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aps foundation awards arizona nonprofits more than $1.2 million in second round of 2016 grants
PHOENIX – The APS Foundation announced today that it has
awarded more than $1.2 million in grants to 10 Arizona nonprofit organizations
to support science,
technology, engineering and math education in Arizona, as well as other
deserving community initiatives.
"The APS Foundation invests
in nonprofits that are making Arizona stronger, more competitive and a better
place to live and work," said Tina Marie Tentori, executive director of the APS
Foundation. "Since 2012, the principal focus of the APS Foundation has been to
support STEM subjects and hands-on initiatives. By engaging students in
STEM-related programs, we are introducing young minds to career paths that will
prepare them for jobs that are driving today's global economy."
In total, the APS Foundation
awarded more than $2.9 million to Arizona nonprofits in 2016. Foundation
dollars are funded entirely by Pinnacle West Capital Corporation shareholders
and have no impact on APS customers' utility rates.
The following nonprofits received grants from the APS
Northern Arizona University Foundation, Inc.
received a $250,000 grant to expand its STEM Focus Schools for the Future program
to underserved areas across the state. The K-8 professional development program
helps Arizona schools develop a more STEM-literate workforce by building school
capacity (including teacher development) to design and implement
effective STEM education.
The Center for Gender Equity in Science and
Technology at ASU was awarded a $25,000 grant for its COMPUGIRLS Remixed
program, which works with teachers, parents and underserved girls to
effectively introduce STEM curriculum in schools.
The Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council
Inc. was granted $28,000 to support its STEM programming, which encompasses
earth sciences, astronomy, robotics and, ultimately, career exploration and
Lowell Observatory was given a
$36,000 grant for its Navajo Hopi Astronomy Outreach Program, which is now in
its 20th year. The program pairs a Lowell astronomer with a
reservation teacher for one school year, providing an interactive and engaging
curriculum for Navajo and Hopi students.
National Inventors Hall of Fame, Inc. received
a $30,000 grant for its Camp Invention program, Invention Project, and Club
Invention K-8 STEM Programming. All 3 programs provide local teachers in the
Navajo Nation and Maricopa County with hands-on professional development and
activities to integrate STEM content into classrooms.
Fighter Country Foundation Inc. was
awarded a grant of $300,000 over three years for its Child Development Center
and John J. Rhodes Airman Leadership School renovation, as well as operational
support for programs and services that aid airmen and their families in times
of need at Luke Air Force Base.
Museum of Northern Arizona received a
$200,000 grant for its Ethnology Gallery and Native Peoples of the Colorado
Plateau exhibit. The new exhibit will highlight native faces, voices and
languages, employing first-person narrative and digital elements. The Museum of
Northern Arizona is the only museum dedicated to studying and showcasing the
Colorado Plateau region.
Phoenix Children's Hospital was provided
a $250,000 grant for the Nourishment Room at its Center for Cancer and Blood
Phoenix Local Organization Committee for the
Final Four received a $100,000 grant for its literacy program, Read to the
Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation was
gifted a $50,000 challenge match grant for equipment support.
The next cycle of APS Foundation grant applications opens on January 15 with a
deadline of March 1, 2017. Applications and more information on grant
eligibility can be found by visiting www.aps.com/corporategiving and clicking on
the Foundation link.
About APS Foundation
APS Foundation is committed to making a deep impact in Arizona communities and
does so by supporting statewide nonprofits that advance knowledge in the field
of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. The Foundation
supports a wide range of educational initiatives that target both students and
teachers in order to keep the next generation of Arizona's workforce strong and
Privately endowed by Pinnacle West Capital Corp.
in 1981 as an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the APS Foundation
distributes an average of $2.3 million to $3.2 million per year through a
bi-annual grant process. Since its inception, it has invested nearly $41
million in Arizona nonprofits. For more information, please visit www.aps.com/corporategiving and click on the Foundation link.
“The APS Foundation invests in nonprofits that are making Arizona stronger, more competitive and a better place to live and work”
Tina Marie Tentori -
Executive director of the APS Foundation