Give on Arizona Gives Day


“The day our state united to build a better tomorrow”


Starting at 12:00 a.m. (yes, midnight) on April 9, anyone can start donating to the nonprofit of their choice, or several if so inclined.  This is a state-wide event.

Arizona Gives Day is a day for Arizonans to come together to show support for the state’s nonprofits in 24 hours. On April 9, 2014, from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm, supporters of Arizona’s nonprofits will go online, connect with causes they care about and make a tax-deductible donation. Supporters will search for participating nonprofits and simply click to donate. The donation stays local and helps our nonprofits provide much needed services and support for people in the state of Arizona.

Giving day lasts till 11:59 p.m. that night and large thousand dollar prizes are awarded to:

Most Donors Overall  (first prize is $18,000, plus several others to 102nd prize)

Most Dollars Overall (first prize is $15,000, down to $500)

Small Nonprofits Most Donors (first prize is $9,500)

Golden Ticket (Most Donors per hour) starting at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., for 8 prizes till 11:59 p.m.  Last year I watched online as  Tucson’s Ben’s Bells won a few of these hourly prizes for the most donors per hour.

Most Donors for Rural organizations (only 3 prizes)

More info at Arizona Gives Day or Alliance for Arizona nonprofits. You can schedule your donation now or donate on April 9 via their website.

After midnight on April 9th (morning of April 10), go to their website and see how many of your favorite nonprofits won prizes, and also how much they profited from this giving day by your donations.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Congratulations to Ben’s Bells, #1 in overall donors statewide bringing in $15,673 from their 673 donors, but also winning $18,000 for being #1. Other Tucson nonprofits did well: Watershed Management got $38,261 from donors, and ranked #2 in overall dollars for another $10,000; Humane Society of So. AZ got $25,893 from donors plus $5,000 for ranking #4 in overall dollars; Tucson Wildlife Center got $21,477 from donors and another $3500 for ranking #5 in overall dollars. Check for your favorite nonproft at the website.

  2. First 6 hours of AZ Gives Day and some Tucson nonprofits are in the top categories: Ben’s Bells with the # of donors, and Tucson Wildlife Center with # of dollars raised (already over $15,000). Check the website during the day to see who wins the Golden Ticket awards hourly (from 10 a.m.) for most donors per hour. Thanks, Arizona donors.

  3. Arizona Gives Day is NOT a tax credit at all. It is a 24-hour campaign focused on encouraging people to “give.” Not as a tax credit, just GIVE. The funds go to the nonprofit itself – and the minimum donation is $10, not $200 or $400 as a tax credit is. In fact, most nonprofits on the site actually list what $10, $25 and $50 actually pay for within that nonprofit directly. There is also a ROBUST FAQ page for most of the questions above. Here it is:

    FAQ for Supporters
    1. What is Arizona Gives Day?
    Arizona Gives Day is a statewide, 24 hour, online giving campaign. Arizona Gives Day is a way for people to find, learn about, and contribute to causes they believe in. Arizona Gives Day provides nonprofits with a way to share their story and engage the community through a unique online giving platform.

    2. Who can donate on Arizona Gives Day?
    Any individual may donate. Donations through Arizona Gives Day to nonprofit organizations are tax deductible and irrevocable (donations will not be refunded). Contributions may be made via credit and debit card only.

    3. What payment methods are accepted?
    Arizona Gives Day donations are accepted via credit and debit card only. Please know donations made outside of do not count toward incentive prizes and matching grants.

    4. How do I schedule a donation in advance?
    You will simply want to go to any Arizona Gives Day participating nonprofit and complete your donation as normal. You will be asked to create a Razoo account because in order for the donation to be processed automatically on the actual giving day, the credit card information needs to be stored in your account. You are also able to administrate your scheduled donations and cancel them anytime before the giving day. We take our security and privacy policies very seriously – your information is safe within our secure and tested platform.

    5. What nonprofit organizations are eligible to participate?
    For an organization to participate it must first register under the guidelines adopted by the Arizona Gives Day campaign: nonprofits with a current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the IRS, that is incorporated, headquartered, or and/or providing services within the state of Arizona are eligible to participate. Private foundations and supporting organizations are not eligible to participate.

    6. I can’t find a specific nonprofit I am looking for.
    Participation in Arizona Gives Day is voluntary and there may be various reasons they have chosen not to participate. Contact the nonprofit directly to encourage them to participate next year!

