Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship Receives $10,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship is delighted to announce the receipt of $10,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in support of their horsemanship program for children and adults with physical disabilities. “We are so grateful to be chosen as a grant recipient by Thunderbirds Charities,” said Mary Hadsall, Camelot’s executive director. “Camelot wouldn’t be possible without good people and generous gifts such as this one. We’re thankful to receive this funding so we can continue to provide our life-changing services to our students.” Camelot was founded in 1983 upon the principle that it is impossible to put a price on human dignity, so all students in the Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship program receive their lessons completely free of charge. Camelot offers one-on-one education, with instruction tailored to the individual needs of their students. Students learn riding, driving, grooming, training, vet care, and stable management. This award from Thunderbirds Charities will go directly to support these program services. Camelot Therapeutic Horsemanship This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Amanda Hope Receives $25,000 Grant from Thunderbirds Charities

Every two minutes another child is diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones’ lives are changed forever. Families are overwhelmed by decisions regarding the care and well-being of their child, often spanning months and years. Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels offers support for the whole family through each step of their journey. Thunderbirds Charities has awarded Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels a $25,000 grant to support the Comfort and Care Counseling Program. The program offers free counseling to families in Maricopa county that have a child that has, or is currently battling, childhood cancer or other life-threatening diseases. The team of licensed counselors and therapists serves patients, siblings, parents and caregivers through family counseling, individual counseling, play therapy and support groups. “We’re proud to support Amanda Hope,” said president of Thunderbirds Charities, Chance Cozby. “Through their work, the cancer patient and their family members find comfort.” Amanda Hope Rainbow Angels This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $50,000 Grant in Support Arizona Autism United’s New East Valley Center in Mesa

Opening its doors to the public in March of 2020, Arizona Autism (AZA) United’s East Valley Center will provide much-needed therapies and services for families experiencing autism and other developmental disabilities right in the East Valley – where so many families live, work and go to school. They plan to serve at least 250 families in the center’s first year alone. Thunderbirds Charities’ $50,000 grant has been instrumental as AZA United has prepared to open the East Valley Center to the public early in 2020. Services at the East Valley Center will include speech and feeding therapy, behavioral therapy and social skills development programs, as well as family support programs for parents, caregivers and siblings of children with special needs. This center will serve as a model for replication at future AZA United centers in residential areas throughout Maricopa County in the coming years. This expansion has helped them fulfill their mission of helping as many families as possible with individualized supports. Thunderbirds Charities is proud to continue supporting organizations who improve the lives of individuals experiencing developmental disabilities. Arizona Autism United This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Best Buddies in Arizona Awarded $25,000 Grant for Arizona School Friendship Programs

Best Buddies in Arizona, a nonprofit organization creating opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), has received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. The funds will support the Elementary School Promoter Program, an engaging opportunity for students with and without IDD to participate in inclusive activities that promote friendship, acceptance, and interaction. Teachers of students with and without IDD bring together their classrooms for socializing, learning, and activities. Through engaged social activities and shared learning experiences, students develop mutually enriching friendships and create a culture of acceptance that promotes inclusion throughout their academic career, encouraging friendship and integration among all peers. The meetings are comprised of games and social emotional education exercises, implemented by the teachers using the Sanford Harmony curriculum, which is provided free of cost to all elementary school chapters. “Best Buddies AZ is so much more than simply a place for kids to interact,” said Chance Cozby, president of The Thunderbirds. “It provides a fun and lasting way to strength the bonds between friends. And most importantly, it teaches the value of accepting our differences.” Best Buddies in Arizona This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Valley Youth Theatre Receives $15,000 to Support Award-Winning Literacy and the Arts Program

