OVERVIEW: The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is Major League Baseball team funder that addresses homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children's programs in Arizona. It also gives back for education and youth sports throughout the state.
FUNDING AREAS: Homelessness, indigent healthcare, children's programs, education, youth sports
IP TAKE: This is one of the most accessible and well-established sports team funders in the country. Arizona nonprofits should get in touch with this funder, regardless of who they root for on the field.
PROFILE: Established in 1997, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation (ADF) existed before the team ever played their first Major League baseball game. That first game was played in 1998. The foundation is focused on three areas: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children's programs of all types.
Children’s giving including grants for education and youth baseball field development. Additionally, ADF gives to local police, firefighters, teachers, and veterans. The team and its foundation have made more than $50 million in charitable contributions to nonprofits throughout the state of Arizona. A majority of the awards are given through the foundation. The team has also given more than $10 million in tickets and autographed merchandise to nonprofits, schools, auctions, and other events. Most of the funds that the Diamondbacks have to give come from events like the Diamond Gala, 50/50 raffles, D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic, D-backs Race Against Cancer, Diamonds Back Field Building Program, a license plate program, D-backs Authentics, Chase Field Tour Program, Mystery Ball, and online auctions. Donors who are fans of the team also contribute to the funds. The foundation has built and refurbished dozens of baseball fields as part of its charitable investment for youth sports. More recently, ADF partnered with the University of Phoenix to launch a statewide school grant program for $5,000 grants.
Program grants are given statewide to nonprofits in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Grand Slam grants are larger and in the $15,000 to $100,000 range. All nonprofits in Arizona are welcome to apply for ADF grant programs, as funding is typically confined within the state.
The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from local groups. Community grants and the Grand Slam Awards are given out annually to Arizona nonprofits. Application review is completed by employees, the executive council, and season ticket holders. The executive council is made up of local professionals that work for companies like Arizona Milk Producers, DPR Construction, Firetrace USA, and Fox Sports Arizona. The foundation posts its grant application deadlines on its Community Grants page. Grantseekers can get a copy of the application by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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