Beneficiaries & Fundraising
Primary Beneficiary for 2019: Easterseals Blake Foundation
Is any nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that agrees to use one or more of the El Tour’s events as a fundraiser for their organization is considered and defined at a Supporting Beneficiary.
Create fundraising programs that allows other nonprofit organizations to use
El Tour de Tucson events to raise money for their mission, cause and/or objectives.
To encourage individuals of all ages and abilities to use cycling as a means towards developing a healthier lifestyle.
If you would like to become a “Supporting Beneficiary” of El Tour, please contact:
If you would like to ride for one of our beneficiaries please click on the link below to see their fundraising programs.
ALS Arizona Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
Arizona’s Childrens Association
Arizona Justice Project
AZ Multi Housing Foundation
Beads of Courage
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Clubs
Cakes for Causes
Easterseals Blake Foundation
Free Ever After
Friends of Aphasia
Friends of Pima Animal Care Center
Look Save a Life
Mobile Meals So. AZ
Rotary – Polio Plus
Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
Team Semper Fi Cycling Team
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services
UA Adaptive Athletics
Uphill Into The Wind
Water for People
Other Perimeter Charities
Armory Park Senior Center Meal Program
Bike N Box
Boy Scouts Troop 749
Children’s Miracle Network
Community Food Bank Southern Arizona
Downtown Tucson Partnership
Fred G. Acosta Job Corps
Molly Starr Foundation
Safford K8 Middle School
Tucson Fire Department
About the Supporting Beneficiary Program
In 1996 the program was created with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society/ Team in Training who has a fundraising program that incorporates bicycle riding with a comprehensive training program. This partnership introduced El Tour to a new audience. In that first year, LLS/TNT raised over $675,000 in contributions. This inspired Perimeter Bicycling/El Tour to work with other nonprofit agencies to increase ridership and encourage even more fundraising. Since 1996 the program has continued to grow to its current roster of more than 30 agency partners.
Perimeter Bicycling works with the beneficiaries beginning in the Spring to helping each agency develop their own programs so they can achieve their individual participation and fundraising goals. Many of the nonprofit agencies use an online registration program allowing them to build a unique fundraising page.
Any 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency may apply to the program, which is available for the main event, Indoor El Tour and Fun Ride. The greatest success is found with agencies whose patrons are interested in cycling and are committed to the organization’s cause. Each agency needs resources (staff and/or volunteers) to fully commit to the program which is a year-round endeavor.
Agencies with a national presence, such as Rotary-Ride to End Polio, are able to promote El Tour as an annual fundraising event. Their reach is worldwide and they bring cyclists from all over the country to Tucson.
In addition to supporting El Tour and the beneficiary organization, out-of-state cyclists support Tucson’s economy by spending money locally on hotels, restaurants, and incidentals. El Tour’s overall economic impact on ride week alone is estimated at up to $10 million.
The teamwork of the Perimeter Bicycling and the beneficiaries makes El Tour a success, as well as creating a fun-packed ride day for the nonprofits’ participants. Depending on the organization, in addition to taking care of all entrance forms and fees, beneficiaries may offer their riders training, team jerseys, El Tour T-shirts, and social events before and after the ride.
With the help of the non-profit agency partners, the staff at Perimeter Bicycling, and individual riders, El Tour will continue to grow and make a difference.