Thunderbirds Charities Strengthens Fresh Start’s Family Law Support Program with $100,000 Grant

Thunderbirds Charities Strengthens Fresh Start’s Family Law Support Program with $100,000 Grant

PHOENIX, AZ (02/13/2024) – Fresh Start Women’s Foundation, a Phoenix-based non-profit dedicated to empowering women on their journeys to self-sufficiency, has received a grant of $100,000 from Thunderbirds Charities to enhance and expand its critical Family Law Support services. This grant is a testament to Thunderbirds Charities’ commitment to giving back to the community, raising funds through the WM Phoenix Open – an event that has become a catalyst for positive change in our community. In 2020, the Thunderbirds Charities Family Law Support Center at Fresh Start was named in their honor.

This generous contribution will help Fresh Start enhance its Family Law Support (FLS) Program, a cornerstone initiative that provides vital assistance to women contending with family law issues such as divorce, custody battles, and child support. The additional funding will support the expansion of FLS staff, ensuring increased accessibility for women seeking assistance in order to advocate for themselves and their children in family court.

Since 2006, Thunderbirds Charities has donated over $817,000 to Fresh Start, demonstrating their unwavering support for the 4,000+ women and their children served by the organization each year.

“The Thunderbirds Charities Family Law Support Center has been instrumental in providing a safe and stable environment for women and their families. Legal services provided include legal document preparation, access to an on-site virtual courtroom, pro-bono attorney referrals, and information and assistance to help women understand Arizona’s Family Court system and laws,” said Kim McWaters, President and CEO of Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. “Thanks to the incredible generosity of Thunderbirds Charities, thousands of women gain access to life-changing services at Fresh Start.”

In addition to staffing expansion, the grant supports Continuing Legal Education for the Certified Legal Document Preparers on the FLS Program team. The funds will also be allocated for updated legal reference materials, which are updated to reflect changes in Arizona statute.

For more information about Fresh Start Women’s Foundation and its services, please visit

Fresh Start Women’s Foundation

This grant is part of the Fall 2023 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.