Supporting Tucson Nonprofits Supports the Local Economy

Article written by LFA Inter Lauren Kaiser Trees for Tucson

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:

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Vail Preservation Society 

Tucson Clean & Beautiful Inc.

The Rialto Theatre

Internation Sonoran Desert Allience 

Ajo Center For Sustainable Agriculture 

Native Seeds/Search

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park 

Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation

Tucson Museum of Art

Sustainable Tucson 

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Arizona Jewish Post

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Ben's Bells

Arizona Trail Association 

Living Streets Alliance 

Presidio San Agustin Museum

Tucson Association of Museums

World Care

MOCA: Museum of Contemporary Art