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Non-profit Partners Announced!

As we get closer to the hackathon next month, here are all of the non-profits that will be there!


Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) ACEE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 1973, dedicated to improving economic and personal financial literacy in Arizona. ACEE is the author of Arizona K-12 Economic Education Academic Standards and the only organization in Arizona which: provides teacher professional development in teaching personal finance and economics; has a strong, affiliated academic base with universities and community colleges; and distributes proven independent economic education curriculum resources to schools free of charge. ACEE works closely with many private and public organizations, including the Arizona Department of Education and the Federal Reserve Banks.

ACEE’s mission is to empower teachers and educate students so that all school-aged children grow up to become economically and financially responsible employees, parents, citizens and leaders in the future.

ACEE has served more than 1,000 schools in 104 cities in the state of Arizona, training 1,500 teachers, and reaching 200,000 students annually.
Arizonans for Children, Inc. Arizonans for Children was founded in 2002 to provide services and solutions for children in foster care.  We have 2 visitation centers that allow children in foster care to spend time with their parents and siblings in a supervised environment.  Our centers are set up to provide a fun, engaging and safe space for visits to happen.  Each center has between 700-1000 families a week come for visits.

Arizonans for Children also has a STEM class for kids in foster care using Raspberry Pi technology.  It is a 4 week class held on Saturdays from 11:30-1:30 where we introduce the kids to basic coding and programming, have a class specific to internet safety and security then after the last class the kids get to take their complete computer system with them.  We have found that most children in foster care do no have access to technology and this allows them the ability to do homework and explore a future in technology.
Some of the other classes and programs we offer are woodworking through our Believe & Achieve program, cooking classes and financial literacy programs.

We have a Tutor/Mentor program that matches volunteers from the community with school age children in foster care to mentor the kids for 8 hours a month with a 1 year commitment to the child.  Mentors pick the children up from their foster placement and take them out in to the community to places like the park and library.  Mentors become the one consistent person in the child's life.  We have seen marked improvement in kids with mentors with their grades, their attendance in school, their behavior improves but most importantly their self esteem and self worth improve. 

Arizonans for Children has several special events throughout the year that are open to all children in foster care.  These events include a Train Park Picnic, a Foster Festival with Enchanted Island Amusement Park and an annual Holiday Party.
Matthew's Crossing Food Bank

Matthew's Crossing Food Bank's mission is to provide food and other basic necessities to our neighbors in need and to unite our community in the fight against hunger.  Our board, staff and volunteers strive to serve our clients with compassion so that they can preserve their dignity and have hope for a happier and healthier future.

Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank has four core services

1) emergency food boxes

2) holiday food boxes

3) Meals to Grow

4) Read to Grow

The emergency food assistance program is available to an individual who is seeking hunger relief. You can receive one emergency food box per month and that food box provides about 6 – 8 days of hunger relief. The holiday food box distribution is available to current clients around the Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. The Meals to Grow program is a project designed to target fighting childhood hunger. Meals to Grow provides 500 backpacks each weekend during the school year to 500 students in the East Valley. Meals to Grow is also piloting on-school-site food closets at 2 high schools and 1 community college campuses.

Sunshine Acres Children's Home Founded in 1954, Sunshine Acres has provided a home and cared for over 2000 children.  We never turn a child away for financial reasons.  We do not take Federal or State support for the care of our children.  We currently have 80 children whose ages range from 4-18.  After graduating from High School those children move to our Transitional Living program where they work on moving to vocational, community college, military, or university.
Joshua Tree Feeding Program

With arms outstretched, the goal of Joshua Tree Feeding Program is to provide nourishment to low-income HIV+ residents of Maricopa County. We provide balanced meals from our pantry as well as medical and community resources to encourage self-sustainability of our clients in a social, supportive and welcoming environment where privacy, cultural, spiritual and religious values are respected.

Our expanded services give assistance to our client's pets, and provide food and supplies to keep the pets in low income homes to maintain the comfort and support they provide to those with HIV/AIDS.

Junior Achievement of Arizona For the last 60 years, Junior Achievement of Arizona (JA) has been empowering the futures of millions of Arizona students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Delivered by 9,500 business and community volunteer mentors, our hands-on, age-appropriate programs focus on three key areas: financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.

Serving more than 80,000 students each year and over 2 million since its founding, JA is shaping the college- and career-readiness conversation, and we play an important role in Arizona’s workforce and economic development. Our programs help students connect what they learn in the classroom to the real world, and demonstrate how learning correlates to earning – knowledge critical to empowering today’s students to be successful, contributing members of society in the future.

We serve students with diverse backgrounds and socio-economic status throughout Arizona, with primary focus on providing our programs to students from low-income households.

We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization wholly dependent on the financial and volunteer support of individuals, foundations and businesses.

AZCEND, formerly Chandler Christian Community Center, was organized in 1966 to provide for the emergency hunger needs of Chandler’s most vulnerable residents through the Chandler Food Bank. At AZCEND residents are able to access emergency and supplemental food through the Chandler Food Bank; emergency rent and utility assistance, enrollment of public benefits, job search resources, financial literacy training and VITA tax assistance, and case management through the Community Action Program; and home delivered and congregate meals through the Senior Nutrition Program.

Our I-HELP Program provides homeless individuals with safe overnight lodging, meals, case management and connections to community services through partnerships with faith and community organizations.  The Family Resource Center offers educational programs such as early childhood literacy, parenting and ESL classes, and school supplies and holiday toy drives.  AZCEND offers the convenience of a one-stop environment to address a myriad of individual and family basic needs. 

Neurologic Music Therapy Services of Arizona (NMTSA) NMTSA has been in the valley for 35 years, providing unique services to the community.  NMTSA provides neurologic music therapy services to about 175 persons a week with autism, traumatic brain injury, parkinsons, stroke, developmental disabilities and their families.  Additionally, NMTSA has a school for students with autism and also provides community education and training services.  NMTSA's history is to provide unique services that meet the current need of the community and fill an unfilled niche for support.
Foothills Animal Rescue Foothills Animal rescue began its mission to save lives in Cave Creek, Arizona in 1995 as a foster based organization dedicated to saving lives of homeless dogs and cats. Through hard work and resounding dedication by staff and volunteers, Foothills Animal Rescue was able to grow and open a standing adoption center in 2010. The Resale Boutique is a much valued addition to support our efforts and provide resources to make an impact.

Our journey continues with the opening of the Brynne Smith Memorial Campus Adoption Center in December 2016. It is more than a building, it provides a safe haven to homeless dogs and cats awaiting their forever home, and a testament to the important role the companion animals play in our lives.

Foothills Animal Rescue is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that advances our mission through fiscal responsibility and that our rescue is in line with best practices in animal welfare.
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® is a non—profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. Since 1984, NCMEC has served as the national clearinghouse and resource center for families, victims, private organizations, law enforcement and the public on issues relating to missing and sexually exploited children
National Kidney Foundation of Arizona (NKF AZ)

Established in 1963 to provide assistance for dialysis patients with kidney failure or a kidney transplant. The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is the major voluntary health agency in Arizona seeking solutions for kidney and urinary tract diseases through education, prevention and treatment.
Committed to improve the quality of life for Arizonans with kidney failure, the Foundation’s many programs bring help and hope to thousands of dialysis patients and transplant recipients.

NKF AZ kidney health initiatives provide community education about kidney health and the prevention of chronic kidney disease, and advocates for organ donation. These efforts are made possible solely and in partnership with federal, state and local governments, public and private institutions, foundations and individuals.