Valley Youth Theatre’s Literacy and the Arts (LTA) program gives students from Title 1 schools a page-to-stage experience by effectively combining the power of in-school learning with the magic of experiencing live theatre. Books related to the production and accompanying study guides prepare children for a production that helps them learn. Last season, 3,308 Title 1 school students benefitted from this program. “We are thrilled to be recognized by Thunderbirds Charities for the work we are doing on behalf of the young people of Arizona,” says Bobb Cooper, Valley Youth Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director. “This grant will help ensure that this crucial program continues and moves us closer to our goal of reaching 3,600 at-risk youth, this year.” VYT created the LTA program in 1993 to supplement diminishing arts funding for K-8 students from two inner city school districts – Roosevelt and Phoenix Elementary. Every year since, 3,000 to 5,000 students have had the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of this program, free of charge. Added Cooper, “LTA has been proven to increase students’ reading comprehension and literacy skills. In fact, all participating schools now integrate LTA into their regular curriculum as an essential arts-based learning experience and our feedback […] More

Thunderbirds Charities Supports Detour Company Theatre in Season Expansion

Detour Company Theatre provides theater training and performance experiences for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities, giving them authentic opportunities to develop artistry, demonstrate courage and collaboration, experience joy and participate in the sharing of musical theater with the entire community. In the past, Thunderbirds Charities has supported Detour Company Theatre in expanding their last season, with tremendous success. They have now been awarded $10,000 to continue expanding their programming by training new directors. This will ensure an authentic education experience for a new generation of directors and teachers. Detour is unique in being SOLELY an organization furthering arts experiences for those unable to experience success in traditional settings. They serve those who are deaf, blind and/or as cognitively challenged in the same performance group. Thunderbirds Charities is proud to support an organization that continues to create opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Check out their website to attend upcoming shows! Admission is free while donations are gratefully accepted. Detour Company Theatre This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Thunderbirds Charities Donates More Than $4 Million to Valley Charities During Fall 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 $4 million in grants to 77 Valley charities during its 2019 fall funding cycle. Thunderbirds Charities awarded grants of $100,000 or more to 12 Valley Charities; including $750,000 to Phoenix Rescue Mission, $250,000 to Brighter Way Institute, $150,000 to New Pathways for Youth, $150,000 to Ryan House and $125,000 to Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. “Without a doubt, giving back to our communities is the most rewarding thing about what we do as tournament hosts,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We’re thrilled and so proud to give these grants to deserving organizations around the Valley. It’s an honor to have such a positive impact for those in need in our community.” The $750,000 grant to Phoenix Rescue Mission will help build an $11 million, four story building on the NEC of 35th Avenue and West Durango Street, allowing Phoenix Rescue Mission to substantially expand their Transformations Program and services to the surrounding community. The $200,000 donation to Brighter Way Institute go towards expanding Brighter Way’s Downtown Dental Center, providing comprehensive oral health […] More

Phoenix Children’s Receives First-ever Medtronic Stealth Autoguide™ for Neurosurgery

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children’s provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. Their Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) is the largest pediatric neuroscience center in the US. This facility heals children with neurological and mental health diseases and disorders so that they can have a happy and healthy quality of life by offering the most comprehensive inpatient and outpatient neurological care and services to infants, children and teens with neurological-related problems. Thunderbirds Charities awarded the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation $250,000 towards the first-ever Stealth Autoguide Platform, which has recently arrived to Phoenix Children’s main hospital facility. This is a robotic positioning and guidance system intended for the spatial positioning and orientation of instrument holders or tool guides used with neurosurgical instruments. BNI at Phoenix Children’s is eager to combine its deep bench of clinical talent with Medtronic’s cutting-edge innovation. “The Stealth Autoguide Platform is a tremendous addition to our neurosurgical team’s life-changing tools,” said P. David Adelson, Division Chief of Neurosurgery and Director of BNI at Phoenix Children’s. […] More

Thunderbirds Grants $200,000 to the Junior Golf Association of Arizona

The Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) has a mission to educate, motivate and inspire Arizona’s youth through golf and all of the valuable lessons and life skills inherent in the game. In addition to hosting competitive events, the JGAA develops programs for local schools, assists golf courses with their junior programs, and conducts college prep seminars and etiquette clinics. The JGAA’s strong belief in teamwork and cooperation has guided the organization for more than 30 years and is instilled in all of its members. The Thunderbirds awarded the JCAA $200,00 that will be used for several purposes, including the JGAA’s Financial Aid program to assist its members with participation fees – no juniors are turned away due to lack of resources. “We want to thank The Thunderbirds for their generous and unwavering support of the JGAA and the junior golfers it serves,” said Scott McNevin, Executive Director of the JGAA. “No matter where the game takes them, our juniors leave equipped to become tomorrow’s leaders both on and off the golf course.” This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Operation Rebuilding Pride in Motion at Central Arizona Shelter Services

