The AMA believes in giving back to the community. Our goal is to cultivate opportunities and generate financial resources to provide safer communities and enhance residents’ lives. Since 2005, the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF) and the Big Hearts committees have raised over $1,000,000 to support and address the needs of the community, children, veterans, housing and education.
Last year alone, AMCF Big Hearts raised a total of $82,040, with AMCF Big Hearts Phoenix Committee raising $50,536 and AMCF Big Hearts Tucson Committee raising $31,504. All the money raised last year was distributed to UMOM New Day Centers, the Julie Hurst and Steve Peters Education Fund, Autism Speaks, Our Family Services and Tucson Homeless Connect. Members of the AMCF Big Hearts Committee in both Phoenix and Tucson host annual fundraising events such as the Bowl-a-thon, Car Raffle, Silent Auction, Dollar-A-Door FUNdraiser, Gaslight Theatre, El Tour de Tucson, and Annual Fun Run. These events make it possible for us to make a difference in our communities.
AMCF Big Hearts originally started as the Big Hearts for Little Hands Committee through the AMA. It was created by the Board of Directors in 2005. The goal of this committee, bringing together both regular and associate members, was to create volunteering and fundraising events that support organizations like UMOM New Days Center and Our Family Services. As the donation amounts grew each year, the AMA felt it was important to formalize the efforts of the committee, so in 2011 the Board of Directors created the Arizona Multihousing Charitable Foundation (AMCF), a 501(c)(3) organization.
The creation of AMCF allowed the Association to expand its fundraising efforts. In 2015, the AMA Board of Directors tasked the AMCF Big Hearts for Little Hands Committees to begin fundraising for an Education Scholarship, and decided to name the fund in memoriam, honoring Julie Hurst, and in 2018 Steve Peters was added. With the new and expanded role of the committees, the “for Little Hands” was removed from the committee name, and a new logo was created for Big Hearts. Today, Big Hearts continues to grow, expand and adapt to the needs of the organization in supporting different charities that are important to members. Now, the AMCF and Big Hearts names have been combined together to create ACMF Big Hearts Phoenix and AMCF Big Hearts Tucson Committees. The logo has once again been updated to reflect the organization becoming one entity. AMCF Big Hearts has always adapted to the changing charitable and philanthropic interests of the AMA’s members and the changing needs of their communities.
UPCOMING AMCF BIG HEARTS EVENTS
August 10, 2018 - Big Hearts Bowl-a-thon
September 14 – Tucson Tradeshow Afterparty, Benefiting AMCF Tucson
October 28, 2018 - Autism Speaks Walk
November 17, 2018 - El Tour De Tucson
December 31, 2018 – Dollar-a-Door FUNdraiser Ends
January 2019 – AMCF Big Hearts Awards Ceremony & Car Raffle Drawing
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