Republic Media doesn't just cover the community; we're a part of it. That's why we believe the roles of azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and La Voz involve more than reporting the news. From raising funds that help at-risk children and families through the annual Season for Sharing campaign to media sponsorships of local community events, our commitment is to enlighten, engage, inspire and improve the lives of our residents and readers.
Since 1993, our annual holiday fundraiser – Season for Sharing – has distributed more than $62 million to local nonprofit organizations.
The ongoing funding that Season for Sharing provides is the result of a true partnership between our readers, The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable and the Gannett Foundation. As all campaign expenses are underwritten by Republic Media, we're very proud to distribute 100 percent of all contributions to area nonprofit agencies, ensuring every cent makes a lasting impact.
We take our First Amendment responsibilities seriously. Our most important civic responsibility is to encourage free exchange of ideas and the fair and accurate coverage of the people, places and events that shape readers’ lives. The MIE program does that using a multi-pronged approach. In addition, the MIE program sponsors a media innovation summer camp for high school students. The camp will encourage students to think of new ways of creating and distributing news content while upholding the industry’s highest standards.
All Media in Education programs expenses are underwritten by Republic Media and are supported by our generous subscribers taking part in our Vacation Donation program. When stopping their subscription temporarily for a vacation, these subscribers donate the credit for their stopped newspapers to Media in Education programs. For more information on how you can participate in the Vacation Donation Program, please call (602) 444-1000, or (800) 332-6733 if you live outside the Phoenix area.
Republic Media values our in-kind assests and it is out expectation to receive an equal sponsorship level recognition for our contribution as financial contribution. We prefer to review one annual request per organization that includes all opportunities for support. We require a completed application for support at least eight (8) weeks in advance of the start date of the program or event. We typically review proposals within 10 business days of receipt and will provide a response within 30 days.
We prefer to align our partnerships with organizations or programs in Maricopa County that support our philanthropic focuses of helping the most vulnerable or under-served in the following areas:
In general we are unable to support request for the following:
In-Kind Partnership Objectives
A partnership between The Arizona Republic, Governor's Office for Youth, Faith & Families, the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Arizona Community Foundation, BHHS Legacy Foundation, Virginia G. Piper CharitableTrust and other local funding partners, the "It shouldn't hurt to be a child" program has distributed more than $9 million to child abuse prevention agencies.
The “It Shouldn’t Hurt to be a Child” specialty license plate is among the most popular in Arizona. When you renew your vehicle's registration, you can purchase the plate for $25. Proceeds fund grants to nonprofit organizations that work to prevent child abuse and neglect throughout the state. Help save Arizona’s children by purchasing or renewing your plate today.
Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers, in partnership with azcentral, provided $750,000 in 2017 to over 140 deserving teachers throughout the state of Arizona. By submitting online applications, Arizona teachers in public and charter schools were eligible to receive $5,000 each to fulfill their classroom wish. By random selection, teachers had their wishes granted throughout November and December by local Arizona community champions, celebrities and the college football community.
The 2018-19 Wishes for Teachers application will open in Fall 2018.
Now in its 12th year, the Summer Youth Program supports non-profits that provide summer programming for underserved Maricopa County youth. The initiative is funded through a partnership between The Republic/azcentral.com, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Arizona Community Foundation, Helios Foundation, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and others.
Programs range from traditional camps in cooler climes to formal education skill building in science, math, reading and social interaction at Valley venues.
In 2017, approximately 45,000 youth directly benefited from the Summer Youth Program, including Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped, Arizona Science Center, Boys and Girls Clubs, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Elevate Phoenix, Future for Kids, Hope and a Future, Phoenix Day, Phoenix Theatre and Save the Family Foundation.