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Fiesta Bowl Charities Announces $3 Million in Charitable Giving for 2019-20

Aug 21, 2019

Total jumps to $10 million over last four years and $15.5 million over last nine

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – Fiesta Bowl Charities has once again hit a new standard in college football with the announcement that it is donating $3 million in charitable giving during the 2019-20 Fiesta Bowl season. Over 40 nonprofit organizations across the state of Arizona will benefit from Fiesta Bowl Charities giving, which is the most of any college football bowl organization.

Through the PlayStation® Fiesta Bowl, Cheez-It® Bowl and various community events throughout the year, Fiesta Bowl Charities has granted $10 million in charitable giving the last four years alone and $15.5 million to the Arizona community in the last nine years.

“Giving back to the Arizona community has been core to the Fiesta Bowl mission since we were founded in 1971, from our Board of Directors to Yellow Jacket Committee, volunteers and staff,” said Patrick Barkley, Chair of the Fiesta Bowl Board of Directors. “Providing this record total of charitable giving for the many exceptional nonprofits around the state truly makes a difference in the lives of Arizonans in our core pillars of youth, sports and education.”

This season, Fiesta Bowl Charities implemented new, defined levels of funding. Charitable organizations applied for grants at three different tiers: Spirit of the Fiesta Bowl Grant at $100,000, Touchdown Grant at $50,000 and the Field Goal Grant at $25,000.

The new funding model allows Fiesta Bowl Charities to make a larger impact through each organization granted, focusing on the depth of the impact. In addition, smaller Fiesta Bowl Charites grants are available for nonprofits who have funding needs that arise during the year, with the guidelines posted at

The full list of recipients is available here.

Aligning with the Fiesta Bowl’s vision of being “More Than Just A Game,” Fiesta Bowl Charities has committed $1 million for its Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime program, with 200 teachers to receive $5,000 each. Since its inception three years ago, Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime has granted over $2.2 million to Arizona teachers, impacting over 110,000 kids across the state. Applications for the 2019-20 program will open on September 4.

“We are proud of the success from our Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime program and will continue to invest time and resources to make an even bigger impact for Arizona’s teachers,” said Fiesta Bowl Executive Director Mike Nealy. “We are inspired by the success stories from our past teachers and grant recipients and we are motivated to increase our giving to support teachers and nonprofits throughout our great state.”

Quick facts about Fiesta Bowl Charities:

  • $3 million given in charitable giving for 2019-20 season
  • 41 nonprofits benefit from Fiesta Bowl Charities’ grant cycle in 2019-20
  • $10 million in charitable giving over last four years
  • $15.5 million in charitable giving over last nine years
  • $2.2 million granted through Wishes for Teachers, powered by DriveTime program’s first three years
  • 200 Arizona teachers will receive a $5,000 grant
  • Fiesta Bowl gives more in charitable giving than any college bowl organization
  • Nearly 1 million people served in 2019-20
  • Over 600,000 youth served in 2019-20
  • 283,480 meals served in 2019-20


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 Arizonans year-round, during and outside of bowl season.