According to AZ Central, unsheltered homelessness has increased for the sixth straight year, and now makes up half of the population experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. For 35 years, CASS has worked towards ending homelessness one life at a time. They are committed to treating those experiencing homelessness with dignity and respect – a philosophy that facilitates their clients’ ability to take the steps needed to end their homelessness. CASS has been awarded $100,000 from Thunderbirds Charities for their 13-year-old downtown shelter, located on the Human Services Campus. The entry way for the shelter was described as “cold and impersonal.” CASS envisioned a more welcoming place to begin a fresh start. Operation Rebuilding Pride is a collaborative effort to renovate CASS’ downtown adult shelter and administrative space. Since moving their 74,000 square foot facility in 2013, CASS’ interior and exterior have become extremely worn and run down; many areas were never high-quality to begin with and certainly not designed to inspire and instill hope. A renovated and welcoming shelter will reflect CASS’ commitment and culture of empowerment of those served, while helping instill a sense of pride and ownership in clients and staff. Thunderbirds Charities was invited to celebrate Groundbreaking […] More

Corporate Heart of the House Award from Ronald McDonald House Charities

Recently, Thunderbirds Charities was honored with Corporate Heart of the House award from Ronald McDonald House Charities. Thunderbirds Charities has been very supportive over the years with the actual expansion of their homes (they have three sites) and with program support for the families that are needing to stay there while their children receive vital medical therapies. This grant is part of the Fall 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Gompers’ Assistive Technology Team Awarded $25,000

Thunderbirds Charities has awarded Gompers’ Assistive Technology team with $25,000 to support the implementation of Gompers’ groundbreaking program, Readtopia, a reading program aimed to teach literacy to adults with developmental disabilities.  In Readtopia, you won’t find elementary-looking line drawings and “See Spot Run” text. Designed initially for school-age students, Gompers brings Readtopia to adults with developmental disabilities for the first time. Readtopia brings first-hand experiential learning into the classroom, so members can bridge the gap between learning through reading and learning through experience. Thanks to the generous support of Thunderbirds Charities, Readtopia takes members down 1,000 feet in a submarine as they learn about oceanography. Members hear from Sacagawea to understand the journey Lewis and Clark faced heading west. Readtopia brings members into a volcano in Iceland to introduce them to the book Journey to the Center of the Earth. For more information: This grant is part of the Spring 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

The Homeless ID Project Received a Grant for $100,000

The Homeless ID Project recently received a grant in the amount of $100,000 from Thunderbirds Charities in support of the “ID Empowers Our Community” Program. Thunderbirds Charities’ support will help individuals and families to end their homelessness and rebuild their lives by providing the critical first step of identification replacement services.  With offices in the Brian Garcia Welcome Center, the Homeless ID Project does much of its work on the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix. They also participate in programs intended to reach the homeless population across the Valley and Maricopa County. According to Rick Mitchell, Executive Director, “Our mission is to help people end their homelessness, not to extend it. Support from Thunderbirds Charities will help us provide the critical first step of replacing identification documents necessary for so many individuals and families seeking to end their homelessness. Need for replacement documents can result from loss, theft, eviction, or even fleeing a domestic violence situation. And while it is not something many of us think about, it is not possible to get a job, to gain housing, or enroll the kids in school without current and valid identifying documents. The Homeless ID Project is honored to receive this […] More

