Together, We Make an Impressive Difference in our Community

Waste NOT is fortunate to receive support from many organizations within our community. We are proud to feature just a few of these important partners who enable us to provide uninterrupted service to the members of our recipient network who depend upon us daily for hope as well as sustenance.


$50,000 Donors

Thunderbird Charities

The Phoenix Thunderbirds have been an integral part of the Valley of the Sun since 1937.  Although better known as the host organization for the Waste Management Open golf tournament, their charitable arm was established in 1986. Since then, they have raised more than $86 million for Arizona Charities that focus on improving the quality of life for children and families in our community.

Waste NOT is honored to be a proud partner of the Thunderbirds and Thunderbird Charities on many levels. For years, we have collected excess food at the conclusion of the golf tournament. The 2015 donation we picked up was more than double the prior year: 33,000 pounds of food that was delivered to hungry children and families of our community. In 2016, 18,000 pounds of food was donated.

During 2016, Thunderbirds Charities provided Waste NOT with a $20,000 grant that provided substantial assistance to our 35 agency partners within our Children, Youth & Families program. We salute the Phoenix Thunderbirds for its investment in our work through the years and the group's remarkable contribution to the needy citizens of our community. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Trends Charitable Foundation

The Trends Charitable Fund (TCF) is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1995 to issue grants to Arizona 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the TCF mission to support programs in need that positively impact women, children and their families where TCF can make a significant difference. Funds have been granted for both operational and capital expenditures.

The TCF mission is carried out through the volunteer work of dedicated TCF Board Members, Trendsetters (women honored at an annual “An Evening of Trends" event for their community leadership), and other community volunteers. Funds are raised through two major fundraisers (An Evening of Trends and TCF Celebrity Luncheon). Grant selections are made public in November by majority decision of the TCF Board of Directors after careful review and discussion. Over the years, TCF has donated nearly $4,500,000.

In the 2012-13 grant cycle, we received a grant of $45,000 to support the fuel and oil expense for our entire fleet of refrigerated trucks in 2013. Thank you, TCF, for your ongoing support of our very vital mission of serving the most vulnerable citizens of our community, by helping guarantee uninterrupted delivery of life-sustaining food to those who need it most.


Walmart's mission is to create opportunities so people can live better. The Walmart Foundation considers it their responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities it serves. Whether it’s through grants provided to the thousands of organizations that share its mission or through the inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, the company is passionate about helping people live better--one community at a time.

In 2013, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation gave $1.3 billion in cash and in-kind contributions around the world, surpassing 2012's total by more than $244 million. Global in-kind donations accounted for $1 billion, while $316.3 million was given in cash globally.

Included in this 2013 giving was a generous investment in Waste NOT. The Foundation donated $60,000 to Waste NOT for the purchase of a badly needed replacement refrigerated truck. We applaud the Walmart Foundation for its dedication to helping us help our neighbors in need.


$25,000 Donors

BHHC Legacy Partners

With a view toward helping to bring long-term systemic change in healthcare, the BHHS Legacy Foundation has committed over $30 million since 2001 to “increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for high-risk underserved and uninsured populations.”  They became a significant collaborator with Waste NOT in 2009 providing our agency with a total of $105,000 to date which has helped us to expand and support our service area in the west side of the Valley.

We are very grateful for BHHS Legacy Foundation’s partnership which has helped us move forward to helping even more of our neighbors in need. 

Thank you.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

For the 7th straight year, Chili’s Grill & Bar, owned by Brinker International, hosted their annual fundraiser in May for the benefit of Waste NOT.  All 19 locations participated in raising a record-breaking $28,582! We are grateful for this invaluable support and commitment from Brinker International and thank the many Chiliheads for their dedication, hard work and commitment to our mission of feeding our hungry neighbors. Since 2010, Chili’s and their loyal customers have donated a total of $164,000 in support of Waste NOT.

Thank you for helping us help make our community a better place!

