The SCCF was launched in October 2008 following many informal discussions among members of the Stone Canyon Club. They wanted to find a way to “give back” and determined that the best way to do that would be to focus on programs that make a difference in the lives of youth-in-need in the greater Tucson area.
There is an opportunity for everyone in Stone Canyon to be involved. You can:
SERVE on one of several Advisory Board Committees or on the SCCF Advisory Board. There’s a lot to do on an ongoing basis to keep the SCCF running effectively.
VOLUNTEER directly with one of the SCCF Grantees. Your time and expertise will be greatly appreciated, and you can see first-hand the impact the SCCF has on the community.
GIFT GIVING There are many ways to make a tax-deductible financial contribution. The SCCF Grantees are sorely in need of funds to enable them to achieve their objectives, especially in these difficult economic times. Click here to see what options are available to you.
The SCCF has a place for you regardless of how much time you have available! The time commitment varies depending on whether you choose to volunteer for the Advisory Board or to serve on an ongoing committee. Generally, the Advisory Board and the committees meet monthly during the season (Nov-May). To learn more about committee responsibilities, click here. If you prefer to volunteer at one of the non-profit agencies we support, you can work out your time commitment with the agency staff.
SCCF is a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA). A donor-advised fund is a giving vehicle established at an IRS recognized 501 (c)(3) public charity (in this case, the CFSA) that enables our donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and recommend grants over time. This structure allows the SCCF to benefit from the administrative expertise and community experience of the CFSA while the legal and fiduciary responsibilities remain with the CFSA.
Because our collective donation is greater than individual gifts, it can significantly impact project and program planning within the selected agencies. The larger dollar amount allows agencies to undertake critical initiatives that they otherwise could not support.
Further, as a donor-advised fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), SCCF can call upon the CFSA to help professionally evaluate and monitor the needs, programs, and progress of our grant recipients.
The SCCF Grants Committee conducts a thorough review of each grant request, so that you don’t have to. See the answer below to “Who decides how the donations are spent?”
Finally, your gift through the SCCF enhances the reputation of Stone Canyon as a group of caring individuals who are committed to “give back” to the greater Tucson community. To our knowledge, Stone Canyon is the only residential community in southern Arizona with a member-run foundation benefiting youth-in-need.
When an agency requests additional funds, they must be able to quantitatively demonstrate what they were able to achieve with the previous grant. This is a critical component of the grant application process and is carefully reviewed by the Grants Committee when considering future funding.
Candidate applications for grants are detailed and are thoroughly evaluated by our Grants Committee. The Committee considers numerous factors as part of a rigorous process to determine the most qualified and deserving non-profit organizations that also align with the SCCF Mission. Frequently, onsite visits are made by Committee members to gain first-hand information about the programs. Potential grant recipients can also be vetted with the assistance of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.
For a complete list of past and present SCCF Grant Recipients, click here.