Waste Not’s Feeding Children, Youth & Families in Arizona Awarded $30,000

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded Waste Not $30,000. These funds will help fuel Waste Not’s Feeding Children, Youth & Families in Arizona programming which provides 3.5 million meals to 75,000 individuals in need. They are able to achieve this impact by working with more than 40 food donor partners (businesses such as event venues, catering companies, and grocery stores) and 65 nonprofit agencies serving those in need in Maricopa County. “Thunderbirds Charities has been a longtime supporter of Waste Not. With 1 in 4 kids in Arizona experiencing food insecurity, this grant helps Waste Not to achieve our mission of feeding children and families right here in the Valley”, says Executive Director, Kate Thoene. “Waste Not is doing tremendous work in the community, providing vulnerable families with nutritious meals,” said Chance Cozby, Thunderbirds Charities President.  “At Thunderbirds Charities, we know the deep and long-lasting impact that food insecurity has on families and we are very proud to work with Waste Not to make a difference.” For over 30 years, Waste Not has been the only nonprofit agency in Arizona collecting prepared foods that would otherwise go to waste and delivering it to nonprofit agencies that serve those in need. Their goals […] More

House of Refuge Awarded $25,000 Grant

House of Refuge was awarded a $25,000 grant in support of the “Adopt a Home” program. The “Adopt a Home” is one of House of Refuge’s sponsorship programs which provides an opportunity for organizations like Thunderbirds Charities to sponsor a house for an entire year in the House of Refuge community. These sponsorships provide families experiencing homelessness a safe home and essential services for an entire year. Nancy Marion, executive director at House of Refuge says that the work her agency does aligns perfectly with Thunderbirds Charities mission. “One part of Thunderbirds Charities mission statement reads ‘to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in our communities.’ What better way to support that mission than to partner with an agency like House of Refuge, that provides housing and wrap around support services for families as they strive to overcome their cycles of homelessness”  Marion said. “Thank you Thunderbirds Charities for your commitment to the families and children in our community that simply need a helping hand as they heal and get back on their feet and on to a brighter tomorrow.” Located on 20 acres in Southeast Mesa, House of Refuge is a […] More

American Cancer Society Receives $25,000 Transportation Grant

Hundreds of cancer patients will be transported to potentially life-saving treatment thanks to the financial support of Thunderbirds Charities who made a $25,000 commitment to support the American Cancer Society’s transportation programs. “Transportation shouldn’t be a roadblock to cancer treatment,” reports Ashley DeGooyer, Executive Director. “Even with help from family and friends, sometimes patients have trouble getting every ride they need. The American Cancer Society is here to help. Thanks to donors like Thunderbirds Charities we have several transportation assistance programs across Maricopa County and can connect patients to the best option for their situation.” “We’re proud to support American Cancer Society’s transportation programs,” said president of Thunderbirds Charities, Chance Cozby. “The work they do is vital to cancer patients and transportation should not be a barrier to their treatments.” The American Cancer Society Road To Recovery and transportation programs provide rides to and from cancer-related medical appointments for patients who otherwise might not be able to get there. If you or someone you love needs a ride, the American Cancer Society can help.  Based on eligibility and availability, patients will be matched with volunteer drivers,  transportation providers working with the Society, or other local resources. To learn more about […] More

Billy’s Place Awarded $5,000 Grant

Billy’s Place is honored to receive a $5,000 grant from the Thunderbirds Charities which is giving hope to more grieving families in the West Valley. Billy’s Place is a free Children’s Grief Support Center in the West Valley. There are very few programs that cater to children when it comes to grief and loss. Billy’s Place is serving that need by offering ongoing support/education groups each month which include loss of a parent, loss of a sibling, YA Grief (Young Adult), TLG (Traumatic Loss Group which includes losses of suicide, homicide and overdose) as well as a kicking back night for children only. The children participate in activities that are designed to help them discuss death through their play, art, storytelling, music and talking. With the assistance from the Thunderbirds Charities, the investment will assist with Program Coordination, Insurance, Support Group Supplies, and Volunteer Appreciation. “The business community has been so supportive of Billy’s Place. Because of that support, we are able to help families free of charge as they navigate their grief journey. The children of our community deserve to have a safe place to mourn the loss and learn healthy coping skills after a special person in their […] More

