The Fountain Hills Community Foundation is celebrating Heart Month with a new campaign, designed to reach residents who have a Heart for the Community. The Foundation, which has been a staple of Fountain Hills philanthropy since 1995, supports local nonprofit groups who serve the youth, seniors and families of the area.  Since its beginning, the Foundation has contributed over $1.5 million to area nonprofits.

The “Heart for the Community” campaign is a reminder that the Foundation offers four levels of giving to support the community at various levels, from annual giving to long-term legacy support..

Donors who contribute up to $999 will be included in the Foundation’s annual gifting to local nonprofit groups. This annual event is an opportunity for donors to be on hand when the checks are distributed and hear testimonial stories from the recipients themselves.

Those who donate between $1,000 – $9,999 will become a member of the Foundation’s Flynn Society group. This level of giving is named after Jim Flynn, a Fountain Hills visionary and former Vice President of MCO Properties, who was the driving force behind the Sunridge Foundation, now known as the Fountain Hills Community Foundation.

Flynn Society members enjoy fun “fieldtrips” to engage with local nonprofits and learn more about each group’s mandate.

New Flynn Society members, Elizabeth and Bogumil Horshem, with their Flutter at the Fountain mini butterfly.

Donor Advised Funds (DAF) are available for those who donate $10,000 or more. DAFs , which are one of the fastest-growing charitable giving vehicles in the United States, offer valuable tax benefits in the year in which they’re given while allowing the donor to direct funds to specific nonprofit groups of their choice for years to come.

Legacy Funds are encouraged of donors who would like to consider the Foundation in their estate plan. Establishing a Legacy Fund of $25,000 or more allows the Donor to have a significant impact on their community and to provide funding to the community now or in the future.

“Fountain Hills is a unique area with many community-minded citizens,” Foundation president, Dori Wittrig, said.  “Many of these folks have the financial means and also a passion to provide support to their neighbors and friends.  The Community Foundation is here to facilitate their giving.  It’s a win-win for all, and it’s what makes our community so special.”

Twenty-six organizations received nearly $54,000 during the FHCF’s 2022 Giving Season. This year the organization will distribute $60,000 at the Foundation’s annual membership meeting on March 30, with proceeds from the group’s annual “Flutter at the Fountain” fundraiser.

More information about the Fountain Hills Community Foundation and its various types of charitable giving can be found on the Foundation’s website. Additional information about giving options can also be directed to Bill Pape (480) 836-8380) or Mark Dalton  (480-390-7255) or via email