With more than $1.36 million in grants to 178 different charitable organizations throughout Arizona this year, Phoenix Suns Charities marks a milestone of more than $11.6 million in donations since its 1988 inception.

The announcement marks the most successful season in Phoenix Suns Charities 23-year history of funding community projects for children and families. Following a record-breaking year of giving last season, the organization this year has donated more than $1.36 million in grants, program support and scholarships to various charities throughout Arizona.

"Phoenix Suns Charities is proud to be able to support a record number of deserving charitable organizations throughout Arizona," said Kathryn Pidgeon, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities. "We are so grateful for the generous and continuous support of our Playmaker donors, marketing partners and Suns fans for helping us make such a BIG assist this year. At the Phoenix Suns, kids have always been a part of our game plan."

Non-profit organizations applied for funding through the foundation's grant application process. This year, program grants ranged from $1,000 to $100,000. A special reception recognizing all of this year's grant recipients will be at 3 p.m. Aug. 16 at US Airways Center, prior to the Phoenix Mercury's home game versus the Seattle Storm.

In addition, the annual Playmaker Award grant of $100,000, which is funded by Phoenix Suns Charities' 39 Playmaker donors, will be awarded to ICAN (Improving Chandler Area Neighborhoods). ICAN offers programs that seek to improve the academic and personal growth of the most vulnerable youth in Chandler. They empower these young people to be productive, self-confident and responsible citizens.

The grant will assist in funding construction of a basketball court at the new ICAN facility currently under construction. The basketball court represents a key element in the new ICAN facility, as it will be used by more than 200 youth daily.

Phoenix Suns Charities utilizes the resources of the Suns organization to raise funds which benefit non-profit organizations that assist the needs of children and families. Since its inception in 1988, Phoenix Suns Charities have donated more than $11.6 million to Arizona organizations, helping children and families across the state.

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I read the account above and studied your list of grantees. In 2005, the Phoenix Suns
allocated a $ 5000 grant to the newly organized first. nonprofit grant to our Afro-American newly formed non-profit in Winslow, Navajo County, Arizona. How inspiring that was both to the board of directors and how exciting that was to the groups of multi-cultural kids who attended the new, and only afterschool activities open to kids of Winslow with a special concerned for the children for at-risk and economically
disadvantaged kids of Winslow; ages 6-16.
Other funds came from other grantors, but the past two years and this year is indicatin a ver, very difficulty in acquiring operational funds; mature, qualified retired
educators serve without pay because they love children and their very maturity
'demand' respect. UPWCO is termed a 'grassroot' organization. This appears to be a 'negative; unless the org. is ' growing' in employees, hiring ;grantwriters'. increasing
the organizations's monetary assets, building a great relationship between other community organizations and city politics. In Northern Arizona , that is not possibly feasible. UPWCOLOOK look forward to acquiring enough funds for operational expenses; utilities, equipment, Irs. taxes (AZ HUD provides the rent-free doublewide
modular, playground with basketball court, etc.) Therefore UPWCO's simply
apply for small grants that total under $ 25,000 and continue with retired educators who serve needy children out of love, caring and duty. UPWCO thanks you for that first grant and is really trying to complete this ZOOM grant( downloading is a pain)
before April 4,. UPWCO would appreciate if 'grassroot org's attempts are not
evaluated against the large organization's grantwriter,' Keep in mind, that some of our participants; relatives make the long trip down to yell for the Phoenix Suns! WW

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