Arizona Coyotes Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Arizona Coyotes Foundation is a sports team funder supports Arizona communities in the areas of healthcare, education, and cultural arts programs for children and also for service men and women.

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

IP TAKE: This funder is not limited to Phoenix, as nonprofits from 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 been under the ownership of IceArizona, LLC since August 2013. Grantmaking areas of interest are healthcare, education, and cultural arts programs for children and service men and women.

ACF is part of the Coyotes’ community engagement strategy and aims to enhance quality of life in Arizona communities. It has raised millions for children’s charities for over two decades. 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, individuals can 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.

Foundation grants are often a few hundred or thousand dollars each. View a list of past grantees in the funder’s online grants database. The foundation supports local nonprofits in its home state of Arizona. A significant portion of the funder’s grants stay in the Phoenix area, but ACF also supports other Arizona communities as well.

ACF accepts unsolicited grant applications from local nonprofits. Grant announcements are typically made in October, and it makes the following season’s grants available for application starting the following July. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 623-772-3200.

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