How You Can Support Local First Arizona Foundation on Arizona Gives Day


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.

Local First Arizona Foundation and Fuerza Local helped us to grow as individuals, family, as well as professionals. Local First has given me a platform that has facilitated my growth as a mom, wife, and now as an entrepreneur.
— Mirna Cote, Escuela de Electricidad Automotriz, Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Graduate

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. 

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The contacts and connections we made through Local First Arizona Foundation have been invaluable, helped us grow, and have given us insight into the future and the direction we want our business to go!
— Pam Harris, Windswept Acres, Food and Farm Forum Attendee

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. 

The Local First Arizona Foundation has taught our community that collaboration is the key to success. Being able to develop relationships with countless like-minded individuals and businesses has been critical to my success.
— Rosalie Lamentola-Ayala, Noftsger Hill Inn, WeekendZona Participant

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. 

Thank you for your support!