by domestic violence, including child abuse and neglect.  The unique program provides crisis intervention, patient education and prevention programs to families throughout Maricopa County. Mariposa: Wings to Safety Advocates are available 365 days-a-year to provide screenings and assistance. During the program’s 12 years, it has served more than 4,800 women and families affected by domestic violence and educated more than 50,000. “Health education and a safe place to seek help is something every mother, child and family deserves,” said Carlos Sugich President, Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re pleased to help increase the impact of these two important women’s health programs and continue our support of MIHS […] More

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Katie Stringham (480) 241-7128 Chandler, AZ (September 10, 2018) – A recent grant awarded to ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth from Thunderbirds Charities will support the organization’s Youth Development Program. Over 80% of ICAN families report poverty-level incomes and 90% of youth qualify for free/reduced meals. ICAN’s Youth Development Program seeks to accomplish five goals: improve life skills; increase resilience to avoid involvement in risky behaviors; improve academic achievement; prepare teens for college/careers; and increase community attachment through regular service work. “ICAN is honored to have been chosen by Thunderbirds Charities for support of our Youth Development Program. This program is ICAN’s core focus, providing life skills training to youth with the goal of breaking the cycle of poverty and providing them with a brighter future,” stated ICAN’s Chief Executive Officer, Shelby Pedersen. “The Thunderbirds are proud to support ICAN’s Youth Development program,” said Thunderbirds Charities President Carlos Sugich. “They’re teaching our youth essential life skills, and we are happy to help their efforts.” ICAN welcomes over 500 youth a year with free programs, including meals and transportation. ICAN youth live in low income neighborhoods and face a number of daily risk factors, including chronic poverty, […] More

Thunderbirds Charities Donates to K2 Adventures Foundation Programs

K2 Adventures Foundation would like to thank Thunderbirds Charities for their generous donation to our organization’s local programs. Our local Arizona programs would not be possible without the donations of local charities such as Thunderbirds Charities. More

Fall 2018

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Esperanҫa Announces Thunderbirds Charities Grant

Esperanҫa is proud to announce a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, in support of its Health Literacy Programs for At-Risk, Low-Income Latino Children and Adults. More

Thunderbirds Charities Funds Victim’s Services Program

Every 22 minutes someone becomes the victim of a violent crime in Arizona. When victims do not have the opportunity to get help, many turn to substances or struggle with overwhelming feelings and suicidal thoughts. More

MIM Receives Generous $50,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, recently awarded $50,000 to the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). More

About Care’s Expansion into Queen Creek Seeking Volunteers & Donors

The Board of Directors for About Care, an East Valley-based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization, are please to announce that the Thunderbirds Charities granted $25,000 to help About Care will be expanding its volunteer services to rural areas in the South East Valley. More

Thunderbirds Donate $200,000 to Child Crisis Arizona

Thunderbirds Charities recently donated $200,000 to Child Crisis Arizona – an organization dedicated to providing Arizona children a safe environment free from abuse and neglect. The funds will be used to renovate two Head-Start Classrooms and a playground which will allow Child Crisis Arizona to serve 40 additional children in their program. More

The Thunderbirds Step in to Support Local Olympian’s Dreams

Since her time as a middle schooler, Macy Eide has always dreamed about representing her country as an Olympic hockey player. Her hard worked finally paid off and her dream came true in July when she was officially asked to join the U.S. Jr. Olympic team. More

Scottsdale Arts Awarded $20K Grant for Early Childhood Education

Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach is pleased to announce a grant of $20,000 from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds, to support Arizona Wolf Trap, an arts-integrated, early childhood development program. More

Thunderbirds Charities Donates $1 Million to Special Olympics Arizona, More Than $3.1 Million to Other Valley Charities During Spring Funding Cycle

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – awarded more than $3.1 million in grants to 51 Valley charities during its 2018 spring funding cycle – including a record one-time donation of $1 million to Special Olympics Arizona for its new State Competitions Distribution and Training Center. More

2018 WM Phoenix Open | Operation Shower

A look back at one of our favorite events from the Waste Management Phoenix Open – Operation Shower at the Birdies for the Brave Patriots Outpost. Last February, 30 military moms-to-be from Luke Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca and the Arizona National Guard were honored during an Operation Shower/Birdies for the Brave group baby shower during tournament week. The moms are either active duty themselves, or the spouse of a deployed or active duty service member. Each of the honored moms received Operation Shower’s signature “Shower In A Box” – a gift of high-quality products for mothers and babies that have been donated by companies across the U.S. Beyond these tangible items, the most meaningful gift may be the unique opportunity for the moms to gain comfort and support from other military moms in the same situation. More

Thunderbirds Charities Funds Center for Cancer & Blood Disorder at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Thunderbirds Charities has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital for many years and has donated more than $2 million to the hospital for various projects to enrich the programs and facilities.  The most recent gift helped fund this outstanding new Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. We are so proud to see all of the advancements happening at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. More

Breaking Barriers at Ability 360

We love all that’s going on with our friends over at Ability 360 and watching the persistence, can-do attitude and growth of the kids involved since Thunderbirds Charities first donated money to the organization in 2006. Continue Breaking Barriers Ability 360, the sky is the limit! More

Down Syndrome Network Awards the Outstanding Foundation Award to The Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds Charities – the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – was on hand for the iCan Swim summer camp put on by the Down Syndrome Network. More

2018 Arizona Special Olympics State Games

What a great weekend with Special Olympics Arizona and the Arizona Special Olympics State Games.  The Thunderbirds are a proud supporter of this great organization and want to congratulate all of the athletes who competed in the 2018 Games!  We look forward to this event every year and can’t wait to be back in 2019. More