By Richard Urban / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ
Cox Charities began taking applications on May 2 for grants of up to $10,000 to be awarded in the fall to nonprofit organizations, schools, faith-based organizations, and tribal entities in Pinal, Maricopa, Pima, and Cochise counties.
Cox Charities, funded by Cox Communications employees, is directing the grants to organizations that focus on K-12 education, diversity and inclusion, and environment and sustainability programs.
For more than 25 years Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have donated more than $9 million to help the Arizona communities where they live and work. Cox Charities funds its work throughout the year with employee fundraisers, personal contributions, and community fundraising partnerships.
Last year, Cox Charities distributed nearly $500,000 to 113 Arizona nonprofits serving Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. The charity is extending its reach this year, adding Pinal and Cochise counties, where Cox Communications has been expanding services.
“For more than 25 years, Cox Charities has been a vital lifeline for Arizona nonprofits focused on youth, education, diversity, and sustainability. These shining stars have had to carry our community on their shoulders, and Cox Charities is proud to support them,” said Percy Kirk, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Arizona.
“We are also proud that our employees not only financially support the work of those in our community, but also volunteer more than 51,000 hours of their time and talent each year to local organizations,” he said.
The application deadline is May 27. Details and applications are posted on the Cox Charities Arizona website. Cox Charities does not fund general or capital campaigns and is open to organizations that possess 501c3 status and are in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service.
For questions about an organization's eligibility or for assistance with the application, Cox Charities asks that you email the Arizona Community Foundation's Grants Manager.