At Local First Arizona Foundation, we're working every day to create an Arizona economy that is sustainable, resilient, and celebratory of diverse cultures. To achieve this vision, the Local First Arizona Foundation focuses on a wide range of strategic initiatives that target systems of inequity and build prosperity for all Arizonans.
These initiatives and programs don't exist without support from our partners, donors, and Localists. On Arizona Gives Day on Tuesday, April 3, make a gift of any size to Local First Arizona Foundation to show your support for an Arizona economy that works for everyone.
Your Arizona Gives Day donation will help us:
Power Arizona's Entrepreneurs
The Fuerza Local Business Accelerator is a six-month program designed to teach underserved Latino business owners the multiple facets of building a sustainable and prosperous future through entrepreneurship.
To date, more than 180 business owners have already completed the program since its launch in 2014, and combined have generated more than $8.1 million in gross sales and borrowed more than $1.1 million.
Celebrate Arizona's Homegrown Foods
Through our Healthy Local Foods Initiative like Good Food Finder, we work to build healthy food systems by working directly with the producers and growers as well as by educating consumers about the importance of buying local foods and where to find them.
Our work reaches every corner of Arizona to support local food producers and give them the resources that they need. We also reach over 2,000 Good Food Finder users per month, connecting them with healthy local foods in their communities.
Grow Arizona's Small Town Economies
Through the Arizona Rural Development Council, we grow Arizona’s small-town economies by working directly with businesses, leaders, and organizations within these communities to create unique solutions that result in widespread prosperity.
Our broad rural programming connects hundreds of rural stakeholders and leaders at the annual Rural Policy Forum; introduces hundreds of kids to STEM activities; helps communities identify and leverage their assets; as well as spotlight small town communities as tourist destinations through WeekendZona.
Help us continue to build self-reliant and vibrant communities across the state. Schedule your Arizona Gives Day contribution today.
We've also put together a helpful toolkit that you can access for text and images for telling your friends and family that you're supporting Local First Arizona Foundation on Arizona Gives Day!
And if you really want to show your support all year long, sign up to be a Localist. Your sustained monthly gift will help us further increase our impact and help build opportunity for all Arizonans.