Thunderbirds Charities Donates $2.5 Million to Valley Charities During Spring Funding Cycle

Thunderbirds Charities, the charitable giving arm of The Thunderbirds – hosts of the Waste Management Phoenix Open – awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to 58 Valley charities during its 2021 spring funding cycle. Thunderbirds Charities awarded grants of $150,000 or more to four Valley Charities that included $250,000 to Phoenix Public Library Foundation, $200,000 to Teen Lifeline, $200,000 to Human Services Campus, and $150,000 to Homeward Bound.

With the spring funding cycle in the books, Thunderbirds Charities has now opened its 2021 fall funding cycle. Information about the fall funding cycle can be found at

“Many charities and nonprofit organizations are still reeling from the effects of the pandemic,” said Scott Jenkins, President of Thunderbirds Charities. “Obviously, we take tremendous pride in providing these grants to deserving organizations who help so many in our communities – especially during times of great difficulty and incredible challenges. Supporting our charity partners is, without a doubt, the most gratifying part of being a Thunderbird, and together, we look forward to a strong rebound which will help us get back to giving back.”

The $250,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities will support Phoenix Public Library Foundation’s Children’s Place at the Burton Barr Central Library – a 10,000 square-foot, children-oriented learning space located on the first floor of Phoenix’s downtown central library.

With the grant of $200,000, Human Services Campus will be able to support their critical client services which helps remove barriers for individuals experiencing homelessness and lead to permanent housing.

Thunderbirds Charities’ grant of $200,000 will support Teen Lifeline’s Teen Crisis Hotline/Textline which trains teens to talk to other teens about their problems, giving teens in crisis a free and safe place to connect with someone they can relate to.

Another grant of $150,000 will go to Homeward Bound to create pathways out of poverty for homeless families in the Valley, keeping families together and creating communities where every family has a home.


Additional grants awarded from the spring 2021 cycle:

All Sports Foundation DBA Prostate On-Site Project $12,000 Prostate On-Site Project
Arizona Association for Foster and Adoptive Parents $10,000 Strengthening Foster, Kinship, Adoptive Families
Arizona Cancer Foundation for Children $50,000 Improving Lives Impacted by Pediatric Cancer
Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation $25,000 Fostering Success for Children in Foster Care
Arizona Recreation Center For The Handicapped $15,000 ARCHKids Year Round Services
ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER $25,000 CREATE on Wheels, Maker Kits and Virtual Programs
Arizona Strut Students Recycling Used Technology $25,000 Techie Empowerment Upgrade Camps
Arouet Foundation $25,000 Arouet Opportunity Center
Assistance League of East Valley $20,000 Operation School Bell
Aster Aging $25,000 Neighbors Program
Be A Leader Foundation $50,000 Pipeline of College Access & Postsecondary Success
Benevilla $25,000 Benefitness Adaptive Gym
Billy’s Place $10,000 Billy’s Place School Enhancement for Grieving Kids
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale $50,000 Supporting our Community Youth During COVID-19
Brighter Way Institute $75,000 Oral Health Services for Homeless Individuals
Camp Catanese Foundation $75,000 Camp Catanese Summer 2021
Childrens Museum Of Phoenix $35,000 Children’s Garden & KIDchen
Cloud Covered Streets $10,000 Showering Our Streets With Love
College Success Arizona $25,000 Mentoring Resilient Students
Desert Voices $25,000 Building Equity with Access to Sound
Detour Company Theatre $10,000 Virtual Academy and Summer Skills Intensive
Duet: Partners In Health & Aging $37,000 Support for Non-English Speaking Kinship Families
Elevate Phoenix $25,000 Youth and Family Enrichment Program
Furnishing Dignity $25,000 Surviving to Thriving by Transforming A Home!
Gabriel’s Angels $20,000 Pet Therapy Program
Girl Scouts-Arizona Cactus-Pine Council $50,000 Girl Scout Social Impact Programs
Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona $100,000 Construction In Training (CIT)
Healthy LifeStars $20,000 The LifeStars Challenge Maricopa Co Expansion
Homeless ID Project, Inc $75,000 ID Empowers Our Community
Homeless Youth Connection $50,000 Empowering Youth For The Future
Homeward Bound $150,000 Empowering Homeless Families
HonorHealth Desert Mission $50,000 School-Based Food Pantry Program
Hope Women’s Center $20,000 Hope Heals
Human Services Campus, Inc. $200,000 Critical Client Services
ICAN: Positive Programs for Youth $50,000 ICAN’s Positive Youth Development Program
Junior Achievement of Arizona $50,000 Providing Real-World Skills to Low-Income Kids
Kids in Focus $10,000 After-School Photography Mentoring & Grads Program
Kids Need to Read $25,000 The Page Coach
Lions Camp Tatiyee $25,000 Emotional Support Crisis Intervention Project
Live & Learn $10,000 Women Thriving
Maggie’s Place, Inc. $40,000 Family Success Center for Homeless Pregnant Women
Meals of Joy $5,000 Meals of Joy
Mitchell Swaback Charities, Inc. $30,000 Harvest Compassion Center West Phoenix
Open Table, Inc. $25,000 Community Convening™  for Social Reconciliation
Phoenix Indian Center $25,000 Phoenix Indian Center Emergency Rental Assistance
Phoenix Public Library Foundation $250,000 Children’s Place at Burton Barr Central Library
ResilientMe, Inc $10,000 R’s of ResilientMe
Saving Amy, Inc. $20,000 Rise Up Program
Smiles and Beyond $5,000 Changing Smiles Changing Lives
Soldier’s Best Friend $10,000 Service/Therapeutic Companion Dog Training Program
Southwest Human Development $61,000 Children’s Developmental Center
Special Olympics Arizona, Inc. $120,000 SOAZ 2021 Programs and Competitions
Teen Lifeline $200,000 Teen Crisis Hotline/Texline
The MVP Foundation $50,000 The MVP Leadership Academy
Treasure House $20,000 Job Training Program for Individuals with IDD
Treasures 4 Teachers $45,000 T4T on Wheels
United Service Organizations, Incorporated (USO Arizona) $50,000 Support for Military Service Members and Families
WHAM Art Association $5,000 Teen Art Club





Thunderbirds Charities is a non-profit organization formed in 1986 to distribute monies raised through the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament. The Thunderbirds Charities Board consists of 15 board members from varying professional backgrounds. The mission of Thunderbirds Charities is to assist children and families, help people in need and improve the quality of life in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. The organization’s giving is directed toward organizations based or with a significant presence in Arizona. The Thunderbirds were founded in 1937 with the mission of promoting the Valley of the Sun through sports. The Thunderbirds consist of 55 “active” members and more than 280 “life” members. For more information on The Thunderbirds or Thunderbirds Charities, visit 



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