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.

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"


“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.


Homelessness: A Growing Concern

As you help to support the outreaches and work we do at the Phoenix Rescue Mission, we believe that it's important to keep you up-to-date on the current status of homelessness nationally and in the Valley.

Nationally, the homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010. Specifically in Maricopa County, the number of unsheltered increased about 25 percent over last year and is up nearly 60 percent from two years ago.

The Maricopa Association of Governments released in May the results of its 2017 "point-in-time" count and reported:

An astounding 37 percent of Maricopa County's homeless people are families, usually a single mom with kids. Phoenix area ranks fifteenth highest in the U.S. for the number of homeless people in families.

It has been cited that the growing population and a lack of affordable housing has dramatically contributed to the rise in homelessness. Surprisingly, the growing economy is believed by many organizations to be a significant reason for this increase. Rent costs have increased beyond affordability for many lower-wage workers who up until recently could typically find an otherwise affordable option.

This increase in the overall number of homeless falls closely in line with the increased and experiential-based concerns of numerous service agencies like Phoenix Rescue Mission and Phoenix residents. Throughout the Valley, we are finding more people sleeping outside in places like bus stops and alleys, or additionally outside the central hub of homeless providers near downtown Phoenix.

Please prayerfully bring these growing areas of need before God, that you may be inspired to help and that we may see the tide turning in a much different direction in 2018. Thank you for your continued help and support that allows us to bring hope and light into these areas of darkness throughout the Valley of the Sun.


Heroin and Opioids: A Growing Epidemic

An opioid related epidemic has been growing for a number of years in our city and sadly just now beginning to break into the immediate realities of the mainstream consciousness.

Current Arizona Department of Health Services and National Institute on Drug Abuse information show a strikingly grim reality; although heroin and opioid related deaths in the U.S. and Arizona have been increasing for nearly a decade now, 2016 marked a spike in the overall trend.

A look at some of the recently released statistics show how serious and widespread the issue has become.

  • In 2016, somewhere between 59,000 and 65,000 people died of overdoses in the U.S.
  • In Arizona, a total of 790 people (on average more than two a day) dies from overdose of opioid prescription medication s and heroin in 2016.
  • Over the last five years, heroin related deaths have triples in Arizona, and heroin specifically accounted for 39 percent of all opioid deaths last year.
  • Arizona adults 45 to 54 had the highest overdose rates at 18.1 deaths per 100,000 people.
  • Additionally, "opiod-related encounters" cost the Arizona health-care system more than $341 million in 2015 alone and there were an estimated 51,000 "opioid-related encounters" at hospitals in 2016.

State health officials report that this surge shows no signs of stopping.

Phoenix Rescue Mission is doing it's part to help with the surge in overdoses in Arizona. We are already training our staff and volunteers on opiod safety and overdose prevention, as well as the recognition of an overdose. We are also now providing many of our centers and our Hope Coach with Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opiods. Administering Naloxone during an overdose is the first step in saving a life!

It's another way that your support is keeping our neighboss on this side of eternity! Our hope is to provide more man and women like Trevor (cover), who have gotten caught up in this tremendously addictive and deadly drug, with a second shot at life and a second chance at transformation.