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!

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

Volunteer Profile – “Grandma Gayle”


Gayle, more affectionately known as "Grandma Gayle" by residents and workers at the Phoenix Rescue Mission's Changing Lives Center, has only been volunteering fer time for a few months. But she can already attest to the transformative effect helping others has had in her life. Now, she can think of no finer place to spend her time - planting seeds and storing treasure for all eternity.

"It's the most rewarding thing I've done. The girls are all so nice, and so encouraging. The highlight of my day is when I walk on campus and someone yells. 'Hey, Grandma Gayle!"

Although she was concerned she wouldn't be of much help initially, Grandma Gayle finally made the decision to volunteer after hearing the difference that someone such as herself could make in the lives of those at the center. "I thought, 'If I can even encourage one girl, then it'll be worth my time coming down here."

Grandma Gayle volunteers her time serving the boutique and at the finance office. Her favorite part of each day is when they have time to come in and shop at the boutique, since she "can interact and talk with the gals the most then."

This month is the perfect time to follow Grandma Gayle's example and help us plant some seeds. No matter what life stage you may find yourself in, God is ready and willing to use you and the Phoenix Rescue Mission to transform a life. Your love will make a difference!

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.