Axosoft is passionate about supporting our community through donations, sponsorships, volunteer work, mentorship, teaching, and really any other way we can think of! That’s why we’re excited to participate in Arizona Gives Day today!
What is Arizona Gives Day?
Arizona Gives Day is a single statewide day of giving that has raised $4.5 million for Arizona nonprofits since 2013. This year, #AZGivesDay will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 12:00 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. (Arizona Time).
Okay, but why is it important?
Arizona nonprofits provide necessary services to our communities and are actually an integral part of our state’s economy. Annually, they have an economic impact of $22.4 billion, or nearly 8% of Arizona’s gross state product, and employ 324,000 people.
So, what should we do?
Monetary donations are the most direct way to help a nonprofit make an impact! Donations empower nonprofits to allocate funds where they are most needed. Arizona Gives Day is focused on helping participating nonprofits raise funds that are critical to supporting their work.
At Axosoft, we’re donating to a nonprofit called Support My Club, whose mission is to help students on their path to graduation by engaging communities to fulfill the needs of school clubs and teams. Their vision is for all students to have the opportunity to pursue their hopes, dreams and aspirations through participation in extracurricular activities.
Support My club is able to meet their objectives through these donations! They have grown at a significant rate year-over-year since their inception in 2012; currently serving 83 high schools across the state of Arizona with nearly 400 clubs in Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics. Donors have fulfilled over 4,200 needs totaling over $225,000!
According to Amy Armstrong, CEO and Founder of Support My Club,
“Research says that structured after-school activities work. They work to engage students, keep them in school, and keep them from participating in risky behaviors. Clubs and sporting activities need help to provide the inspired minds and innovative ideas of students with the tools to succeed in their missions. That’s where we come in.”
The Story of Support My Club
I asked Amy what inspired her to found Support My Club, and this was her response:
“I was working with a local high school and saw the amazing talents and innovative ideas that these students had, but many were just dreaming about them because they didn’t have the tools or resources to make them come to life. For example, there was a newly formed Fashion Club with gorgeous sketches of ball gown, but they didn’t have a sewing machine, fabric, scissors or thread—so the ideas sat on paper. After we equipped them properly, they created an entire line of original dresses and held their first runway show! There were so many examples like that… opportunities for the students to pursue their talents and passions if they were supported.”
For Support My Club, Arizona Gives Day is an important day because it not only brings awareness to their services and opportunities but it is a chance to gather with other nonprofits in a day of celebration! Amy remarked,
“Nonprofit employees, board members and volunteers work very hard on a wide variety of issues in our state and I so appreciate the community feeling of support that is shown on Arizona Gives Day.”
Amy proudly told me,
“Last year, the money raised during this 1 day was what funded an AmeriCorps VISTA to be placed with us full time for 1 year. That capacity building position allowed us to open up our services statewide and we are now serving 7 additional counties outside of Maricopa!”
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