Fiesta Bowl

Fiesta Bowl Charities is dedicated to supporting organizations that contribute to the success of their community outreach through youth, sports and educational programs as well as human services. Waste NOT is proud to be one of those organizations helping improve the lives of others. For 2015, Fiesta Bowl Charities provided an important grant of $20,000 to fund professionally produced videos that will showcase our 'behind the scenes' work in rescuing and delivering more than 2.2 million pounds of food annually.

We give heartfelt thanks to Fiesta Bowl Charities for being our partner and providing us with $45,000 in total grant funding over the past few years to assist us in feeding the hungry men, women and children of our Valley.

Season for Sharing

The Arizona Republic/12 News Season for Sharing has raised more than $59 million since its inception in 1993. In the most recent campaign for 2015-2016 the campaign generated $2.73 million, including $400,000 in matching funds from the Gannett Foundation and community partners, The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Billing Tree and 12News. These funds support local nonprofit agencies that help at-risk children and families, improve educational skills, aid victims of domestic violence and serve older adults.

Thanks to this incredible campaign, Waste NOT received $20,000 for our Food Rescue and Delivery Program in 2016. To date, Season for Sharing's investment in our work to feed the hungry totals $315,000!


$10,000 Donors

Schumacher European, LLC

A family-owned business since 1985, Schumacher Mercedes-Benz has been consistently named by Mercedes-Benz as one of the top 50 dealers in the U.S Recently Schumacher European was announced as a 2013 Best of the Best Award Winner by Mercedes-Benz USA. Schumacher European has also ranked #1 for 13 consecutive years as the top luxury auto dealer in Ranking Arizona Business Magazine.

Mr. Werner Schumacher played a pivotal role in the early days of Waste Not, serving on the board of directors in the organization’s developmental stages, as well as lending financial support and expertise that continue to today. Most recently, with Mr. Schumacher’s guidance, Waste Not added another new Mercedes Sprinter to its fleet of refrigerated trucks.


$5,000 Donors

Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Grants Program is one of the many charitable initiatives that are supported in partnership with employees, sponsors, season ticket holders, athletes and fans.” Along with the Arizona Diamondbacks' organization, the Foundation has made more than $30 million in donations to non-profit organizations throughout Arizona over the last 15 years.”  Waste NOT is extremely grateful to be a recipient of such generosity. Since 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks Charities has donated a total of $39,200 to help Waste NOT keep its trucks on the road delivering hope and sustenance to those who need it most. In 2014, we received $5,000. 


We are grateful for this partnership. Thank you Arizona Diamondbacks for your support over the years.

Bank of Arizona

Bank of Arizona is an operating division of BOKF, NA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BOK Financial Corporation. The Corporation develops meaningful relationships with more than 800 nonprofit partners in the eight states where it has banking centers. With these relationships, they are able to identify, understand and address the unique challenges each of their communities face. With tangible needs identified, the company strategically invests in programs that enhance both the quality of life and economic well-being of its communities.

Not only has Bank of Arizona provided Waste NOT with another $5,000 grant in 2016, several years ago they offered one of their senior officers to serve on theWaste NOT board.  Now, she is in the all-important role of Board President. Thank you Bank of Arizona for sharing these valued resources to help us feed the hungry in our local community!

Bar-S Foods

Bar-S Foods manufactures and distributes a full line of packaged meats including hot dogs, corn dogs, bacon, lunch meat, smoked sausage, and hot links, primarily under the Bar-S value brand.  It also sells a full line of dairy products under various brands for the Hispanic market. Its products are sold to deli, retail grocery, warehouse club, and other institutional customers throughout the US, and abroad. Bar-S Foods is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mexico-based meat and cheese processor Sigma Alimentos, which is part of one of the largest companies in Mexico -- Alfa SAB.

When it comes to philanthropy, Bar-S Foods is happy to support the nonprofit sector's efforts to positively impact the community. The commitment to Waste NOT includes an annual $5,000 contribution along with a Bar-S senior officer's time and expertise serving as Waste NOT's Treasurer.

