Local Businesses Give Back

Arizona Gives Day is on April 4th this year. It's a day that the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits has recognized as a day for everyone to give back to local nonprofits. They also provide ways businesses can support Arizona's nonprofit community, creating an Arizona Gives Day Business Best Practices Guide and have provided other informational material to engage local businesses on this special day. 

Correspondingly, Local First Arizona has decided to spotlight business members that have recently contributed to their philanthropic duties. Local businesses are known for their involvement in their local communities, and studies show that local businesses give back at higher rates than national chains. So when you Buy Local, you can expect that your dollars will go back to supporting the local community in many ways. 

These dedicated members have shown what it’s truly like to give back to our communities and have inspired spreading endless love throughout Arizona.

8th Annual Swim and Gym Festival

The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center and Hubbard Family Swim Schools will be partnering up to host their 8th Annual Swim and Gym Festival on Saturday March 25, from 3:00pm - 6:00pm. They will be hoping to raise $10,000 for the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Children of all ages will get to enjoy a FREE family swim and water play at Hubbard Family Swim Schools. Along with FREE gymnastics and dance classes, karate, face painting, balloon making, bounce houses, food vendors, local vendors, a visit from Miss Arizona, DJ performances, Phoenix police cars and fire trucks, and more! Admission is free but donations to Phoenix Children’s Hospital is highly encouraged. The event will be held in the Kino Plaza, the parking lot between The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center and Hubbard Family Swim Schools located at 13832 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032. - MORE

100 Women Brewing for the Community

Barrio Brewing Company and Hensley Beverage Company benefitted four Arizona nonprofits this past January. 100 women participants gathered for the second time to support the Sojourner Center in Phoenix, the Northland Family Help Center in Flagstaff, Wings for Women in Tucson, and the Prescott Area Women’s Shelter in Prescott. They successfully exceeded their goal to raise $10,000 for these organizations. What a beautiful way to represent women advocating for women!

Genuine Concepts Community Handle Program

Every month, The Little Woody, Linger Longer Lounge, and The Vig participate in their Community Handle Program. This unique charitable program features a brewery to sponsor chosen organizations within the greater Phoenix area. In January, they partnered with Lagunitas to benefit proceeds to the Arizona Humane Society. In February, they also partnered with Huss Brewing Company in efforts to support Boys Hope Girls Hope. For the month of March, they’ve currently teamed up with Samuel Adams to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Phoenix. - MORE

I-HELP 5k Run/Walk to Alleviate Homelessness

Tempe Community Action Agency is an organization who advocates for alleviating hunger, poverty, and homelessness. They will be hosting the I-HELP 5K Run/Walk and the proceeds will benefit the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program on March 25. More event information. TCAA will also be hosting their grand opening celebration for their fourth location Wednesday April 5, from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. This location will assist their Emergency Services, Food Pantry, I-HELP team, and administrative offices. - MORE

Shop to Support Refugees

Due to the International Refugee Committee Phoenix losing significant funding for their resettlement programs in the United States, Changing Hands Bookstore donated all profits from sales in store and online towards the organization this past President’s Day. Essentially, this was an incredible stance on resistance and such an amazing contribution.

Festival Benefiting Military Families

Professionally produced by HDE Agency, The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival is presented by the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership, SanTan Brewing Company, Ak-Chin Indian Community, and Bashas’ Market. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit the Boot Campaign, which is dedicated to providing assistance to military families with securing mortgage free homes, post traumatic stress disorder counseling, and job placement. This event will take place Saturday March 25 at Dr. AJ Chandler Park 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. Chandler, AZ 85225. - MORE

Comedy For Charity

Fox Tucson Theatre will be hosting Comedy For Charity to donate proceeds to Rally Point, which is local nonprofit organization that assists veterans and their families. They will also be benefitting Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, which helps to prevent domestic violence. This show will be presented Sunday April 23 at 7:00pm. - MORE

Arizona Craft Brewers Guild + Northwest Firefighters Charities

The Baja Beer Festival will be hosted by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. All proceeds will benefit the Northwest Firefighters Charities, which provides programs that give back and strengthen relationships with the communities they serve. At the event there will be over 50 breweries and over 200 craft beers on tap. The festival will be held at Rillito Park, 4502 N 1st Ave Tucson, AZ 85718. - MORE