OVERVIEW: This Tucson-based community funder awards regional grants in the fields of animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services.
FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services
IP TAKE: Rather than awarding discretionary grants, CFSA money flows through nine different funds. These are specific to certain regions in the state, as well as LGBT, African American, and women’s issues. Start your research on the grants schedule page to see which fund is most relevant for your nonprofit.
PROFILE: The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is a community funder based in Tucson. As with many community funders, there are a lot of different program and initiative areas, award programs, and funding topics to wrap your head around. Originally called the Greater Tucson Area Foundation, the foundation was formed in 1980 by community leaders to address local needs for the future.
Funding areas include animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, and health and human services. The foundation also has several award programs established by donors who have a particular area of interest. These include the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award, the Igor Gorin Memorial Award, the Diane Lynn Anderson Memorial Award, the Excellent Educator Recognition Award and the Hiremath Student Integrity Prize.
The community funder’s geographic affiliates are the Howard V. Moore Foundation, Oro Valley Community Foundation, Santa Cruz Community Foundation, and Stone Canyon Community Foundation. Some of the topical initiatives and funds that local groups should know about are the LGBT&S Alliance, the African American Initiative, the Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare, and Social Venture Partners. Other entities that may be able to apply directly to through CFSA are the Howard V. Moore Foundation, the Nonprofit Loan Fund of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the three community foundations noted above, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.
You can learn about each of these funding opportunities on CFSA’s grants schedule page. Each competitive grant round has its own set of guidelines and qualifications. CFSA also awards scholarships through several different donor funds.
Since 1980, CFSA has awarded more than $145 million to nonprofits in the region. At the end of a recent year, the foundation reported over $125 million in total assets, up nearly $10 million from the previous year. CFSA is led by a large board of trustees and a staff of about a dozen foundation professionals. Grantmaking questions can be directed to individual staff members by email or by phone at (520) 770-0800.
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