$40,000 Awarded to Maggie’s Place for the Family Success Center

Maggie’s Place is proud to announce that through a grant from Thunderbirds Charities, $40,000 will go toward the organization’s Family Success Center services for homeless, pregnant women and children.  Founded in 2000, Maggie’s Place provides housing, resources and services to support pregnant and parenting mothers in need reach their goals, and welcome them into a community filled with love and dignity. Maggie’s Place provides life-changing programs and services for homeless women and their children by offering a warm and welcoming community, a safe place to live and learn, and ongoing services that promote self-sufficiency. Thunderbirds Charities answered the need through their most recent grant cycle. Maggie’s Place Family Success Center provides maternity and infant supplies, parenting education, bus passes, educational classes for children 0-12, and family coaching for nearly five hundred clients annually. Grant monies will make it possible for the Success Center to serve more mothers, babies and families, helping lift fragile mothers out of poverty and despair. “We are thrilled to receive the grant from Thunderbirds Charities,” said Laura Magruder, Maggie’s Place CEO. “It will change the lives of the mothers and babies we serve and give us the opportunity to help many more mothers in our community.” […] More

Neighborhood Ministries: Katy’s Kids Preschool

Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded a $25,000 grant to Neighborhood Ministries, a social service agency in downtown Phoenix that helps impoverished children and families, for their Katy’s Kids Early Childhood Development Preschool program.  During the 2019-2020 academic year, this program will serve 20 three to five-year-old children from economically disadvantaged households. It will provide opportunities for sensory learning, physical activity and social, emotional and cognitive development. Developmental, physical health, dental, hearing, and vision screenings will be offered free of charge. A unique aspect of this early education program is the comprehensive services that will be provided to meet the various needs of children and families. In addition to connecting families to Neighborhood Ministries’ onsite food and clothing bank, health and dental clinic, after-school programs, counseling services, workforce development program and parenting classes, community partnerships will be utilized to ensure families’ holistic needs are met. This grant is part of the Spring 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Duet: Partners in Health & Aging Awarded Grant by Thunderbirds Charities

More than 100,000 children in Arizona are being raised by their grandparents or other relatives, according to the U.S. census. Duet: Partners in Health & Aging helps grandparents raising grandchildren through Valley-wide support groups, workshops, family activities, respite care, and information and referrals. Recently, Thunderbirds Charities provided Duet with a $15,000 grant to support their one-of-a-kind Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. “When grandparents raising grandchildren come to Duet, they are often in turmoil,” said Patricia Dominguez, MSW, director of kinship care services for Duet. “They are often confused and scrambling to find resources and help. Duet is that life-line to making sense of their situation and provide them with hope. This grant from Thunderbird Charities will make a huge impact to grandfamilies [grandparents and the children they are raising] facing many challenges.” By supporting grandparents raising grandchildren, Duet provides families with the tools they need to navigate an often unexpected transition and helps to keep children out of foster care. The funds from the Thunderbirds Charities grant will support group family activities, respite care, and more. These social and cultural outings such as family picnics, visits to local attractions, and more, allow grandparents and grandchildren to know that they aren’t alone […] More

Hope Women’s Center

As ACEs and the importance of trauma informed care continue garnering awareness in Arizona, one question remains: How will low-income individuals afford trauma care?  Hope Women’s Center has an answer – their trauma informed services are free. And thanks to the recent grant award from Thunderbirds Charities, Hope’s 5 locations can continue helping Arizona women heal from past trauma.  ‘Empower Her’, Hope’s one-on-one mentoring program, is Hope’s approach to trauma healing. “Mentoring allows a client to meet with a trained mentor for deeper emotional work. Being both relational and holistic, ‘Empower Her’ has a unique approach that creates a safe space for a woman to heal emotionally, physically, and spiritually from past trauma,” says Tammy Abernethy, CEO of Hope Women’s Center. “We’ve spent 35 years building trusting relationships with women and teen girls. In 2018, we invested 2,770 hours mentoring women in our communities and we expect that number to grow in 2019 as we open our 5th center in Maricopa and expand our Coolidge center. We are so grateful to Thunderbirds Charities!” “We admire the work and services that Hope Women’s Center provides,” said Chance Cozby, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “We know this grant is going to help so […] More

