Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation

OVERVIEW: This MLB team funder 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: The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation (ADF) was established in 1997, 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. They have 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.

Community grants and the Grand Slam Awards are given out annually to Arizona nonprofits. Applications are reviewed 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 is run by a board of directors consisting of 13 members.

Program grants are given statewide to nonprofits in the amounts of $1,000 to $5,000. Over 1,170 program grants totaling over $5.1 million have been given out since 1998. Grand Slam grants are larger and in the $15,000 to $100,000 range. At least 63 of these grants, totaling over $5.2 million, have been awarded since this program began in 2002. All nonprofits in Arizona are welcome to apply for ADF grant programs.

The Diamondbacks were the first professional sports team to win the inaugural United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award in 2010. This peace prize represents organizations that give back to their communities through corporate responsibility. This particular award recognized the team’s work with the Boys and Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix and the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center.

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 dbacksfoundation@dbacks.com. You can keep up with this funder on its Community News page.

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