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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Charity Navigator's Cross-Country Tour: Arizona

Making our way south, the next stop on Charity Navigator’s Cross-Country tour is Arizona. In this series we aim to recognize a few of the highly-rated charities doing important work in each state.

Arizona, or the Grand Canyon State, is home to both desert and forests, as well as the Grand Canyon (as its nickname suggests). While the state often conjures up images of the red buttes and desert sands the northern part of the state is home to many forests and some may be surprised to know there are actually several ski resorts within the state. Today we’re looking at some of the highly-rated organizations serving the people and communities of this uniquely diverse and beautiful state.

Forever Young Foundation (Mesa, AZ)
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Passing on hope and resources for the development, strength, and education of children

Founded in 1993 by NFL Hall of Famer and Super Bowl MVP Steve Young, Forever Young Foundation serves children facing significant physical, emotional, and financial challenges. Funds raised further our efforts to provide academic, athletic, and therapeutic opportunities currently unavailable to these children. Forever Young Foundation primarily focuses our efforts in Northern California, Arizona, Utah, and Ghana, Africa.

Archaeology Southwest (Tucson, AZ)
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Exploring and protecting the places of our past

Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest has practiced a holistic, conservation-based approach to exploring the places of the past. We call this Preservation Archaeology. By exploring what makes a place special, sharing this knowledge in innovative ways, and enacting flexible site protection strategies, we foster meaningful connections to the past and respectfully safeguard its irreplaceable resources.

☆☆☆ + Impact
Helping women help themselves

Fresh Start Women's Foundation provides education, resources and support for women to positively transform their lives and strengthen the community.

Grand Canyon Trust (Flagstaff, AZ)
Protecting and restoring the Colorado Plateau

Founded in 1985, the Grand Canyon Trust protects and restores the Colorado Plateau - its spectacular landscapes, flowing rivers, clean air, diversity of plants and animals, and areas of beauty and solitude. As a regional conservation organization we work for common sense, balanced solutions to significant problems affecting the region's natural resources. Our vision for the Colorado Plateau is: a region still characterized by vast open spaces with restored, healthy natural areas and habitat for all native plants and animals; a sustaining relationship between human communities and the natural environment; and people living and visiting here who are willing and enthusiastic stewards of the region's natural resources and beauty.

Where the desert comes alive

Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is dedicated to the conservation of the Sonoran Desert. Its mission is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region so realistically you find yourself eye-to-eye with mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters, and more. Within the Museum grounds, you will see more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

You can use Charity Navigator’s Advanced Search Tool to find a number of other highly-rated charities at work in Arizona.

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