Beneficiaries & Fundraising

Primary Beneficiary for 2017:  Easterseals Blake Foundation

Supporting Beneficiary:
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,

If you would like to ride for one of our beneficiaries please click on the link below to see their fundraising programs. 

2016 Beneficiaries:

ALS Association AZ Chapter
Alzheimer’s Association – Desert Southwest Chapter
Air Guardian
ARSOBO Projects for Inclusion
AZ Multi Housing Foundation
Beads of Courage
Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys Scouts of America-Catalina Chapter
Cakes for Causes
Children’s Clinics
Community Food Bank in Marana
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America
Dream Factory of Arizona
Easter Seals
El Grupo
Erik Hite Foundation
Esperanza EN Escalante
Friends 4 The Future
Gabriel’s Angel’s
Girls’ on The Run
Habitat for Humanity
INTO Africa
International Rescue Committee
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
La Frontera
La Paloma Family Services
Look Save a Life
Make Way For Books
National MS Society AZ Chapter
Platelet Disorder Support Association
Rotary – Polio Plus
Save The Pets
Shay’s Vision
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance
Susan G. Komen Arizona
Team Hoyt Arizona
The Haven
The 100 Days Foundation
Tu Nidito Children & Family Services
Twilight Wish Foundation
Uphill Into The Wind
Water for People
Wright Flight
World Care

>>BENEFICIARIES Receiving Funds 2012-2015 (PDF)

Other Perimeter Charities
Armory Park Senior Center Meal Program
Bahati Foundation
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.