    7. About Your Donation:
    93.1% of your donation will be disbursed to nonprofits participating in Arizona Gives Day. All donations on are made to the Razoo Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that permits donors to advise a regranting of their donations to qualified charitable organizations. All donations are final and cannot be refunded.

    8. What is the Razoo Foundation?
    It is Razoo Foundations normal practice to re-grant 93.1% of its contribution to the qualifying organization as advised by the donor, retaining 4.9% for Razoo Foundation’s expenses (including credit card transaction costs). 2% of your donation is dispersed to a local fund at the Arizona Community Foundation, which is used to operate the campaign in Arizona. 100% of your online charitable gift is receipted as a charitable contribution to Razoo Foundation, advised for re-grant to your chosen charity.

    9. Who will receive my contact information?
    The organization(s) you choose to support will receive donor name and contact information, unless the donor chooses to make an anonymous contribution. As host of Arizona Gives Day, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits will receive contact information for donors who participate in Arizona Gives Day and do not choose to give anonymously at the time of their donation. This information is used solely to thank the donor for participating, provide the option to opt-in to receiving future notifications from the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and to notify the donor of future Arizona Gives Day activities.

    10. Do I need to have an account with Razoo to donate?
    No, you do not need to create an account to make a donation. However, if you plan to give multiple times creating an account means you only have to enter your credit card information once. Your account also collects your tax receipts in one location, enables you to track your donation, review the charities you support, and schedule future giving.

    11. Can I make a donation on Arizona Gives Day to an organization from my mobile device?
    Yes. Arizona Gives Day mobile facilitates quick, easy and secure donations on all web-enabled mobile devices and is a great tool for donors and nonprofits during April 9, 2014 for giving on the go! Simply visit on any web-enabled mobile device to make a donation or learn about a nonprofit or school.

    12. How do I get a tax receipt?
    Your tax receipt is e-mailed to you immediately by Razoo Foundation upon successful processing of your donation. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please retain your email donation receipt as an official record.

    13. Minimum donation:
    The minimum donation on is $10.00. There is no maximum donation for Arizona Gives Day. This is a 24 hour giving event, so please make your donations during April 9 (or schedule them in advance) to ensure your donation counts towards prizes for the nonprofit.

    14. Who is behind Arizona Gives Day?
    Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum. Our Statewide Steering Committee is comprised of leaders across sectors. FirstBank is our title sponsor. For a list of all other current sponsors, visit the homepage.

    • Thanks Allison for your reply. I thought that people can and do give any amt. over $10 to the nonprofit of their choice. I am getting lots of emails from various groups reminding people about AZ Gives Day, starting at midnight tonight. Ben’s Bells and Owl & Panther project here in Tucson already have several donations scheduled, as does the Humane Society of So. AZ. They have large groups of supporters, volunteers, donors.

    • True, the money goes to the non-profit. But, where I work, at a large non-profit, those that are giving to AZ Gives are told, if they give to this non-profit, they can get tax credit for up to $200 per person or $400 per couple from the State of AZ. Hence, the vast majority of the donations ARE for $200 or $400. I don’t know if all the major recipient participants are doing the same.
      I like to contribute to some of these groups, but when I do, I don’t take the State credit. That is another approach. My impression is that the major recipients of AZ Gives does stress the cannibalizing State tax credit. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

      • I don’t see anything on Az Gives Day website about encouraging donations for the tax credit, and didn’t see it online last year either. But I just realized that did pick up a card which does encourage the tax credit, which surprised me as I thought most of the donations were much smaller. Thanks for the information as this tax credit must be new. Another card I have from SAAF doesn’t mention the tax credit at all as an incentive to give. In 2013 Tucson Watershed Management won a $15,000 prize, on top of the donations they received. Their website mentions matching gifts (as does SAAF) but they don’t mention the AZ tax credit.

  4. Several questions:
    Isn’t it correct that the majority of our state taxes go to public schools?
    If so, then these AZ Gives tax credits directly reduce our public school funds, right?
    Doesn’t AZ Gives help decimate our public schools?
    Why should this be promoted?
    Isn’t this a case of the social service and educational entities cannibalizing each other?
    Wouldn’t it be better if these entities all ganged up on the source of their funding problems and to raise taxes on the rich?

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