Giving for AZ Gives Day

Joining us for Arizona Gives Day? Here are a few tips to help the Mission "win big" for this 24 hour day of giving!



7:00 am - most donations during this hour wins $5,000!

8:00 am - most donations during this hour wins $2,500!

10:00 am - most donations during this hour wins $2,500!

2:00 pm - most donations during this hour wins $5,000!

4:00 pm - most donations during this hour wins $2,500!


Of course, the Mission is blessed to have your support, no matter how, or when you give. Arizona Gives Day is an incredible opportunity for non-profits to raise awareness for our mission, and have the opportunity to reach further hurting, homeless and hungry men, women and children with the chance of winning over $10,000 in cash prizes from your support! Thank you for considering giving a gift, the Mission would not be able to serve our community in desperate need without YOU!

Ready to get started? Click HERE to learn more, and pre-scedule your gift!

“Being homeless is the only home I have.”

Charles, now 74 years old, has been homeless for nearly a decade. He doesn’t remember exactly when he started living on the streets, but he does know he’s been living at a Glendale bus stop for eight years. It’s the only home he has. We met Charles during Phoenix Rescue Mission’s annual PIT (Point-In-Time) count, a day where we hit the streets to help the Department of Economic Security determine just how many men and women currently call our streets home. At the time, his most pressing need was simply a pair of gloves to keep his hands warm during the chilly winter nights here in Phoenix. He not only received those gloves, we were able to find him a real bed and hope for a better life off the streets.

Although Charles has been living a lifestyle few of us will ever experience first-hand, his worth and value in God’s eyes is no less significant. Thanks to your support, Phoenix Rescue Mission is working to give people like Charles an escape from the hidden and often forgotten parts of the Valley of the Sun, what we call the Valley of the Shadows. Our goal is to bring hope and freedom to these darkened areas to rescue lives like Charles’ – and making Phoenix a brighter place for us all. Thank you for your partnership that makes life-changing efforts like this possible.

Arizona Gives Day

Mark Your Calendars!

Arizona Gives Day helps raise awareness about Arizona nonprofits and the critical role they play in our communities and state. On April 3, the event will inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our state stronger and creating a thriving community for all.

Arizona Gives Day is an opportunity to make a meaningful difference for hungry and homeless neighbors. And you just might help the Mission win up to $10,000 in prize cash, so we can provide even more help to our neighbors in need!

That's because Arizona Gives Day awards cash prizes to the charities in our state that raise the most support, from the most dollars raised, to the most unique donations during certain hours in the day, to having the most pre-scheduled donations!


If you'd like to pre-schedule your donation, take these steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click the "DONATE NOW" button
  3. When pre-scheduling a donation, you will be prompted to create an account through
  4. Make sure you pick your donation date as April 3, 2018 so your gift will count towards the incentive prize totals
  5. DONATE!

Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers!)


What is Arizona Gives Day?

Arizona Gives Day is a powerful 24 hour online giving experience that unites Arizonans around causes they believe in. ... This single statewide day of giving has raised $10.1 million for Arizona nonprofits since 2013.

Can I pre-schedule my gift?

Yes, Donors can create an account to pre-schedule donations, set-up recurring donations and make changes to their giving throughout the year or they can checkout as a guest and give immediately.

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, you will be sent an electronic tax receipt with a list of each organization you gave to via the email address you provide.

What does Arizona Gives do with my contact information?

Arizona Gives does not share or sell donor information to any other organization or third party, but does reserve the right to communicate with donors for the purpose of user surveys/newsletters, Arizona Gives information and general education about philanthropy.

How do I know if a nonprofit organization on is valid?

Arizona Gives does verify if an organization is a registered 501c3 organization with the IRS. However, it is up to each individual to carry out their own 'due diligence' prior to giving a donation to determine if the organization meets their own guildelines. There are many tools available to help you determine this. These are just a few: GuideStar, Charity Navigator, BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Watch.

In addition, Arizona Gives is operated in full compliance with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and it will not violate or infringe the rights of others. We reserve the right to delete a nonprofit's profile from the website, without notice and to the extent required by law, if we find any material that is offensive or claims to violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights of others.

Why should I give through the Arizona Gives website versus directly to an organization?

Arizona Gives Day (4/3/18) allows nonprofits to win additional money from the $180,000 prize pool. Some of the prizes are based on total amount raised within a particular category. Categories are based on annual revenue size or location. Nonprofits can also win prizes through random drawings just for participating or being an Alliance member. For a donation to count towards the total amount raised it must be made through the website in the allotted time on Arizona Gives Day.

Arizona Gives allows donors to manage and keep track of their annual giving in one place. Donors have complete control of their donations and can adjust their giving as they see fit. Donors can also create an individual fundraising campaign for the nonprofits and missions they care most about at any time of the year.

How do I know if my donation is tax deductible?

The State of Arizona has designated Phoenix Rescue Mission as a qualified charitable organization. That means all the donations you make to us can be used to receive the tax credit, up to the $400/$800 limit.

