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Thunderbirds Charities Awards $25,000 to WHEAT’s Management Training Program

The existing gap of job readiness and successful job placement is very real. The frustration and hopelessness felt by those who have earnestly prepared for employment and are not successful is heartbreaking. The World Hunger Education, Advocacy & Training organization (WHEAT) is increasing workers' skills so that they qualify for higher paying jobs! More
 

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) – Arizona with a $50,000 grant.

The funds will enable PCA-Arizona to provide PCA workshops to underserved and underfunded middle schools throughout Maricopa County. “We at PCA-Arizona are incredibly grateful to the Thunderbirds for this grant, which will allow us to conduct a multitude of workshops that teach valuable life lessons for coaches, athletes and parents in Maricopa County,” said Rich Tomey, Chapter Executive Director. “The Thunderbirds and PCA both share a common mission to provide the young children of Arizona with a positive learning environment both on and off the field.” More
 

St. Joseph the Worker Receives 2017 Thunderbirds Charities Grant $150,000 will help further St. Joseph the Worker’s mission

St. Joseph the Worker (SJW) received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in support of the Employment Heals Communities Program. Thunderbirds Charities’ support will help women, men, and families - referred by both the Individual and the Family Housing Hubs across Maricopa County - in ending their hardships and poverty through employment by providing direct program support, such as professional job development services, transportation assistance (bus passes), and crucial work essentials (safety equipment, tools, uniforms, non-slip shoes, and steel toe boots). More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Donates $300,000 to Bolster St. Mary’s Kids Cafe Program Including 2 New Refrigerated Trucks and “Grab And Go” After School Meals

Thunderbirds Charities, a major player in the growth and expansion of St. Mary’s Kids Cafe Program, has donated $300,000 to allow the food bank to purchase two new refrigerated trucks and to purchase food to help reach more of Arizona’s hungry children than ever before through a new program. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities provides a grant to OCJ (Opportunity, Community and Justice for Foster) Kids.

The Thunderbirds Charities provided a $25,000 grant to support OCJ Kids’ Transition Success Centers, which provides much-needed items, including clothes, shoes, diapers, hygiene products and more, to Arizona foster children – the most vulnerable people in our community. OCJ Kids procures and stores these items in its Transition Success Centers, and then provides them to the children through hundreds of foster group homes and families. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Support National Award-Winning Local After School Music Program

“I’ve been involved since I was seven or eight. Ever since then, I’ve been building my skills.” Will Kratzenberg, a sophomore in High School and PCM student says. “[I started with piano and then went to audio production.] I had no place to go for sound production or learn how to build or reconstruct sound. PCM showed me how to work inside sound production DAWs and how to mix and even create my own songs. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Gives Big Brothers Big Sisters $20,000

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona has been awarded $20,000 by Thunderbirds Charities to support the origination’s STARS Mentoring Program which serves children who have a parent who has been incarcerated. More
 

Thunderbirds Charities Grants $15,000.00 to SEEDs for Autism for a new computer lab

Thunderbirds Charities, hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community recently donated $15,000.00 to SEEDs for Autism, to aid in the development of their newest job training program, a Computers and Media Lab. More
 

Tempe Community Action Agency Partners with Thunderbird Charities to Enhance Education Program at Community Garden

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) and Thunderbird Charities have teamed up through a $15,000 grant to help expand TCAA’s Education and Engagement initiatives at the Escalante Community Garden (ECG). More
 

Save The Family Receives $200,000 Grant From Thunderbirds Charities to Assist Veterans and their Families

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded Save the Family $200,000 for its Homeless Families Intervention Project (HFIP) to provide homeless, veteran and working poor families with housing, case coordination services and access to an array of programs and classes to help address and overcome homelessness and poverty. More
 

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 Ak-Chin Indian Community and the PGA TOUR Wives Association to pack bags full of food for students at Nevitt Elementary School as part of the fourth annual “Blessings in a Backpack Day” – a nationwide effort to combat childhood hunger that was declared by the United States Conference of Mayors. Over the past three years, more than 100 cities have participated in Blessings in a Backpack Day in partnership with Blessings in a Backpack – a national nonprofit that mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Mayor Stanton was one of 60 mayors across the country that participated in this fourth annual event. “Childhood hunger is a serious issue impacting too many kids in communities and cities across the country,” said Mayor Stanton. “I am committed to helping raise awareness and support the programs and people that are helping feed the future of America, which is why I helped create and support Blessings in a Backpack Day.” Since 2009, the PGA TOUR Wives Association and […] More
 

2017 WASTE MANAGEMENT PHOENIX OPEN ECLIPSES RECORD-BREAKING $10 MILLION MARK FOR LOCAL CHARITIES

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
 

THUNDERBIRD CHARITY SPOTLIGHT – GIRLS ON THE RUN

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