Thank you, Bar-S Foods!

The Employees Community Fund of Boeing Arizona

Waste NOT is grateful for Boeing’s presence and generosity in our community. It's Employees Community Fund in Mesa collectively supports the needs of the local community through actively making grants. With a volunteer Board of Directors, composed of Boeing employees, Mesa ECF funds programs in the areas of health, education, social services and community enrichment.

Since 1999, Boeing Arizona employees have granted Waste NOT a remarkable total of $47,900 to help us deliver consistent nutrition to organizations in our Valley that feed and empower hungry men, women and children. In 2015, we received a grant of $5,000.  We are very proud that Boeing ECF continues to partner with Waste NOT. Thank you, ECF, for your dedication to continuing to help the most vulnerable members of our community.

Cardinals Charities

Cardinals Charities support programs designed to "improve the quality of life and enhance opportunities for children, women, and minorities in the state of Arizona. Since its inception in 1990, Cardinals Charities has distributed more than $4,000,000 to over 300 worthy Arizona charitable organizations on behalf of the Arizona Cardinals and the National Football League."

We are extremely grateful to be a recipient of Cardinals Charities’ generosity.  Since 2000, Cardinals Charities has donated a total of $33,000 to help Waste NOT ensure uninterrupted deliveries of nutrition to the most vulnerable members of our community – our children.  Thank you, Cardinals Charities!

Darden Foundation

The Darden Restaurants Community Grants Program is a local grants program that helps support nonprofit organizations focused on the issues of access to postsecondary education, preservation of natural resources or hunger, in the hundreds of communities Darden and its restaurant brands serve.

Waste NOT is honored to be a recipient of Darden’s Restaurant Community Grants program! We are proud that our local Darden restaurants – four Red Lobster locations, one The Capital Grille and one Eddie V's– recognized us as a leader in our community and are supporting our work of feeding our Valley's hungry, awarding us six $1000 grants. Darden’s fine family of restaurants also includes Olive Garden. Since 2006, Darden restaurants have partnered with us in our Food Rescue and Delivery Program. YTD 2014, a total of 19 Darden restaurants have donated 59,070 pounds of wholesome, delicious food that we in turn deliver to approximately 100 agencies and organizations that feed the hungry. We applaud and appreciate Darden’s commitment to helping ensure that their excess food does not go to waste but goes to those who need it most!

Matson Foundation

The Matson Foundation contributes funds, material goods and services to assist in the development and operation of not-for-profit, charitable and community organizations in the geographic locations in which Matson has business operations.

Matson’s corporate giving program is designed to reflect the company’s longstanding participation in community activities in Hawaii, Guam and the continental U.S. While the Matson Foundation supports a wide range of community needs, donations are generally made to charitable non-profits that have the greatest opportunity to positively affect the communities Matson serves. Areas of interest include maritime environment and ocean resource conservation, education, human services, culture and arts, and civic and community programs.

Waste NOT is grateful to the Matson Foundation for providing support for many consecutive years, including 2015/2016 when they made several investments totaling $3,750 through us to feed hungry people in the Phoenix area. Thank you again.

The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation

The Foundation  supports museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs f or youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. We are grateful for past support from The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and for their investment in feeding hungry people in the Greater Phoenix Metro Area with their 2014 donation of $5,000. Thank you very much!

Phoenix Sun Charities

In 2015, Waste NOT gratefully received a grant of $5,000, its 13th grant from Phoenix Suns Charities – for a total of $57,500 in support of Waste NOT since 1996.Since its inception in 1988, the Foundation has donated roughly 15 million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations. Phoenix Suns Charities’ mission is to assist the needs of children in Arizona. With one in four children living in poverty in the areas we serve, the Suns' steadfast support continues to make a significant impact on the nutritional needs of the most vulnerable members of our community.  

Thank you Phoenix Suns Charities for embracing the children and youth that we serve!

