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CFSA Awards Update


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CFSA Awards $300,000 in Grants for General Operating Support through New Grantmaking Program – CORE Grants

This grantmaking strategy confronts the 21st-century challenges and looks to achieve more significant community impact

TUCSON, Ariz., (October 11, 2017) – Recognizing a need to support nonprofits with flexible funding, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) announced they awarded $300,000 in grants for general operating support funds to ten high-impact nonprofits in Southern Arizona.

“Our research showed that providing high-impact organizations with flexible funding leverages their ability to make a difference,” stated Sandra Nathan, Senior Vice President of Philanthropic Services and Community Investments at CFSA. “These funds will provide nonprofits with the flexibility they need to focus on their core mission and foster a deeper partnership with CFSA in improving the life of people and places in Southern Arizona.”

As the name suggests, CORE grants look to support fundamental needs, including administrative costs, program expenses or salaries. CFSA believes that for the nonprofit community to improve the life of people and places in Southern Arizona, they need the core unrestricted working capital to leverage their impact.

The CORE grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson

Community Home Repair Projects of Arizona

Higher Ground a Resource Center

Interfaith Community Services

Job Path, Inc.

Literacy Connects

Make Way for Books

Mobile Meals of Southern Arizona

Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation

YWCA Southern Arizona

CORE Grantee’s were carefully and rigorously evaluated over the past three months by committees of both staff and community representatives who made sure each application upheld the CORE values of community, organizational sustainability, results and effective programs.

“The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is excited to see in what innovative and impactful ways these organizations will use CORE support. We look forward to being their partner as they tell the story of why general operating support is so meaningful and important to high impact nonprofits.” said Kelly Huber Director, Strategic Grants and Initiatives at CFSA.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations with general operating support and looks forward to lasting partnerships with our donors and the community that will enable us to make this grant program a priority in future years.

For more information regarding CORE grants, please click here or contact is Kelly Huber, Director, Strategic Grant and Initiatives at CFSA.

About the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona provides expertise and skilled guidance to help donors give back in ways that are aligned with their charitable and financial goals. Donors establish charitable funds that join hundreds of other funds under one organizational roof and every year, portions of each fund are used to make grants, scholarships, and awards in accordance with each donor’s intentions. The Board of Trustees oversees the Foundation’s growing community endowment and ensures that donors’ intentions are honored now and forever. For more information, visit