Our Beneficiaries

2016 Beneficiaries

Imago Dei Middle School – $600,000

imago-dei-horz-smallProject Description: Imago Dei Middle School has been breaking the cycle of poverty for ten years in Tucson by providing a tuition-free, private school education to children in grades 5 – 8 from low-income Tucson families. Only one of their alumni has dropped out of school in ten years and 85% of their alumni are pursuing higher education.

100% of the students attending Imago Dei Middle School are from families that qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced School Lunch program which means a family of two may have income of no more than $29,471 per year. The demographic breakdown of the school is 65.3% Latino, 23.6% African/African American, 4.2% Native American, 1.4% Caucasian and 5.5% other. Nearly half the students enter school as English Language Learners. Low income children of similar demographics have a nearly 70% high school dropout rate.

Imago Dei is committed to providing a comprehensive curriculum and support services including the following:

  • Quality academic, physical, and social education
  • Individualized support, nurturing each child’s development and identity
  • An extended school day (10 hours), week (5 ½ days) and year (11 months)
  • Small classes for specialized instruction (teaching ratio of 1 to 10)
  • Tuition-free education
  • Opportunities for strong parental involvement
  • Educating the whole child and breaking cycles of poverty

The $600,000 request is for the down payment on the building that the school occupies and operates out of; the remainder of the purchase price (as established by an independent appraisal) will be carried back by the seller. By funding this request, the school is able to exercise its option to purchase the existing location instead of relocating the school. The school is in an ideal location as all students have access via public transportation via the Ronstadt Transit Center, directly across the street from the school.

Educational Enrichment Foundation – $148,150

eef-300x141Project Description: The Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) was established in 1993 to support the 49,000 students and teachers within 93 Tucson Unified School District schools. 70% of TUSD students qualify for free or reduced lunches and over 80 of these schools are Title I schools due to high poverty populations. The $148,150 in funding will sustain two years of EEF’s high school level program extracurricular activity participation fees for 950 impoverished Title I students and allow expansion of the scholarship program to the middle school level for two years of participation fees for 475 middle school students who qualify for free or reduced lunches.

The Interscholastic Scholarships program funding will expand the educational experiences of these high school and middle school students by allowing them to participate in extracurricular activities. These activities include school sports teams and fine arts activities like band, orchestra, dance, choir and academic competitive teams including Mock Trial and Future Business Leaders of America.

Unfortunately, because of lack of funding, all TUSD schools now require fees to participate in all extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing lessons learned in the classroom, result in consistent attendance, higher academic achievement and aspirations for continuing education beyond high school. The funding will allow economically disadvantaged high school and middle school students to participate in such activities. With participation also comes the responsibility of maintaining grades and attending classes as well as continuous participation in the activity funded.

97% of the seniors whose participation fees were paid by EEF for the past three years graduated, compared to the 81% graduation rate in TUSD. In addition, 83% of those students had enrolled in college, compared to the estimated state average of 52%. Expansion of funding to the middle school population is anticipated to further provide opportunities for academic success.

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Past Beneficiaries

2015
Make Way for Books – $492,700

The mission of Make Way for Books is to give all children the chance to read and succeed. Since 1998, MWFB has provided a comprehensive continuum of early literacy resources, services, and evidenced-based programs to young children, families, and educators in underserved areas of Tucson.

Boy Scouts of America, Catalina Council – $275,000

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

2014
Aviva Children’s Services – $250,000

The mission of Aviva is to enhance services that improve the quality of life for children who are in the care of Child Protective Services and who are victims of abuse, neglect and poverty. Funding from Angel Charity will help build an 11,000 sq. ft. Outdoor Visit Center to provide these children and their parents with the opportunity to play and visit in a safe, supervised park setting. The new Outdoor Visit Center is designed to maximize opportunities for positive family interaction through therapeutic play visits.

EL Grupo Youth Cycling – $100,000

El Grupo empowers youth through bicycles, so they can acquire the self-confidence, discipline and leadership skills to be active and healthy members of the community. Angel Charity funding will provide El Grupo Youth Cycling with funds for two years of additional staffing support. The additional staffing will enable El Grupo to extend their quality programming to more youths who are underserved or uninspired.

