Arizona Gives Day, an annual day of giving, has become a significant booster for nonprofit organizations across the state. This year, the campaign raised over $2.6 million for hundreds of Arizona nonprofits, a number that continues to grow year over year. This showing of support is noteworthy because we now know the impact that nonprofit organizations have on Arizona's local economy, including being major job creators and contributing more than 8% of the state's Gross State Product. This year, the Local First Arizona Foundation also saw our Arizona Gives Day numbers grow. Thanks to your overwhelming support, we blew past our goal of $17,000 and raised more than $21,000 from over 300 donors for the Local First Arizona Foundation! Your efforts also catapulted us to 5th place in our nonprofit category, meaning we won a bonus of an additional $3,000! These funds will go to support our vital economic and community development programs like the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program, our Healthy Local Foods Initiatives, and the Arizona Rural Development Council.
We'd also like to offer our congratulations to Local First Arizona nonprofit members who also made the leaderboard in various categories: Ben's Bells Project, KXCI Community Radio, and Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation. It looks like there was a strong showing of support from southern Arizonans for Arizona Gives Day!
There was also a great deal of support from local businesses for Arizona Gives Day. Those supporting the Local First Arizona Foundation included Mama's Hawaiian BBQ in Tucson, who contributed a portion of sales on April 5 to our Arizona Gives Day efforts, and Phoenix Public Market Cafe Catering, who fed our hardworking volunteers and hosted our Phoenix Watch Party.
It's been duly noted that local businesses make more charitable contributions when compared proportionately to national chains. This was well demonstrated when you see which local businesses sponsored the entire Arizona Gives Day campaign, including these Local First Arizona members and affiliates Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Arizona Community Foundation, SRP, Bashas', InBusiness Magazine, Arizona PBS, and O'Neil Printing.
We could not have achieved this enormous success without you, so thank you for investing in our mission and for all that you do to make Arizona a place we're all proud to call home! If you did miss your opportunity to contribute on Arizona Gives Day, you can always make a tax-deductible contribution on our website.