Established in 1997, before the Diamondbacks ever played a Major League game, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation was established. The mission of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is to support three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children's programs of all types, including education and youth baseball field development. In addition, the Foundation has created strategic programs that address the needs of our community including veterans, police, teachers, and firefighters - just to name a few.
In 2012, the organization coined the phrase "D-backs Give Back", a simple and concise phrase to explain the dedication and combined giving of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. To date, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation have made charitable contributions totaling more than 33 million dollars to non-profit organizations from across Arizona. In addition, more than 10 million dollars in tickets and autographed merchandise has been donated to non-profits, schools, auctions, and events.
|BOARD OF DIRECTORS|
Derrick M. Hall
|Board of Directors|
Roy Hendrickson Jr.
Hope H. Ozer
|ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS FOUNDATION
|Jennifer Adams - US Airways|
|Tammy Baker - Arizona Milk Producers|
|Bob Burton - Arizona Office Technologies|
|Debbie Castaldo - Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Mark Cavanaugh - Firetrace USA|
|Hamilton Espinosa - DPR Construction|
|David Fitzgerald - University of Phoenix|
|Vicki Fiorelli - Clear Channel|
|Brett Hansen - Fox Sports Arizona|
|Tom Hatten - Mountainside Fitness|
|Julie Jones - AVNET|
|Paul Kelly - Parker and Sons|
|Cullen Maxey - Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Shawn McClain - Safelite|
|Tom Meeks - Erickson and Meeks Engineering|
|Steve Mullins - Arizona Diamondbacks|
|Paul Ortiz - Wilkinson Flooring|
|Sandi Perez - Delta Dental|
|Mike Reina - Southern Wine and Spirits|
|Mike Ross - Gallagher and Kennedy|
|Rachel Sahlman - APS|
|Max Sirstins - Sanderson Ford|
|Kerri White - Arizona Diamondbacks|
Of the 33 million dollar total, 22 million has been distributed through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The majority of funds are raised through events such as the annual Evening on the Diamond Gala, 50/50 Raffle, D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic, D-backs Race Against Cancer, Diamonds Back Field Building Program, License Plate Program, Chase Field Tour Program, Mystery Ball, On-line Auctions and major gifts from our players and partners in our community.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation distributes funds through our Community Grants, and Grand Slam Awards, Diamonds Back Field Building, Education Initiatives, Youth Baseball and Outreach programs, and strategic partnerships with key community partners and non-profit organizations.
Our Community Grants and Grand Slam Awards application process is conducted on a yearly basis. Any 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Arizona is welcome to apply. In 2012, a record 350 organizations applied for grants and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation funded 71 different organizations totaling $818,000. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Board of Directors, a 13-member board consisting of Diamondback and Maricopa County appointees is responsible for annually approving all grant applications. The grants are reviewed by a committee of employees, the Executive Council, and season ticket holders who score the grants and make a recommendation to the Board.
In 2013, a record six Grand Slam Awards were presented to organizations including the Assistance League of Phoenix, Tucson Jewish Community Center, Gift of Life Arizona, Not My Kid, Maryvale Preparatory Academy and Valley Life AZ.
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 32 baseball fields as part of the "Diamonds Back" Field Building Program representing a charitable investment of more than $10 million. In partnership with APS and a charitable gift from individual players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. The fields generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new grass and dirt. In 2012, the Foundation unveiled Justin Upton Field in Phoenix and Joe Garagiola, Sr. Field in Flagstaff. In March of 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and APS will dedicate the 33rd "Diamonds Back" Field - Aaron Hill Field in Parker, Arizona.
In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation partnered with the University of Phoenix to launch the D-backs School Challenge, a statewide grant program that challenged public, private and charter to school to "make their best pitch" for a $5000 grant. By the end of 2012, $250,000 had been awarded to 51 schools from across the state. The charitable grants funded everything from library upgrades to asbestos removal. Additional the funds supported a solar house project, multiple robotics programs, literacy projects, school gardens, and so much more. The D-backs School Challenged presented by the University of Phoenix will support schools in our community for the next 10 years.
A staple in the community during his eight-year career with the D-backs, Luis Gonzalez wanted to continue to give back to youth-based charities after joining the D-backs front office near the end of the 2009 season. He created "Going Gonzo for Kids" as a multi-faceted fundraising initiative to capture the D-backs and his shared passion for positively impacting the lives of children. "Going Gonzo for Kids" raised $300,000 during subsequent seasons and immediately gave the money back to children's charities such as Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix, St. Peter's Mission School, 100 Club of Arizona, Home Base Youth Services, Southwest Human Development, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Maggie's Place, Special Olympics of Arizona and SARRC.
To summarize the D-backs commitment to establishing a footprint in communities throughout Arizona, the organization became the first professional sports team to win the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, beating out other MLB teams such as the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox as well as the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks and NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. The award, which is viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes organizations positively impacting their communities through corporate responsibility. The D-backs were specifically awarded for their work with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.
The Arizona Diamondbacks take great pride in being recognized as a leader in community giving. Our commitment to the needs of our state will continue be a cornerstone of our corporate mission.