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Cox Charities selects 30 nonprofits for donations

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Cox Charities has selected 30 nonprofit grant recipients in Southern Arizona and will distribute $112,000 to Tucson area non profits. 

This is Cox Charities' largest annual donation to the region since the program was extended to Southern Arizona in 2004. 

Funds raised by Cox Charities directly support programs like Live the Solution's AZ Earn to Learn program in partnership with the University of Arizona, which empowers low-income families to invest in higher education. 

The program includes one-on-one financial coaching, personal finance workshops, and a matched savings program to encourage future UA students and their families to save for college expenses. 

Eligible participants receive an 8:1 match on their savings, which amounts to $4,000 per year. 
Cox Charities will provide a $10,000 grant to AZ Earn to Learn to help support programming that directly impacts Tucson families. 

AZ Earn to Learn, in partnership with all three instate universities, has funding to assist more than 1,500 students statewide and 730 future UA students. 

"Post secondary education is the primary mechanism of economic mobility for low-income individuals and unfortunately, investing in education is often difficult for these families and can pose a barrier to their economic advancement," said Kate Hoffman, executive director to Live the Solution. "AZ Earn to Learn is proud to partner with the University of Arizona to help low-income students further their education and contribute to a more highly skilled workforce in Southern Arizona." 

Cox raises part of its annual funds donated to Cox Charities grant recipients through its internal sustainability program, TWIG (Turning Waste Into Growth). One part of the program involves recycling cardboard from Cox fulfillment centers in Tucson. Since its inception in 2008, TWIF has raised nearly $60,000 statewide for Cox Charities. 

"Cox Charities is committed to the community and is proud of the $4 million statewide investment made in our local youth since the program was created 17 years ago," said Lisa Lovallo, vice president of Cox in Southern Arizona. "We are excited that we've reached a new record donation amount this year for the Southern Arizona Community." 

Southern Arizona area organizations that were awarded grant funds this year include: 
Amistades, Inc. – $3,000
Arizona Theater Company – $5,000
Arizona's Special Olympics – $5,000
Boys & Girls Club – $5,000
Cochise Robotics – $5,000 
Education Enrichment Foundation – $5,000 
El Rio Foundation – $10,000 
Friends of Sierra Vista Public Library – $10,000 
Gabriel's Angels – $2,500 
Horse Tails – $2,500 
Literacy Connects – $2,500 
Live the Solution – $10,000 
Reid Park Zoological Foundation – $5,000 
Southern Arizona's Association for the Visually Impaired – $2,500
Southern Arizona's Children's Advocacy Center – $4,000 
Southern Arizona's Aids Foundation – $15,000
Tucson Presidio Trust for Historic Preservation – $2,500 
Tucson Symphony Orchestra – $2,500
Tucson Values Teachers – $5,000 
YMCA – $5,000
Youth on Their Own – $5,000 
Total: $112,000

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