Harvest Compassion Center

The Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix (HCC) is pleased to announce it has received a $25,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities. These funds will support the mission of the Harvest Compassion Center at both the North Phoenix and Maryvale locations of providing free food, fresh vegetables and fruits, dairy, clothing, hygiene, home and baby items to all who live in Arizona. In partnership with Thunderbirds Charities, as well as St. Mary’s Food Bank, both Harvest Compassion Centers welcome anyone living in Arizona to visit once every 30 days to receive a free shopping trip. Needy individuals, seniors, veterans, families and children come to HCC to find a unique mini-mart shopping experience where a personal shopper volunteer helps them select and fill a cart with their needed and desired grocery, home and clothing items. Last year alone, HCC served 36,180 individuals and children over 205,200 pounds of food and 36,000 pieces of clothing! HCC first opened its doors to the public in memory of a young 23-year-old brother and son, Mitch Swaback. Through one family’s loss, the desire and mission to serve the underserved in Phoenix was born. “Unfortunately, we know we will not end hunger or alleviate poverty in the Valley but […] More

Soldier’s Best Friend Receives Support from Thunderbirds Charities

Local nonprofit, Soldier’s Best Friend (SBF), is pleased to announce that Thunderbirds Charities has awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 towards SBF’s Service/Therapeutic Companion Dog Training Program that supports veterans living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in Arizona. The funding will be used to pair the program’s veterans with appropriate and vetted rescued dogs, providing professional training, all necessary equipment and veterinary care to the veteran/dog team for the duration of their participation in the program. Founded in 2011 and based in Peoria, the Soldier’s Best Friend mission is to provide veterans with combat-related PTSD and/or TBI with service/therapeutic companion dogs. The effects of PTSD can include anxiety, depression, flashbacks, reclusive behavior, uneasiness in public and suicidal thoughts. Additionally, TBI can cause mood and behavioral problems, memory loss, physical pain and difficulty with communication. To lessen the challenges these conditions present, the veteran/dog team undergoes 6-9 months of training with SBF trainers, and upon graduation, the dog has qualified for service/therapeutic companion dog status. SBF conducts training in metro Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Sierra Vista and Flagstaff. Through August of this year, 281 veteran/dog teams have graduated and over 156 dogs have been rescued […] More

Teach For America Phoenix Granted $265,000 by Thunderbirds Charities

Teach For America Phoenix (TFA) announced their newest cohort of 2019 corps members, and recognizes Thunderbirds Charities for their gift of $265,000 and the critical role this investment makes in building the leadership pipeline here in Phoenix for the 2019-2020 school year. In sponsoring the local recruitment and training of 25 promising leaders, Thunderbirds Charities’ donation of $265,000 provided TFA Phoenix with an opportunity to welcome additional corps members into the Phoenix community. The incoming corps size increased significantly, as TFA welcomed 76 corps members for the summer program.   As a result of Thunderbirds’ investment, the TFA Phoenix 2019 corps will increase educational access and opportunity for over 5,700 students across the valley. In addition, corps members will begin their two year commitment with a rigorous six-week training program to develop the instructional skills needed to be ready for the first day of teaching. TFA Regional Board Chair Jim Swanson said, “I’m already so impressed with this group of leaders. They’re bright, ambitious and driven. With the support of Thunderbirds, they’ll now have the opportunity to serve in the communities that need it the most, and to change the lives of students growing up in Arizona.” “Thunderbirds has always been […] More

October Is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

“Every year in Arizona we see about 100 fatalities due to domestic violence, these are not limited to those involved directly in the violence, but include bystanders who tried to intervene and first responders. A 2017 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that almost 40% of people in Arizona had been subject to domestic abuse” (Maricopa County Attorney’s Office). Thunderbird Charities continues to support organizations in the Valley whose mission is geared towards providing safety, support, therapy, and more. Here is what has been funded from our most recent Fall and Spring cycles. We’d also like to thank organizations we have funded in the past for the work they do. Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA) CAAFA’s mission is to empower individuals, families, and communities to be free from abuse through collaboration, prevention, awareness, and support. They received $7,500 from Thunderbird Charities to implement equine-assisted therapy facilitated by a licensed professional counselor, on-site at the CAAFA shelter. Children often come to CAAFA not trusting others or isolating themselves due to the domestic and/or sexual violence they have experienced. Over time, through interacting with the equine therapy horses, they become more communicative and trusting, and they begin […] More