You can also find additional Arizona Tax Credit information at Beginning in 2017, qualifying tax credit donations can be claimed on your previous year's taxes. Click Here for more information on this.

Community Easter Event

Our Community Easter Event to benefit low-income children and families is right around the corner! On March 24th, the Mission is expecting to serve over 1,000 children and over 700 families!

If you would like to participate and/or receive assistance at this event, please contact Volunteer Services at (602)346-3363 or Open spaces tend to fill up quickly so inquire about signing up as soon as possible!

Our Greatest Need: This year, our greatest need will be for pre-filled Easter baskets to hand out to the children who will be coming to this event. If you want to help this outreach happen, but can't decide how you like to give, please consider organizing an Easter basket drive or making a few on your own.

Our goal is 1000 filled wrapped Easter baskets and 700 Easter Fill-A-Bag’s for low-income families in need. If you would like to participate in making Easter baskets or Food Boxes, below you will see a suggested list of items to include. If you have questions about getting started and involved, contact Catie at (602)346-3347 or

Filled Easter Baskets - 1,000 Needed

Ideas for filling the baskets include:

  • "Grass"
  • Plastic Eggs (filled with candy)
  • Coloring books with crayons
  • Candy (no chocolate)
  • Children's books/Bible
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Small toys

Filled Food Boxes - 700 Needed

Ideas for filling the food boxes:

  • 1 jar of peanut butter
  • 4 cans of fruit
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 2 cans of beans
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1 box, or bag of cereal
  • 2 packages of instant potatoes
  • 2 cans of tuna or chicken
  • 2 packages of dry gravy mix
  • 2 packages of pasta/rice/beans
  • 1 package of cake mix and can of frosting

How to Sign Up to Volunteer

Volunteer Opportunities: As one of our biggest outreach events of the year, we need a lot of volunteers! We could not do this without your help. Ready to get involved? Contact Volunteer services at or (602)346-3363. We will send you a confirmation with times, location, etc.

Sponsorship: We could not make the day possible without friends helping sponsor the activities. If you would like to sponsor any of the items below in part or in full, please contact Peter, Mission Sharing Coordinator, at or (602)346-3383.

  • Bounce House ($300)
  • Bounce House ($200)
  • Bounce House ($200)
  • Cases of Water (100 cases)
  • 2 Popcorn Machines
  • 2 Cotton Candy Machines
  • 2 Snow Cone Machines

What is Love?

What is love? A difficult question for most people, let alone men and women who have experienced a a fair amount of trauma and abuse. Yet, these men and women are learning what love looks and feels like when God is a part of their lives. Some are early in their journey. Some are deep in their truth of what the Bible says about love. February, and every day, we celebrate God's love for us and how we can walk that out in our own lives by loving like Jesus loves.

"Love is an action. God IS love. God sending his only son to die for us .. is love. Something as simple as a smile can represent love."

Michelle - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission

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Tom - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission


"I didn’t know what love felt like. All I knew was hatred, shame and guilt. I didn’t realize until I came to the Phoenix Rescue Mission and actually received Jesus Christ, my personal Savior, and turned my life over to God, what love feels like. And now its like a feeling in my heart all the time. It’s amazing. I care about myself again, I care about everyone around me. The way the Mission and the staff adopted me as family. That feeling you get, it’s crazy. I don’t have problems anymore. It’s a good feeling."

"Love is selfless, and takes a lot of sacrificing of your own desires."

Tiffany - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission

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Stephen - Current resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Inner Healing"


"This is a good week to talk about love. When I think of love, I think of 1 Corinthians 13. What is love, what is the picture of God's love for us? Love is patient , love is kind. Love keeps no record of wrongs. It does not boast, it is not envious. And looking at 1 John also, perfect Love casts out fear, if we don’t know God, we don’t know love."

"Past experience with love hasn’t been the greatest, but a lot of that is because I didn’t have a relationship with God. Now that I do, it’s kind of re-learning everything through His eyes, His perspective. That’s where I’m at right now. I’m still learning a lot."

"Love means home. With my kids, it’s home, family, my babies. That’s love to me. Here at the Changing Lives Center, my kids aren't here with me. So I often go to our daycare on campus, and spend time with the kids. I feel an abundance of love there. It’s unconditional. This is my home right now, I feel safe and I feel love from Christ. Love from God is overpowering, just all-consuming, joy, smiling, happiness. It puts me at peace. My relationship with God now is the strongest it’s ever been. I feel God’s Spirit, that’s love."

Michelle - Current Resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Inner Healing"


Brandon - Graduate of Phoenix Rescue Mission


"Love is an unconditional acceptance and a yearning to be with someone or something. Love has no bounds, there are no stipulations as to how I can give it to someone or something."

"This is what I have sought for in love. When I think of love, I think of my mom. She showed me the most love, forgiveness, encouragement and just enjoying the company of others. That’s where I learned what love is. Enjoying and wanting to invest all of yourself regardless of cost."

"Love is to be fully known, yet accepted. Unconditionally."

Sala - Current Resident of Phoenix Rescue Mission - "Discipleship"