Arizona continues to garners attention in the non-profit sector, which has become a major driver bringing in $22.4 billion into the Grand Canyon State's economy.

"We only recently started covering funding news and philanthropic happenings in the Southwest, but this market is really exploding — especially in Arizona, and we've written about any number of interesting Arizona foundations in our Southwest Funding Guide. 

"As a relatively young state compared to those on the East Coast, Arizona has never enjoyed the deep philanthropic traditions of more established areas of the country. However, the state is maturing, roles are changing, and now, its nonprofit sector is emerging as a driver of economic growth. One factor behind that growth is an increase in philanthropic giving in Arizona over the past decade as new funders have arrived on the scene and existing funders have stepped things up."--Alyssa Ochs, Inside Philanthropy