Quicken Loans

Quicken Loans and the Rock Ventures Family of Companies are dedicated to supporting organizations, both large and small, who are transforming the cities where we live, work and play. In 2015 Quicken Loans granted $16 million in charitable donations and Team Members volunteered over 100,000 hours. To learn more about Quicken Loans' community engagement, like them on Facebook and follow them at to keep up to date with their endeavors!

Waste NOT is proud to count Quicken Loans as an ongoing Financial Partner. With a 2016 investment of $5,000, they continue to help us feed our hungry neighbors. We admire how much work they do in multiple communities across the country and we are happy to acknowledge their generous efforts in supplying employee volunteers and financial support right here in our Valley.

Salt River Project (SRP)

As a community based, nonprofit power utility, SRP is pleased to make corporate contributions to nonprofit organizations providing meaningful and beneficial programs to the community.

In 2016, SRP gave a $5,000 grant to Waste NOT's Powering Food Rescue & Delivery Program.  For this 3rd annual contribution and a continued commitment to help us feed the hungry, Waste NOT is most grateful.  Thank you SRP for partnering with us!

Sundt Foundation

Since 2007 the Sundt Foundation has generously partnered with Waste NOT, donating a total of $37,718, to help improve the nutritional levels of disadvantaged children throughout Maricopa County. Since it was founded over a century ago, Sundt has been dedicated to improving the communities where it operates. In 1999, they expanded this effort by creating the Sundt Foundation, a separate non-profit organization focused on the needs of disadvantaged children and adults. The Foundation receives most of its funding through employee contributions, which are matched by the company. To date, they have provided more than $6 million in aid to community organizations in Arizona, California, and Texas.

In 2015, Waste NOT received a $5,500 grant. We are tremendously grateful to the Sundt Employees for your continued confidence in our organization, your steadfast support and for your generosity. Thank you.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo is actively involved philanthropically in the local communities where they do business. Their first priority is to support programs and organizations whose chief purpose is to benefit low and moderate-income individuals and families and those that keep our communities strong, diverse and vibrant. One of their priorities in support of social and human service organizations is meeting the basic needs of people within the community.  

Wells Fargo continues to help Waste NOT sustain its commitment to deliver fresh, perishable food to those in need by providing $30,000 since 2010. When the basic needs of vulnerable people in our community are consistently met, our recipient agency partners are then able to help their clients focus on Wells Fargo’s other priorities – becoming strong, trained productive members of their communities. Thank you Wells Fargo for your commitment to Waste NOT and for your invaluable ongoing support.


Corporate and Foundation Donors

  • APS
  • Arizona Republic/12 News/Season for Sharing
  • Bank of Arizona
  • Bar-S Foods
  • BHHS Legacy
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
  • CoBiz Cares Foundations
  • Halle Foundation
  • Levin Family Charitable Foundation
  • CoBiz Cares Foundations
  • Matson Foundation
  • Otto & Edna Neely Foundation
  • Quicken Loans
  • Salt River Project (SRP)
  • Schulz Charitable Foundation
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • Valley Anesthesiology Foundation
  • Wells Fargo


Corporate and Foundation Donors

  • American Family Insurance
  • APS
  • Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Arizona Republic/12 News/Season for Sharing
  • Bank of America
  • Bar-S Foods
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona
  • Boeing Arizona ECF
  • Caljet of America
  • Cardinals Charities
  • De Falco Family Foundation
  • Dr. Scholl Foundation
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • Fry's Stores
  • Halle Foundation
  • John F. Long Foundation
  • Levin Family Charitable Foundation
  • Matson Foundation
  • Otto & Edna Neely Foundation
  • Pendleton Memorial Fund
  • Phoenix Suns Charities
  • Quicken Loans
  • Schulz Foundation
  • Sundt Foundation
  • Surplus Line Assoc of AZ Foundation
  • Thunderbirds Charities
  • Tridave
  • Veritra
  • Wells Fargo
  • Western Refining Southwest Inc.

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