Non profits need assistance on Arizona Gives Day


April 7, 2020 is Arizona Gives Day, an annual day when people donate to their favorite nonprofit. This event online in the past has raised millions of dollars for worthy organizations in Arizona, since 2013. Now more than ever, due to the COVID 19 outbreak/pandemic, Arizona nonprofits need your help. Many of them have had fundraising events cancelled, so their revenues have decreased considerably. Many have had to shut their doors as “non-essential services”.

Arizona Gives and Arizona Gives Day is a collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and Arizona Grantmakers that began in 2013. This partnership has helped raise more than $17 million for Arizona’s nonprofit sector. This statewide, 24-hour, online giving campaign takes place in early April each year. The program is supported by our presenting sponsor FirstBank, along with a variety of other sponsor organizations.”

$1.1 Million was raised in the first year (2013), growing to $3.6 Million in 2019.

It’s a 24 hour online giving effort via their website. Here’s a list of the participating nonprofits (240 in Tucson) :

Give generously in 2020, as this is a time of great need and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and increased unemployment.


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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. It’s Arizona Gives Day 2020. Already over $1 M has been donated. Watch the Leaderboards all day to see how your favorite nonprofit is doing: BASIS Charter Schools and Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona on top right now — excellent news for the latter, faced with the COVID 19 outbreak and the need for food.

  2. I certainly support your efforts to get people to donate to good causes but I have a fundamental long-term opposition to letting individual Arizonans allocate tax money to their pet charities. The system of allowing tax credits undermines the ability of the legislature to appropriate state revenue and distorts the efforts to have a just and balanced government. We elect representatives to allocate state resources and we should leave it to them, not let them avoid responsibility. When we don’t like their decisions we can elect someone else.
    I understand that there are lots of organizations with a stake in the present system and that it will be difficult to terminate it, but at least we should adopt stricter qualifying standards and then enforce them. Those of us who wish to support some charitable organizations should continue to do so but with our money not state dollars.

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