Diverse generationsWhy We Were Founded

The Be a Gift Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It was founded by the Timothy R. Donovan family of Scottsdale, Arizona. Its creation was inspired by the words of Pope John Paul II’s “Theology of the Body” where he states, “To say that man is created in the image and likeness of God means that man is called to exist ‘for’ others, to become a gift.” Based upon these words, the Donovan family wanted to create a vehicle through which they and others could become a gift to people in need.


Our Mission

The mission of the Be a Gift Foundation is to offer financial assistance to individuals in need where such assistance typically is not available to them from other sources. We fulfill this purpose by responding to the requests of other social service and non-profit agencies that make us aware of certain specific needs of the individuals that they serve.



Examples of Grant Requests

Although our average grant for a specific need generally does not exceed $500, we will consider larger requests on a case-by-case basis.

We will consider almost any type of grant request that falls within our mission. Here are some examples of the types of requests we will consider:

• Providing a young adult transitioning out of foster care with start-up money for shelter, food, and/or clothing.

• Assisting unwed mothers with pregnancy and newborn baby needs and medical expenses.

• Helping a family with a sudden loss of income pay their rent, utilities or other household expenses.

• Helping an individual pay for needed medical care or equipment.

• Helping a child or teen go to camp or other special program to help keep him/her off of the streets.

• Providing funds to pay for drug rehab or counseling.

• Providing foster or indigent children with necessary or discretionary items or services for which no government funds are available, such as special classes to learn a trade or skill, music or art lessons, equipment needed to develop special skills, tutoring, and other similar items or services.


How We Work

The Be a Gift grant committee meets weekly to review and respond to the grant requests it received from social service and other non-profit agencies. Meeting weekly allows us to respond quickly to the requests of the agencies that we work with. For a faster response, you may submit a Grant Request online. Click Here


Who Can Submit a Grant Request?

In general, any not-for-profit organizations that provides charitable, social services to individuals, including private and state social welfare agencies, churches, hospitals and schools, can submit a grant request.  We look forward to developing solid working relationships with key members of these organizations including social workers, school counselors, clergy, administrators and other staff members and volunteers who regularly provide needed services to the individuals and families that reside in their communities.


Officers & Directors

Timothy and Elaine Donovan are the sole directors of the Foundation.  Timothy and Elaine are also the President and the Secretary/Treasurer, respecitively.


“If you can’t feed one hundred people, then feed just one” 

– Mother Teresa