Cardinals Charities

OVERVIEW: This NFL team funder focuses grantmaking on women, children, and minorities in Arizona. Grants are awarded once per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Women, children, and minorities in Arizona.

IP TAKE: Whether or not you’re involved with sports, this is a great funder to know in Arizona. Funding areas are pretty broad, which means that a wide variety of human resources nonprofits receive Cardinals funding.

PROFILE: Cardinals Charities is the philanthropic arm of the Arizona Cardinals NFL football team. The foundation was established in 1990 to support opportunities for women, children, and minorities in Arizona. You can learn more about the history of this franchise and the team’s connection to Arizona here.

Cardinals Charities grants are awarded once per year to nonprofits throughout the state. Since inception, this funder has given out over $9.1 million to charitable organizations. Foundation guidelines require that at least 75 percent of all funding must be spent within Arizona. Nonprofits are welcome to apply each year for grants.

Grant application cycles typically open in early April, with deadlines in mid-July. The foundation usually awards over 100 grants per year to groups with missions that align with its own. Grantees include Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA, Ballet Arizona, Benson Area Food Bank, various Boys and Girls clubs, Duet: Partners in Health & Aging, and the Phoenix Children's Hospital Foundation. Other grants have gone to Maryvale Preparatory Academy, the Phoenix Boys Choir, and St. Andrew's Children's Clinic.

The grant application process is all online; the website provides specific information about this during an open application period.

In addition to the foundation grants, there are other community programs affiliated with the Cardinals, including the Community Quarterback Award, Neighborhood Heroes, Arizona Ford Dealers Sacks for Scholarships, and the Arizona Cardinals Women’s Club. Various players and coaches have their own ways of giving too.

For example, the Larry Fitzgerald's First Down Fund was established in 2004 to support children and families. The Arians Family Foundation was established in 2013 by Cardinals  Coach Bruce Arians and his wife Christine, a longtime family-law attorney, to help abused and neglected children. Patrick Peterson's Foundation for Success was established by Patrick Peterson in 2013 to support low-income and inner-city youth, Drew Stanton’s High 5ive Foundation has been around since 2008 to support people with disabilities, and the Professional Football Players Mothers Association is a nonprofit corporation made up of mothers to enhance the public perception of their sons. In partnership with Albertson’s, Safeway, and the University of Phoenix, the Arizona Cardinals’ NFL FLAG program organizes non-contact football leagues for kids between the ages of five and 17.

General questions can be directed to askquestions@cardinals.nfl.net, and the mailing address for the Arizona Cardinals Community Relations Department is 8701 South Hardy Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85284. The general phone number for the Cardinals is 800-999-1402. Team news can be viewed here.

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