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona – $500,000

The objective of Girl Scouting is to provide girls with a safe and supportive environment. The grant from Angel Charity will go towards construction of the “Angel’s Place For Girls” which will be part of the organization’s planned Girl Scout Leadership Campus. The new building will provide thousands of girls throughout Pima County with a central, convenient place to meet and participate in activities that help build practical life skills and give them confidence.

2013
Steele Children’s Research Center $537,230

The Steele Children’s Research Center will receive funding to increase clinical trials available through Children’s Oncology Group so that our children will have access to all the protocols available nationally; and to expand the basic cancer research to increase the development of new future treatments.

Easter Seals Blake Foundation $180,000

The Children’s Achievement Center will receive funding to provide two years of support for their tuition program, which provides sliding fee scale childcare tuition assistance for children of low-income, working families. The center provides full-day, full-year childcare for at-risk children ages eight weeks to five years. The majority of these children live below the poverty level and one-third have a significant disability or development delay.

Tucson Village Farm $70,520

The Tucson Village Farm will receive funding to provide two year and one half years of management support for the their volunteer program, the farm is a working urban farm built by and for the youth of our community. Their goal is to reconnect young people to a healthy food system through the delivery of seed-to-table curriculum.

2012
Our Family Services $613,754

Our Family Services will receive funds to build a 20-bed emergency shelter for Tucson’s homeless children ages 12-17 years. The Reunion House that Angel Built will provide a safe welcoming home until permanent placement is arranged. It is the only agency in Tucson contracted by the State that provides crisis shelter for this age group.

Tucson Nursery School & Child Care Centers, Inc. $241,441

The Tucson Nursery School will receive funding to retire their mortgage there-by providing funding that will be designated for childcare scholarships dedicated to at-risk and marginalized children.

2011
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson $350,000

The Roy Drachman Clubhouse will receive funding to support a full renovation of the clubhouse, including plumbing, heating/cooling and electrical repair. The renovations will positively impact up to 15,000 kids per year.

The Children’s Museum Tucson $236,500

The Children’s Museum Tucson will receive $236,500 to create Investigation Station – a new hands-on, interactive exhibit focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). This exhibit will be a natural extension of what the children will experience in school, and will serve as a positive reinforcement of STEM learning in a fun environment.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson $191,395

TROT, as it is known, will receive funds to expand its TROT Tots Therapy Clinic to provide early intervention therapies for special needs 2-6 year olds with physical and cognitive impairments.

2010
San Miguel High School $575,000

San Miguel High School prepares students from underserved families for college and career by integrating a rigorous academic schedule with practical work experience. San Miguel recognizes that education is a key element in breaking the cycle of poverty and ending economic disparities that exist, particularly for minority populations. The $575,000 funding reuest will reduce the debt incurred from the building the Student Center which houses the Corportate Internship Program.

YMCA of Southern Arizona/Northwest YMCA $400,544

The Angel Youth Center is a 5,300 square foot extension to the Northwest Y. This space is dedicated for youth ages 9-17 to allow for particpation in supervised social, recreational, educational, and character building activities after school, on weekends, and throughout the summer. The $400,544 will provide the money necessary to complete the new construction.

Pima Library Foundation $34,000

The Pima Library Foundation offers free tutoring and homework help to students after school. Homework Help targets children with the highest dropout rates but, is open to all students. Access to the program is easy. The $34,000 will allow for additional tutors and program expansion.

Board Restricted Income Fund Gift – Gabriels Angels $40,000

Trained 16 new teams for assistance.

2009
St. Elizabeth Health Center – Dental Clinic: $612,425

To expand and renovate current pediatric dental care unit, build four new operatories, purchase digital x-ray equipment and
create electronic dental records.

In My Shoes: $197, 425

Provide funding to grow the organization’s one-on-one mentoring program and its group-mentoring program,providing 16-18
year olds with strong role models who help prepare and assist them in maneuvering through the transition process out of foster
care.

2008
Child Language Center Wings on Words (WOW) Preschool Program: $697,000

To construct a new Angel Wing. The additional space doubles the number of childrenin the early intervention programs
and also offers other much needed services.

Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center: $56,315

To furnish and equip the medical services suite in the new center.

Community Food Bank’s Snack Packs for Kids Program: $50,000

To open five new school sites that effectively doubles the program’s outreach from 540 to nearly 1,000 children.

2007
TMM Family Services, Inc.: $781,900

To demolish existing unsafe facilities and replace with four new group homes, as well as renovate and furnish an existing
building to create a Receiving, Assessment and Visitation Center.

