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Valley of the Sun United Way

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Arizona is fortunate – it is home to some of the biggest, most organized and most effective nonprofit organizations. Among the best is the Valley of the Sun United Way. For nearly a century, the Valley of the Sun United Way has been investing in local communities by bringing together public services, businesses, other nonprofits, and faith-based organizations. Today, it has more than 90,000 donors, 700 business supporters, and 5,000 volunteers, making it the largest nonprofit in Maricopa County. Its approach is straightforward – provide a one-stop shop in the fight to end hunger and homelessness, help children succeed, and increase the financial stability of families. The nonprofit has ambitious goals: By 2020, it seeks to increase by 20 percent the number of kids entering school who are ready to succeed, reduce chronic hunger in Maricopa County by 66 percent, cut homeless by 75 percent, and help 100,000 individuals in the county be self-sufficient.

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