The Thunderbirds, Rebuilding Together Team Up to Help Community

Thunderbirds Charities will help Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun build a bridge to freedom for area low-income veterans, seniors, and disabled individuals with a generous donation of proceeds from the group’s annual Waste Management Phoenix Open. More

Read Better Be Better Receives $10,000 Grant From Thunderbirds

Read Better Be Better (RBBB), a Phoenix nonprofit that helps children improve literacy skills and become better learners, has received a grant totaling $10,000 from Thunderbirds Charities. The funds will be used to support the organization’s programming at Sunnyslope Elementary in the Washington Elementary School District More

Thunderbirds Charities Help to Establish an Interactive Center at Treasure House

Arizona (January 5, 2018) – Treasure House, a nonprofit supportive living community for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities slated to open in April 2018, received a $150,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities. More

A New Leaf and Thunderbirds Charities Join Forces in Effort to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

Thunderbirds Charities and A New Leaf are partnering in 2018 to combat domestic violence in Maricopa County. Devoted to helping people in need and improving the quality of life in our community, Thunderbirds Charities has awarded local nonprofit A New Leaf with a grant of $155,000 to provide immediate safety and shelter for domestic violence victims. Funding will support A New Leaf’s Faith House Women’s Crisis Shelter and Domestic Violence Safe Temporary Overflow Program (DVSTOP). More

Thunderbird Charities Awards Grant to Herberger Theater Center for Wolf Trap Program

The Thunderbird Charities recently awarded the Herberger Theater Center with a $5,000 grant for the Wolf Trap Program. The Herberger Theater Center collaborates with Center Dance Ensemble to provide Wolf Trap, a performance residency and arts field trip program targeted to approximately 800 preschool and Head Start children, ages 3-5. The arts help young children learn critical skills, including creativity, collaboration, math, language arts and imagination. The program brings performing artists into at-risk preschool and Head Start classrooms. More

Feeding Matters Awarded Thunderbirds Charities Grant

Arizona-based nonprofit Feeding Matters – the only organization in the world dedicated to advancing the research, identification, and collaborative care of pediatric feeding disorders – has received a support grant from Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. The grant will support Feeding Matters’ life-changing Power of Two program. More

Thunderbirds Charities $25,000 Contribution Supports Benevilla Home Services Program

Benevilla wishes to extend our sincerest appreciation to Thunderbirds Charities for their generous support of our organization and the people we serve. Thunderbirds Charities commitment to serving and improving our communities – backed by a $25,000 contribution – will enable Benevilla to continue to develop and expand our Home Services program and provide indispensable services to homebound individuals challenged with the daily routine of independent living. More

Yealimi Noh Goes Wire to Wire to Capture the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship in An Exciting Final Day Competition

The final round of the Joanne Winter Arizona Silver Belle Championship proved to be a tight race right to the end. The top three players went back and forth throughout the round making for an exciting end to the last day of the championship. More

Thanksgiving Blessings at Nevitt Elementary

PGA TOUR Wives and Blessings in a Backpack helped make a special Thanksgiving for the students at Nevitt Elementary School.  The groups hosted a special Blessings in a Backpack Thanksgiving event, offering up Thanksgiving meals for the children and their families. More

The Thunderbirds Address Childhood Hunger As Part Of “Blessings In A Backpack Day”

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton today joined The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by […] More


The Thunderbirds, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, raised a record $10,147,441 for local charities through proceeds raised from the 2017 tournament, Thunderbirds Big Chief Andy Markham announced at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. This is the highest single-year charitable donation in tournament history, breaking last year’s record total of $9.3 million and the first time eclipsing $10 million in tournament history. It also marks the third-consecutive year breaking the tournament record for charitable dollars raised in a single year. More

Thunderbirds Charity Spotlight – Phoenix Art Museum Teen Engagement Initiative

There have been a number of changes at the Phoenix Art Museum under the leadership of Amanda Cruz and her team, starting with the Teen Engagement Initiative, a program that offers a community alternative  for safe programming for teenagers and a place to hang out and express themselves.  Thunderbirds Charities has been instrumental in this program from the beginning, and are proud to see all of the great things happening at the Phoenix Art Museum. More

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $50,000 to One Step Beyond, Inc for Catering Expansion

Thunderbird Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community recently awarded One Step Beyond, Inc. $50,000 grant to support the expansion of their Catering Program, allowing for an increase in employment opportunities for its participants. More

Fall 2017

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Thunderbirds Charities Donates $80,000 to Desert Voices Toddler Room

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds - hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open - recently donated $80,000 to Desert Voices in support of The Toddler Room.   More


This month’s Charity spotlight focuses on Girls on the Run, a program for girls in grades 3rd - 8th that helps to inspire participants to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.  Trained coaches lead small teams through the research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.   More

Thunderbirds Charities Gives Valley of the Sun YMCA Coolest Summer Ever with $250,000 Grant

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $250,000 contribution to the Valley of the Sun YMCA to support the Y’s Water Safety, Day Camp, Afterschool and Resident Camp Quality Improvement and Outreach Enhancements. More

Thunderbirds Charities Wraps Up Spring Funding Cycle, Awards More Than $2.9 Million to 55 Valley Charities

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of the Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix– awarded more than $2.9 million in grants to 55 Valley charities during its spring funding cycle. Most notably, Thunderbirds Charities granted $300,000 to UMOM New Day Centers, $250,000 to VOS YMCA, $150,000 to Special Olympics Arizona (SOAZ) and $80,000 to Desert Voices Oral Learning Center. More


The Thunderbirds have had a long-lasting partnership with Girl Scouts — Arizona Cactus-Pine (GSACPC) and have supported many of the organization’s wonderful projects and initiatives.  Most recently, The Thunderbirds and Thunderbirds Charities donated $125,000 to support Family Engagement Efforts in the South Phoenix community at the Leadership Center for Girls and Women at South Mountain. More


Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open Presented by The Ak-Chin Indian Community – announced a $10,000 donation to Duet: Partners in Health and Aging to support its one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. More

Thunderbirds Donate $375,000 to Barrow Neurological Institute for Mobile Stroke Unit

The Thunderbirds were recently on hand at the Barrow Neurological Institute for the unveiling of the new Barrow Emergency Stroke Treatment Unit, a state-of-the-art mobile emergency room that focuses on treating stroke victims and is the first of its kind in the United States (and only one of 10 in the nation) to operate around the clock in a city with a population greater than 1 million. More