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona: $305,000

To grant approximately 45 wishes for Pima County children.

Tucson Zoological Society: $25,000

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

2006
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services: $714,357

To build “Un Nidito De Angeles” and expand the current building.

Education Enrichment Foundation (EEF): $42,750

To help grow the “Focus on Vision Program” providing needed prescription eyeglasses to at-risk children.

2005
Ronald McDonald House, Charities of Southern Arizona, Inc.: $650,000

To build 12 isolation rooms in the new 28 room, 30,000 sq. ft. Ronald McDonald House on UMC property.

Habitat for Humanity Tucson, Inc.: $135,000

Sustain the “High School Build Program” for at least one year at four local public high schools.

2004
Tucson Urban League, Inc.: $428,287

To construct and equip a Community Computer Technology & Recreation Center. The Center will serve the South Park neighborhood children of Tucson as well as children in its surrounding areas.

Youth on Their Own: $126,708

Provide Living Expense Stipends for 67 Tucson students and addv 35 hours of staff (student advocate) time per week to expand outreach/advocacy as well as school personnel training. YOTO offers an effective solution to homeless Tucson youth.

2003
Arts For All / Third Street Kids: $670,823

For the expansion and renovation of facilities, retirement of the mortgage and purchase of much needed equipment. Arts for All uses visual and performing arts to teach children a variety of lessons, a few of which include confidence, an eagerness to learn and grow and self-awareness.

Tucson Symphony: $10,000

Provided funds for music education programs for elementary students.
*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

2002
La Paloma Family Services’ Amparo Program: $480,000

To retire the debt for the Blacklidge residential group home for adolescents and babies. This will allow for more resources for education, aftercare assistance with rent and living expenses and follow-up care.

Pio Decimo Center: $247,271

To renovate an existing building to provide a kindergarten classroom, a testing and conference room, a children’s playground with a play structure, fencing and lighting and program support rooms.

Arizona Friends of Foster Children: $15,000

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.
Provided funds for incremental, unmet needs for foster children in Pima County.

2001
Steele Memorial Children’s Research Center: $790,000

To fund renovation of a 3,300 sq. ft. laboratory space that will house a Comprehensive Program for Children with Diabetes, including a patient care area, basic science research and training for associated health care professionals.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT): $63,575

To hire and certify a full-time riding instructor for a period of two years which will enable TROT to serve an additional 25-30 riders per week. Riders experience fun-filled therapeutic exercise and empowering freedom of movement in a rich sensory environment using horses.

One on One: $31,000

Funding to purchase a new van.
*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

2000
San Xavier Mission School: $446,181

For the expansion and renovation of a 152 year old school which serves primarily Native American children. Each grade is to have its own classroom, thus improving the learning experience and academics for the children.

Triangle Y Ranch Camp: $347,500

To build five cabins and a community bathroom shower. This provided 4,000 more children a camping experience.

Arizona Aerospace Foundation: $144,300

Construction of an 1,800 sq. ft. debriefing and experimental area where families and visiting classrooms can gather, review and discuss their museum aviation and space experience. A simulator for the space gallery was also purchased.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson: $40,000

To build a playground next to the clubhouse, a supervised and safe area free of drugs, gangs and violence. The Steve Daru Clubhouse provides a safe neighborhood recreational place as an alternative to drugs, gangs and other destructive lifestyles.

1999
Intermountain Centers for Human Development: $596,622

Funding for the purchase, renovation and furnishing of a six-bedroom group home “Angel House” on 5.6 acres of land. The new facility will provide therapeutic residential service to seriouslyemotionally disturbed children through its Intermountain Youth Center program.

Tu Nidito: $100,000

Funding one full year of Tu Nidito’s bereavement program, “Angels By Your Side Bereavement Program”. The bereavement program helps children and their families living with life threatening illnesses.

Community Food Bank: $50,966

Funds for the purchase of a new International 20 foot stake bed truck, “The Angel Harvest Wagon”. It will allow the food bank to increase their ability to distribute foods by at least 50% to children in low-income families.

1998
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Clinic: $589,500

For site acquisition and development of a 4,700 sq. ft. building and equipment. The “St. Elizabeth’s Angel Urgent Care Center provides urgent care in a family-friendly atmosphere with specialized pediatric equipment.

