Arizona Coyotes Foundation

OVERVIEW: This sports team funder supports Arizona communities in the areas of healthcare, education, and cultural arts programs for children and for service men and women. Grants opportunities typically open in July of each year.

FUNDING AREAS: Healthcare, education, cultural arts programs for children and service men and women.

IP TAKE: This funder isn’t limited to Phoenix. Nonprofits all over the state see grants from this hockey team's foundation.

PROFILE: The Arizona Coyotes Foundation (ACF) is the philanthropic arm of the National Hockey League (NHL) team, based in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes were founded in the early 1970s and compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL. The team plays at Gila River Arena and has had a new ownership group, IceArizona, LLC, since August 2013.

ACF is part of the Coyotes’ community engagement strategy and aims to enhance quality of life in Arizona communities. It supports nonprofits in the areas of healthcare, education, and cultural arts programs for children and service men and women. It has raised millions for children’s charities for over two decades.

The foundation accepts grant requests from local nonprofits in Arizona. Grant announcements are typically made in October, and following season grants are made available for application starting the following July. Grants have gone to the ABT Performing Arts Association in Peoria, Fighter Country Foundation in Goodyear, Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, and Integrative Touch for Kids in Tucson.

ACF has a 50/50 raffle with tickets sold at every home game. Half of the money raised goes to the foundation and the nightly nonprofit partner. The foundation also raises money by charging $50 to broadcast a special message on its scoreboard. For a $100 donation to ACF, you can also ride on a Zamboni on the Coyote’s home ice.

Another team fundraising event is the Face-Off Luncheon, usually held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa. The Coyotes Golf Classic takes place in February. The Celebrity Waiters Gala is the foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year and is typically held in early December. Raise and Bowl is a bowling tournament that raises money for ACF grants to local groups. Silent auctions, jersey auctions, change jars in the arena, and license plate programs also help with this. Hockey fans can order a Papa John pizza on the first Tuesday of the month and a portion of the purchase will be donated to ACF through an established partnership.

There are two staff members at ACF. Olivia Matos is the executive director (as well as director of community relations for the team.) Katrina Hinsberg is the foundation manager. Andrew Barroway is the team owner and foundation board chair, and there are about 10 people on the board of directors.

The address is 9400 West Maryland Avenue, Glendale, Arizona 85305, and the phone is 623-772-3200.

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