Often times, when people think of ways to support their local economy, their first thoughts might be to switch to a local coffee shop or to hire a local painter, who will in turn hire other local businesses for their services. Often though, some people might over look the significance of supporting local nonprofits as well. A recent statewide study by the Arizona Community Foundation found that in fact 8% of the state’s Gross State Product is generated by Arizona’s nonprofit sector. Not only are nonprofits doing great work to improve social, economic, health, and other issues is the community, but they are also creating jobs and spending money at other local businesses and supporting their jobs.
At Local First Arizona, our goal is to build a stronger community by supporting locally owned businesses. With over 2,900 business members in the business directory, LFA has hundreds of nonprofit members who are also helping improve our communities and support our economy. Arizona Gives Day is coming up on April 5th and it's a great time to donate to your local nonprofits, but consider donating some of your time and talents throughout the whole year. Southern Arizona faces different issues and has different social environments compared to the rest of the state. Local nonprofits recognize the differences and have different solutions for effectively aiding our community to make it a better home for everyone.
If you're looking to get involved in nonprofits in the Tucson Area, check out some of our great Southern Arizona Nonprofit Members: