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The nonprofit community in Tucson is alive and well.

Tucson is a city of giving. That much is clear just based on the number of nonprofits that call the Old Pueblo home.

Whether it’s helping people with mental health issues, ensuring athletes meet their full potential, housing the homeless or enriching our lives with the arts, there are local organizations dedicated to making our community a better place.

This is challenging work, but Southern Arizona’s nonprofit organizations step up to achieve their goals.

To honor the work of groups like the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona, Youth on Their Own and the Friends of PACC (to name but a few), Inside Tucson Business compiles a special edition every year recognizing the region’s nonprofit community.

Associate editor Jeff Gardner leads the way this year with a look into the financial side of nonprofits; How do NPOs find the funds they need to perform their work, and how do they make the connection to the banking world? Staff reporter Christopher Boan met with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona to preview the upcoming gala—a rather high-class affair—that also functions as a major fundraiser. Given the 007 theme, you’ll want to have your martini shaken, not stirred.

We also have special contributions from people working in the nonprofit sector. Community Foundation of Southern Arizona President and CEO J. Clinton Marbie discusses the foundation’s many initiatives and funds, while Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits CEO Kristen Merrifield writes about the economic impact of nonprofit organizations—and why they deserve a seat at the table.

Rounding things out this year is a rundown of local nonprofits, their mission and how to make the connection—just in case you feel like lending a hand.

If you are a member of the nonprofit community in Pima County, thank you for all that you do to improve our great community.