Celebrating Success with Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley

Thunderbird Charites were invited for a friendly basketball competition between our very own Thunderbirds and the Thunderbird Hoppers. The club also celebrated their finished project: new flooring, along with all new HVAC’s and energy efficient lighting. Watch our spotlight video to understand why we were happy to support this branch in improving the lives of the hundreds of youth who enjoy this facility! This grant is part of the Spring 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Stewarding a Valuable Community Resource Capital Renovation Project

Thunderbirds Charities recently funded several capital projects at our Laura Dozer Center campus; a community resource for individuals and families with disabilities. After 15 years, the campus was in need of restoration to bring it back to its prime condition to improve facility use. Their grant allowed for the installation of healthy Eco flooring in the UCP Early Learning Center and the UCP Therapy Clinic. Thunderbirds Charities also funded upgrades to improve the kitchen at our Day Training for Adults program, which improves food safety for our members learning healthy nutrition. This contribution has supported UCP in their efforts to improve the lives of individuals and families with disabilities. This grant is part of the Spring 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Thunderbirds Charities Awards Grant to UMOM New Day Centers

UMOM New Day Centers, Arizona’s innovative leader in shelter, services, and housing for families, single women, and youth experiencing homelessness, has received a generous gift from the Thunderbird Charities. The $300,000 donation will provide critical programming assistance for families and unaccompanied youth as they rebuild their lives to end their homelessness.   In addition to emergency shelter, UMOM focuses programs and services on each individual to ensure barriers to employment and stable housing are addressed. Examples of programs and services include education and employment assistance, child care, housing assistance, utility and rent deposits, work tools and uniforms, bus passes or gas cards to get to and from work or school, and more, depending on the need. “We value our partnership with Thunderbirds Charities and the support they provide for those in need in our community,” said Darlene Newsom, UMOM CEO. “The recent Thunderbirds Charities donation will go a long way to improving the programs and the reach of the families we serve.” “UMOM has such a tremendous impact on the individuals in our community, experiencing homelessness. They are critical to providing the needed support to help stabilize our most vulnerable and we are proud to support such a great mission,” said […] More

Veterans Furniture Center Awarded Grant by Thunderbirds Charities

The Veterans Furniture Center is honored to have the support of Thunderbirds Charities, 100% of the $25,000 donation will  go toward purchasing the furniture and household goods our transitioning veterans so desperately need to start a new life and stay off the streets. The Veterans Furniture Center (VFC) is a veteran run, volunteer-based, 501(c)(3) dedicated to assisting formerly homeless veterans’ transition to permanent housing by providing them, free of charge, the furniture and household goods they need to establish a home and successfully return to society. The VFC focus is on transitioning veterans who are moving into permanent housing under the HUD-VASH program. While the VA does an outstanding job providing counseling, healthcare, and other services, and transitioning these homeless veterans into subsidized housing, providing them safe shelter, it lacks the authority and budget to provide furniture or necessary household goods. By providing free furniture and household goods, the VFC fills that “critical gap.”  When the VFC volunteers deliver furniture and household goods, they turn that shelter into a home, giving the destitute veteran hope for the future and a new lease on life. This grant is part of the Spring 2019 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees. More

Thunderbirds Charities Awards $35,000 to ALS

Thunderbirds Charities awarded $35,000 to the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Arizona Chapter. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. “We are so grateful for this incredibly generous gift from The Thunderbirds,” said Taryn Norley, President and CEO of the ALS Association Arizona Chapter. “This donation will allow us to continue to invest in the children and young adults who are affected by family members diagnosed with ALS.” The Children and Youth Program was established in 2016 to serve the needs of youth affected by ALS. Services supported by the donation include: Kid’s Day Out, a day of fun designed for youth ages six through 18 as a way to take a break from the realities of ALS. At Kid’s Day Out, youth can immerse themselves in entertaining activities while connecting with peers in similar situations. Family Connections, a support group that brings families together to engage in emotional processing activities that foster discussion on the struggles of life with ALS in a safe and supportive environment. Family Fun Packs, which are mailed every quarter to families that include supplies for bonding and memory […] More