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Arizona continues to experience one of the highest poverty rates in the country. The percentage of Arizonans living in poverty equals 18.8 percent or more than 1.2 million people. Many nonprofit organizations that provide food, utility assistance and other basic needs have seen their demand for services rise between 60-80%. Many of those families asking for help are doing so for the first time.
Your donation to Legacy Connection, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity will help pay for food, clothing, shoes, bedding, educational supplies, medical and dental support, and other types of assistance to meet the basic needs of children and their families in the greater Phoenix and Tri-State regions.
Starting with the 2013 tax year, you do not have to itemize deductions to claim an Arizona tax credit for contributions to a qualifying charitable organization.
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About BHHS Legacy Foundation
Since 2001, Phoenix-based BHHS Legacy Foundation has been a nonprofit charitable public foundation focusing on the health and health-related needs of those residing in the geographic areas previously served by its former health facilities-primarily the Greater Phoenix and West Valley region, and Tri-State region of Bullhead City, AZ, Laughlin, NV and Needles, CA. 
Since its inception, the Foundation has invested more than $61 million in Arizona communities to support programs and projects of nonprofit organizations that improve the health and quality of life of Arizona children, families and seniors. 
In 2013, the Foundation purchased and renovated a new building to serve as its new headquarters. Legacy Place is located at 360 E. Coronado in Phoenix and will also house other nonprofits in line with the Foundation’s mission. The Foundation plans to relocate to the new location by mid-December, 2013.

Visit here for a comprehensive list of the Foundation’s grant giving.

BHHS Legacy Foundation Announces Over $5.2 Million in Grants Awarded to Health and Health-Related Arizona Nonprofits in 2013BHHS Legacy Foundation announced today that in calendar year 2013, the Foundation awarded nearly $5.3 million to over 100 Arizona nonprofits to support health and health-related programs benefiting Arizona children, families and seniors. Grant awards ranged from $1,000 to $550,000.Of the more than $5 million awarded in 2013, nearly $1.7 million was granted to nonprofit organizations in the Tri-State region. The balance of $3.6 million was awarded to nonprofit organizations in the Greater Phoenix region.An additional $352,000 was raised by individual community donors to Legacy Connection, the Foundation’s fundraising affiliate. One hundred percent of those funds raised through Legacy Connection are granted to organizations serving essential needs and services to primarily underserved children in our community.

“Now in our 13th year, the Foundation Board and Staff continue to actively furthering our mission to improve the health and lives of those served”, commented Gerald L. Wissink, CEO of BHHS Legacy Foundation and Legacy Connection.

The Foundation’s 2013 community grant funding awards supported community programs and projects that:

Improve Access To Healthcare ($1,664,749) – Examples of funded programs include:


  • Arizona Dental Foundation – $50,000 for their Urgent Care Dental Clinic
  • Desert Mission, Inc. – $100,000 for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner to serve in Desert Mission’s Community Health Center
  • School Based/YMCA Community Health Center Program – $400,000 to support access to healthcare for uninsured Title I school children
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul – $200,000 to support dental preventive care and treatment services for Title I school children
  • Southwest Center for HIV/AIDs – $75,000 for an Integrated Collaborative Care Model
  • VisionQuest 20/20 –  $128,000 for 3rd year funding of the Maricopa County
    Title I Schools Vision Health Project


Improve Community Health Through Prevention And Education ($568,800) – Examples of funded programs include:


  • Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation – $300,000 over 3 years to support the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute Family and Community Services
  • Children’s Action Alliance – $50,000 for their outreach efforts to get children enrolled in health insurance
  • Esperanca Inc. – $30,000 for Health Education Programming at the Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA Health Clinic
  • Feeding Matters – $50,000 to implement a Medical Professional Education Webinar for Pediatric Feeding Struggles
  • Partnership for Drug-Free America, Arizona Affiliate – $29,000 Family and Healthcare Educators Toolkit
  • Wellness Community Arizona – $50,000 for expansion of their cancer support programming to the West Valley


Expand Arizona’s Healthcare Workforce($409,950) – Examples of funded programs include:


  • Arizona College Scholarship Foundation – $73,200 for the Legacy Scholars Program
  • Helping Hands for Single Moms – $50,000 for the Glendale Community College Collaborative program for 2014
  • Midwestern University, Glendale Campus – $20,000 to support MWU’s High School Outreach Program
  • Mohave Community College – $100,000 to nursing and medical health student scholarships
  • Western Maricopa Education Center – $60,000 for the Healthcare Career Preparation Program


Strengthen And Support Community Efforts($2,657,507) – Examples of funded programs include:


  • Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped (ARCH) – $50,000 for expansion of their ARCHKids dedicated space project
  • Assistance League of Phoenix – $130,000 for Operation School Bell
  • Association of Arizona Food Banks – $50,000 for the Statewide Gleaning Project
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Colorado River – $800,000 towards a capital expansion project of a gymnasium and community center
  • Experience Matters Inc – $50,000 for the Encore Fellows program
  • Gabriel’s Angels – $50,000 for expanding dog therapy programming to high risk traumatized and abused children
  • Gomper’s Habilitation Center – $75,000 for the i.C.A.N. Assistive Technology Initiative


Click here for a comprehensive list of the Foundation’s grant giving.

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