PICOR Charitable Foundation, Partners Raise Record $80,152 for Youth Programs

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PICOR Charitable Foundation was unable to come together in a traditional way to stage its 26th annual Pancake Feed in Reid Park. Instead of underwriting the supply cost for the event, PICOR Commercial Real Estate donated $10,000 to the foundation and urged past donors to again contribute so Tucson’s youth programs in need would receive grants at a time when non-profit budgets have been rocked by the times.

Against the odds of COVID-19, this was a year that cumulative donations topped $1 million. The result exceeded expectations. With a heartwarming increase from lead donor the Burton Family Foundation, clients, vendors, community members, family and friends joined to donate over $80,000. 

The volunteer committee reviewed 85 grant applications and selected 38 Tucson region non-profits to receive 2020 funding. PCF prioritizes support for organizations with smaller budgets and an emphasis on basic needs, and many organizations expressed operating or service-delivery challenges from the pandemic’s impact. 

The 2020 grants funded trauma support, scholarships, shoes and clothing, books, arts exposure, sensory needs, a path to higher education, and more. Year-end grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 were awarded to: 

  • The Abbie School (Arizona Center for Autism)
  • Angel Heart Pajama Project (AHPP)
  • Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation
  • Arizona Theatre Company
  • Arizona Youth Partnership
  • Assistance League of Tucson, Inc.
  • Aviva Children’s Services
  • BICAS
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Tucson
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
  • Casa De Los Ninos
  • Earn To Learn
  • Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • El Rio Health Center Foundation
  • Gabriel’s Angels
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
  • Homicide Survivors, Inc. 
  • Integrative Touch For Kids
  • Interfaith Community Services
  • JobPath, Inc.
  • Literacy Connects
  • Make Way For Books
  • Marana Unified School District Food & Clothing Bank
  • More Than A Bed
  • Our Family Services, Inc.
  • Primavera Foundation
  • Project Linus
  • Reid Park Zoological Society
  • Southern Arizona Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT)
  • Tucson Girls Chorus
  • Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • YMCA of Southern Arizona
  • The Youth Corps of America, Inc.
  • Youth On Their Own

Three STEM-specific “Ken Nickel Memorial Grants” were matched by a $3,000 grant from Cushman & Wakefield | PICOR’s corporate support to Advocacy 31nine, San Miguel High School, and SARSEF.

To donate or apply for funds in our 2021 cycle, please visit www.picor.com/picor-charitable-foundation.

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