Beneficiaries & Fundraising
Primary Beneficiary for 2017: 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.
To create and institute a fundraising program that allows 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:
Ila Stadie, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to ride for one of our beneficiaries please click on the link below to see their fundraising programs.
Adaptive Athletics U of A
ALS Arizona Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
American Cancer Society – Great West Division
American Red Cross
Arts for All
Arizona’s Children Association
AZ Multi Housing Foundation
Beads of Courage
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boys & Girls Clubs
Cakes for Causes
Community Food Bank Southern Arizona
easterseals Blake Foundation
Friends 4 The Future
Habitat for Humanity
International Rescue Committee
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Kent’s Heart & Hope
Look Save a Life
Leukemia & Lymphoma
Platelet Disorder Foundation
Rotary – Polio Plus
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
St. Elizabeth’s Health Center
Team Hoyt Arizona
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services
Uphill Into The Wind
Valley of the Sun Charity Foundation
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
“We established the beneficiary program in 1996 with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,” Ila Stadie, Perimeter Bicycling’s Development Director said. “Our aim was to introduce El Tour to a new audience while allowing other non-profit agencies to use El Tour as a fundraising event. In that first year, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society raised over $675,000 in contributions.”
Since that time, the program has continued to expand and grow to its current roster of more than 30 agency partners.
El Tour’s beneficiary program begins early in the spring with general informational meetings. Ila works with the beneficiaries in the months leading up to El Tour, helping the groups develop their own programs so they can meet their individual participation and fundraising goals. “We work year round educating the groups about El Tour. The beneficiaries are responsible for working with their committees to make sure their riders understand their program and encourage them to meet fundraising goals. Many of the non-profit agencies have on-line registration, as well as the ability to build your own 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. “We look for non-profits with patrons who are interested in cycling and are committed to the organization’s cause,” Ila said. “Potential beneficiaries will need resources (staff and/or volunteers) to fully commit to our program which is a year-round endeavor.”
Agencies with a national presence, such as Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, have even more potential, Ila said. “They are able to promote El Tour as an annual fundraising event and 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 $16 to $20 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 non-profits’ 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.