The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation was established in 1997 before the D-backs ever played a Major League game. The mission of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is to support three main areas of need: homelessness, indigent healthcare and children's programs of all types, including education and youth baseball and softball field building and renovation, outreach programs and equipment. In addition, the Foundation has created strategic programs that address the needs of our community including veterans, police, teachers, and firefighters - just to name a few.
The organization coined the phrase "D-backs Give Back" in 2012, a simple and concise phrase to explain the dedication and combined giving of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. To date, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation have made charitable contributions totaling more than $60 million to non-profit organizations from across Arizona.
Of the $60 million total, $50 million has been distributed through the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. The majority of funds are raised through events and programs such as the annual Evening on the Diamond Gala, 50/50 Raffle, D-backs Celebrity Golf Classic, D-backs Race Against Cancer, Diamonds Back Field Building Program, License Plate Program, D-backs Authentics, Chase Field Tour Program, Mystery Ball, Online Auctions and major gifts from our players and partners in our community.
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation distributes funds through our Community Grants, and Grand Slam Awards, Diamonds Back Field Building, Education Initiatives, Youth Baseball and Outreach programs, and strategic partnerships with key community partners and non-profit organizations.
Our Community Grants and Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Awards application process is conducted on a yearly basis. Any 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Arizona is welcome to apply. The grants are reviewed by a committee of employees, the Executive Council, and season ticket holders who score the grants and make a recommendation to the Board. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Board of Directors, a 13-member voting board consisting of Arizona Diamondbacks and Maricopa County appointees, is responsible for annually approving all grant applications. Final determinations are announced each Fall.
Since 2000, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has built or refurbished 41 baseball fields as part of the "Diamonds Back" Field Building Program representing a charitable investment of more than $10 million. In partnership with APS and a charitable gift from individual players, the program has allowed children from across the state to play baseball and softball at quality facilities. The fields generally feature new lights, an electronic scoreboard, new fencing and backstops, new irrigation and new grass and dirt. For a complete list of "Diamonds Back" Fields, or to download a field building application.
In 2012, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation partnered with the University of Phoenix to launch the D-backs School Challenge, a statewide grant program that challenged public, private and charter to school to "make their best pitch" for a $5000 grant. By the end of 2012, $250,000 had been awarded to 51 schools from across the state. The charitable grants funded everything from library upgrades to asbestos removal including a solar house project, multiple robotics programs, literacy projects, school gardens, and so much more.
To summarize the D-backs' commitment to establishing a footprint in communities throughout Arizona, the organization became the first professional sports team to win the inaugural 2010 United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award, beating out other MLB teams such as the Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox as well as the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks and NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts. The award, which is viewed as a 21st century peace prize, honors and recognizes organizations positively impacting their communities through corporate responsibility. The D-backs were specifically awarded for their work with the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) and the Boys & Girls Club of Metropolitan Phoenix.
The Arizona Diamondbacks take great pride in being recognized as a leader in community giving. Our commitment to the needs of our state will continue be a cornerstone of our corporate mission.
Board of Directors
J. Eric Gudiño
Chairman, Ken Kendrick
President, Mike Kennedy
Vice President, Derrick M. Hall
Treasurer, Tom Harris
Secretary, Debbie Castaldo
Advisor, Dean Short
Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation Executive Council
Tammy Baker - Arizona Milk Producers
Joan Blackwood - University of Phoenix
Debbie Castaldo - Arizona Diamondbacks
Mark Cavanaugh - Community Business Leader
Hamilton Espinosa - DPR Construction
Vicki Fiorelli - Valley of the Sun United Way
Brett Hansen - Fox Sports Arizona
Tom Hatten - Mountainside Fitness
Marc Isaacs - Sun Orchard Juicery
Julie Jones - Vixxo Corporation
Dan Ketcherside - Ketch 22 Consulting, LLC
Christina Martinez - PetSmart
Cullen Maxey - Arizona Diamondbacks
Tom Meeks - Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Leslie Mulloy - JPMorgan Chase
Judd Norris - Arizona Diamondbacks
Dominic Orozco - Gila River Casinos
Paul Ortiz - Wilkinson Flooring
Mike Reina - Southern Wine and Spirits
Mike Ross - Gallagher and Kennedy
Rachel Sahlman - APS
Dennis Scully - D2 Productions
Max Sirstins - Sanderson Ford
Mo Stein - HKS Architects
Rob Vanderhei - Amfab Steel
Kerri White - Arizona Diamondbacks