October 3, 2019 


​Collaborating is a great strategy, especially when it results in twice as much money being put back into the community and twice as many nonprofit organization receiving funding. Cochise Celebrates Giving does just that.

A collaboration between the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona and the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise, Cochise Celebrates Giving is an annual grant-giving event that celebrates the effort and impact nonprofits make across Cochise and eastern Santa Cruz counties.

Held on October 3rd, this year’s event awarded over $112,000 in grant awards to 30 different organizations for 34 different projects.

James Howe, Public Relations Officer and Chaplain for the Arizona Rangers wrote, “I just wanted to not only thank you guys, but to tell you what a great evening you provided for us. I know the other Rangers as with me were very impressed. And, we are humbled and grateful for the award and the Foundation's support as we go forward serving our communities.”

 The Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise awarded 16 organizations a total of $53,500 in this year’s competitive grant cycle. Grant awards are decided by a group of community volunteers benefitting projects in five philanthropic areas: Arts and Culture, Community Development, Environment and Sustainability, Health Innovations, and Quality Education.

Organizations receiving grants from the Arizona Community Foundation – Cochise are:
Arizona Land and Water Trust
Bisbee High School
Bowie Unified School District #14
City of Douglas
Cochise County Master Gardener Association
Cochise Technology District
Douglas Area Food Bank
Douglas Arts and Humanities Association
Echoing Hope Ranch
Ecotopia
Pearce Elementary School
Soldier’s Best Friend
Sunsites Pearce Fire District
Tombstone Food Bank
Willcox Against Substance Abuse
Willcox Historic Theater and Arts, Inc.

The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona awarded 18 organizations a total of $59,246 in grant awards. The Legacy Foundation’s grants are focused on promoting population health and community wellness throughout Southeast Arizona

Organizations receiving grants from the Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona are:
Arizona Rangers
Bisbee Coalition for the Homeless
Bisbee High School
Bisbee Holistic Wellness Center, Inc.
Borderlands Habitat Network
Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources (CANTER)
Cochise County Master Gardener Association
Cochise County Search and Rescue Foundation LTD
Douglas Area Food Bank
Food Bank of Tombstone
Friends of the S.V. Animal Shelter
Love Muziq Operation 13:2
National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeastern Arizona
SAWs Southwest
Sierra Vista Symphony
Society of St Vincent de Paul - Tucson District V Council
Sunsites-Pearce Fire District
Volunteer Interfaith Caregiver Program

The collaborative ACF of Cochise/Legacy Foundation responsive grant cycle will be opening and accepting new applications in April 2020.

In addition to grant awards, a Nonprofit of the Year and the Carol Huddleston Volunteer of the Year are also awarded.

The Carol Huddleston Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Cornelia Munoz. Cornelia Munoz was chosen for over 20 years of service dedicated to the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, accumulating to a leadership role on their Regional Leadership Training Committee that covers the Southern Region.  Additionally, her volunteer efforts impact the civic, political, religious, and business communities in Douglas in a number of ways.

Awarded Nonprofit of the Year was the Bisbee Science Lab. Bisbee Science Lab was chosen for its successful collaboration of numerous partners in bringing a unique and high impact program to the children of Bisbee and the surrounding communities.  Delivering high quality STEM education in a fun and engaging atmosphere is a huge value add for the City of Bisbee and Cochise County.

Both awards involve a nomination process open to all residents of Cochise County.  The ACF of Cochise Board of Advisors review and select the recipients of these awards.

The Legacy Foundation and the Arizona Community Foundation of Cochise celebrate the great work area nonprofits and volunteers pour into our communities, making Cochise and eastern Santa Cruz counties a better place to live. ​

Cochise Celebrates Giving Recognizes Nonprofits