Fiesta Bowl Charities Announces $2.5 Million in Charitable Giving for 2018-19 - Fiesta Bowl | Fiesta Bowl

Fiesta Bowl Charities Announces $2.5 Million in Charitable Giving for 2018-19

Aug 16, 2018

Total over last eight seasons jumps to $12.5 million for Arizona nonprofit organizations

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Fiesta Bowl Charities is donating $2.5 million in charitable giving during the 2018-19 Fiesta Bowl season to 60 nonprofit organizations in Arizona.

Through its two annual bowl games in the Valley, the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and the Cactus Bowl, as well as community events throughout the year, Fiesta Bowl Charities has given more than $12.5 million to the Arizona community in the last eight years.

“Fiesta Bowl Charities, our Board of Directors and the entire Fiesta Bowl family are honored to continue enhancing the lives of Arizonans through a level of grant funding that is unique to our organization, something that we are extremely proud of,” said Steve Leach, Chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “The Fiesta Bowl’s charitable giving is at the core of our mission, focusing on youth, sports and education.”

In total, 60 Arizona nonprofit organizations will benefit from this year’s funding. The expected impact includes:

  • Nearly 1 million people served
  • Nearly 400,000 youth served
  • 265,000 underserved youth will receive additional education programming
  • 60,000 backpacks donated
  • 288,275 meals served
  • 3 playgrounds donated, impacting approximately 6,000 people

In addition to the charitable organizations that receive funding, Fiesta Bowl Charities has earmarked $500,000 of the total grant money to be donated through the Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers program. Fiesta Bowl Charities will match up to $500,000 of funds donated from the public, ultimately helping the program raise $1 million to benefit 200 teachers at $5,000 each.

Over the first two years of the program, Wishes for Teachers has granted over $1.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 60,000 kids across the state. Applications for the 2018-19 program will open on September 5.

“Since starting the program, we have been committed to investing our time and resources to help Wishes for Teachers reach new heights so we can make a bigger impact in classrooms across the state,” said Executive Director of the Fiesta Bowl, Mike Nealy. “We’ve seen how teachers and nonprofits who benefit from our grants have maximized the funds received and we look forward to hearing the great stories of what these groups are doing for Arizona and for students.”

To learn more about Fiesta Bowl Charities, its annual grant cycle and to view the list of grant recipients, click here.


The Fiesta Bowl is a world-class community organization that executes innovative experiences, drives economic growth and champions charitable causes, inspiring pride in all Arizonans. As a nonprofit organization, it believes in the importance of community outreach and service. Through charitable giving, the organization strives to enhance Arizona nonprofit organizations that contribute to the success of communities through youth, sports and education. Since 1971, the Fiesta Bowl has worked to increase its footprint across the state and work to benefit Arizon