In 2013, we stepped into a void in Arizona’s network of nonprofits with the objective of bringing hope to children who had been abused and neglected. Since then we have provided more than 17,000 children with a safe place to sleep, and celebrated birthdays for 12,000+. This has been a monumental undertaking, but our small staff, supplemented by an army of volunteers, and supported by a community that cares, has made this work possible.
I have met many nonprofit leaders whose organizations provide a few of the services foster families receive from AHH, but have found no organization in the nation that does all that we do for a statewide population of boys and girls.
Our growth has been fueled primarily by Arizonans who have chosen to donate to us through the Arizona Foster Care Tax Credit. Every Arizona taxpayer has an opportunity to donate to our work and receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit when they file their state tax return. Married couples can donate $1,000 and single taxpayers can donate $500. These funds are primarily used by us to buy beds and cribs to give children safety and comfort in young lives that have not had enough of either. Tax credit donations are the only reason we exist and can do so much for our most fragile children.
Mike Faust, the Director of DCS, wrote to say, “Congratulations on providing 17,000 beds and cribs to our foster youth. Thank you, Arizona Helping Hands, for your tireless efforts to raise the level of love and support for Arizona’s most vulnerable children experiencing foster care.”
Our tireless efforts enable us to support Jordan, a six-year-old Native American who has been in multiple placements and is now in search of a forever home; Lydia, a grandmother who, in an instant, became the 24/7 caregiver to 4 grandchildren, and thousands of other families and children who have come to us for assistance.
We are very proud to not duplicate services, to utilize 93 cents of every donated dollar for program service expenses, and to be a one-of-a-kind organization both here and nationwide. We are so appreciative to all who make it possible for us to say to Christy, and to all, that there is only one Arizona Helping Hands!
Arizona Helping Hands is a Qualifying Foster Care Charitable Organization (QFCO #10003).
Donations made through April 15, 2021 are eligible for a dollar-for-dollar tax credit against 2020 Arizona state income tax liability.
Dan Shufelt is the President & CEO of Arizona Helping Hands, the largest provider of basic needs to Arizona’s children in foster care. Learn more about the Organization at www.azhelpinghands.org and contact Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.