Press Release

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) is pleased to announce that the South32 Hermosa Community Fund has awarded $112,000 to 16 nonprofit organizations in Santa Cruz County.

The South32 Hermosa Community Fund, a fund held at Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and its geographic affiliate, the Santa Cruz Community Foundation, supports nonprofit organizations based in Santa Cruz County where South32’s Hermosa project is located. Supported areas include arts, culture and history, environment, health and welfare, recreation, and civic enhancement. Grants are awarded after review by a committee comprised of South32 employees and Santa Cruz County community members.

• Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz County
• Cultural Arts Committee of Nogales Arizona
• Valley Assistance Services
• Las Lagunas de Anza
• Mariposa Community Health Center
• Patagonia Volunteer Fire & Rescue
• Rebuilding Together* Santa Cruz County
• Rio Rico Community Center
• Rio Rico Historical Society
• Rio Rico Rotary Foundation (Rio Rico Rotary Club)
• Santa Cruz Council on Aging
• Santa Cruz Training Programs
• Society for Bevel Intentions (Mat Bevel Company)
• St. Therese of Lisieux Parish
• United Way of Santa Cruz County

During this grant round, the South32 Hermosa Community Fund was able to provide support to a variety of different causes, from youth and elder services to the arts.

“As the only all-volunteer Fire Department in Santa Cruz County, this generous grant from South32 literally enables us to save lives and property at a moment’s notice,” shares Tim Regan, Assistant Chief of Patagonia Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

“Funding from South32 directly supports our education programming, allowing our nonprofit to provide programming that builds the foundation for critical thinkers to pursue STEM degrees and careers, increases science literacy in a creative, fun way, and grooms the next generation of innovators who may in the future develop new products and processes that sustain and improve our economy,” shares Paula Schaper, Multimedia Program Director of the Mat Bevel Company.

“The South32 grant will allow us to provide 60 or more bicycles and helmets to many of the first graders in our district, thus helping to fulfill our mission to provide to others. Seeing the smiles on the faces of our first graders when they see the bicycle that they will be receiving is truly remarkable and brings a wonderful feeling to all associated with the Rio Rico Rotary Bikes for Tykes program,” shares John Fanning, Rotary President of Rio Rico Rotary.

“This grant will help sustain our congregate meal program for seniors in our community. With inflation as it is on groceries, fuel, and utilities, we are continuing to sign up more seniors. Our Nogales senior community has grown in numbers, with our organization currently serving 261 active seniors,” shares Dr. Arnoldo Montiel, President of the Santa Cruz Council on Aging.

The grant from the South32 Hermosa Community Fund will also help the Santa Cruz Community continue with their traditions. “Receiving this grant means we are able to continue with our Dia de los Muertos Festival in downtown Nogales,” shares Sandra Kory, Treasurer of the Cultural Arts Committee of Nogales Arizona. “The community celebrates their families and loved ones who have passed, and we are able to teach our traditions to our youth through student projects.”

About the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Since 1980, Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has been a trusted philanthropic partner helping individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits work together to create an equitable and vibrant community for all Southern Arizonans. Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has supported Southern Arizona with over $215 million in grants and scholarships, stewarding the philanthropic legacy of our community’s generous donors and increasing the breadth and depth of resources available to nonprofit organizations in our region. For more information, visit or call (520) 770-0800.

About South32
South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminum, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. We are also the owner of the Hermosa Project, a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option, and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come, and to be trusted by our owners and partners to realize the potential of their resources.