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

You’re Invited, Mission Accomplished Celebration!

Mission:Accompished! Celebration is an opportunity to you to enjoy fellowship with other friends of Phoenix Rescue Mission and celebrate the transformed lives of those who have completed our highest program level, Ministry Training.

Consider inviting family member, friends or associates to introduce them to Phoenix Rescue Mission.


Phoenix Rescue Mission's Board of Directors invite you to attend

Mission: Accomplished! Celebration

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Doors open at 5:30pm

Program begins at 6:00pm

Glendale Nazarene Church

5902  W. Cactus Road, Glendale, AZ 85304

Due to limited seating, you must RSVP by Friday, January 19, 2018

Please RSVP at

or email

Seasting is limited. RSVP soon!

“Life is About What You Give.”

Some 9-year-olds think it’s unfair that they have to go to bed on time or that they have to clean their rooms. Unlike other kids her age, the now 14-year-old Makenna Breading-Goodrich thought it was unfair that the homeless had to sleep out in the cold during Phoenix’s frigid nights.

After watching a television program about homeless families living on the streets, she looked at her mom Jennifer and said, “That can’t be fair.” Jennifer replied, “You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution.”

So, Makenna did exactly that – she became part of the solution and has since helped thousands of needy people stay warm through her campaign “Makenna’s Coats for a Cause.” It began in October of 2013, when Makenna asked her parents to print 50 fliers she created, which she then put up around her neighborhood. She also went door-to-door, telling her neighbors that she’d be back in a couple weeks to pick up their spare coats. Two weeks later, she had collected about 200. Since then, the number of coats she has collected has continued to increase year after year.

In 2014, she collected 500. In 2015, she collected 800. And, last year, she collected more than 1,000 jackets. “She knew she couldn’t help everyone,” said Jennifer. “But she hoped that by helping someone, it would encourage them to help the next.” 

This year, Makenna has already collected more than 1,200 coats and is well on her way to surpass her goal of 1,300, for a total of nearly 4,000 coats since 2013. She handed out the jackets to those in need during the Mission’s Winter Wonderland holiday event on Saturday, December 16.

“Life isn’t about what you get, it’s about what you give,” said Makenna. “There is no greater feeling than showing someone unconditional, non-judgmental love.”

Arizona can see some of the coldest weather in the U.S., and thanks to Makenna’s kindness, thousands of individuals will stay a little warmer this holiday season. A lot of kids see unfairness in the world yet few do something about it. It’s the little heroes like Makenna who can help make the world a better place.


Winter Wonderland

Our annual Winter Wonderland Event is right around the corner on December 16th. It's a special day where the families we serve select a toy for their children for Christmas and children can "shop" for their parents.

We need toys for children of all ages, as well as items for adults like household wares, personal care items, blankets, and tools. There will also be cookie decorating, fun activities and hot chocolate for everyone! Bring your unwrapped items to our Mission Support Center, 1468 N. 26th Avenue by Friday, December 15th from 8am - 4 pm (closed Saturdays and Sunday).


Winter Wonderland - December 16th

Bring all toys donations to:

1468 N. 26th Ave by Friday, December 15th from 8am-4pm