Wright Flight, Inc.: $133,450

For the purchase of three used aircrafts. Wright Flight is a mentoring program that rewards a student’s efforts with a “hands-on” flight experience.

Project M.O.R.E: $9,000

To purchase musical equipment, recording studio time, sponsor music workshops and musical social activities.
*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1997
Tucson Youth Development: $600,160

For acquisition and renovation of building at 1901 North Stone Avenue to provide quality education, training and employment services to youth of this community.

Tucson Boys Chorus: $15,000

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

Arizona Foundation for Burns and Trauma: $10,000

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1996
Tucson Centers for Women and Children: $667,795

For site acquisition, development and a 6,050 sq. ft. building and recreation area. This provides comprehensive therapeutic services to children.

Tucson Nursery School and Child Care Center, Inc.: $52,213

For renovation of existing outdoor environment.

Arts for All / Third Street Kids: $4,809

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1995
Pio Decimo Center: $695,366

Provided renovation and expansion of an existing 6,000 sq. ft. building to 10,500 sq. ft., allowing for the augmentation of preschool, daycare, after school activities, and many other programs.

1994
Project YES: $653,110

Provided funding for site acquisition and development of a 6,200 sq. ft. building with a recreation area to offer enrichment and support services to youth and families through positive opportunities for educational, social and cultural development.

Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation: $15,000

Seed money to research Niemann-Pick disease at a facility in Pima County.
*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1993
Tucson Urban League: $712,132

Provided funding to expand and renovate their existing center from 5,500 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft. The “Angel Youth Center” enables TUL to work with over 1,000 families and children per month in a facility designed to meet the needs of youth programs and services.

1992
Big Brothers / Big Sisters of Tucson: $663,285

Purchased and renovated a three-story, 15,000 sq. ft. building, named the “Angel Charity Youth Center, serving additional 200 children to be served monthly.

Youth On Their Own: $100,000

Provided stipends for ten months to 100 students. YOTO provides desperately needed assistance to youngsters who seek permanent shelter outside their parents’ home while staying in school and maintaining good grades.

Playground equipment for Reid Park: $10,000

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1991
El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center: $721,650

Built a pediatric clinic to provide medical and dental services for more than 16,000 needy and homeless children each year. A primary health care clinic provides laboratory, X-Ray, minor surgery, pharmacy and dental services.

1990
Steele Children’s Research Center: $781,683

Funded the renovation of the fourth floor of a 32,000 sq. ft. facility which provides needed space for scientists researching the causes of serious childhood illness and disease.

1989
Casa de Los Ninos: $823,144

Built and furnished a 40-bed nursery for children from birth to age 5. The Casa is a residential crisis center for children from birth to age 11.

1988
Open-Inn, Inc.: $492,000

Retired the mortgage and remodeled four existing Open-Inn homes and implemented an Independent Living Program. Open-Inn serves the needs of adolescents who are unable to live at home.

Dodge Middle School: $113,300

Formally known as Gump School Parent Teacher Committee. Provided a sensory course and three buses to transport severely mentally handicapped children for Gump School.

Las Familias: $5,000

Air conditioning for their building.
*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift.

1987
Child & Family Resources, Inc.: $551,000

Formerly known as Tucson Association for Child Care, Inc. Purchased a facility for this agency serving the needs of children in foster care and daycare. This agency serves more than 5,000 children each day.

1986
The Blake Foundation: $489,000

Formerly known as Cerebral Palsy Foundation of Southern Arizona. Remodeled, renovated and expanded the preschool facility for infants through school-age children with severe physical and neurological handicaps.

1985
Las Familias: $412,245

Purchased a facility for this agency which serves the needs of sexually abused children.

Child Assault Prevention Project: $151,755

Funded a program which educates children about sexual abuse.

1984
Arizona’s Children Association: $659,000

Remodeled and renovated two condemned buildings on the campus of this institution, which provides a wide spectrum of service to families and abused and neglected children, including a residential program.

Ronald McDonald House: $305,000

Retired the mortgage and expanded and enhanced the facility. This is a home for critically ill children and their families who are undergoing treatment at local hospitals.

*Board Restricted Fund Income Gift – Established as a vehicle to accumulate excess funds. The income earned from this fund provides a source of funding to children’s agencies in desperate need and are determined by the Angel Charity Board of Directors.