Friday, January 15, 2021


It is tax time and we want to remind you that the McKenna Youth Foundation is a Qualifying Charity for Arizona Tax Credits.  Contribute to the McKenna Youth Foundation and receive a dollar for dollar tax credit. Here is how it works:

The Arizona State Tax Credit program allows you to make a donation to the McKenna Youth Foundation (Qualifying Charity Organization) as well as other categories of Arizona tax credits (Military, Foster, Public and Private Schools) and receive a dollar-for-dollar credit against Arizona state taxes owed.

Donating to the McKenna Youth Foundation will most likely leave you in a tax neutral situation, meaning you’ll pay about the same total amount whether you use the tax credits or just pay the tax; but, by donating you get a say in how the money is spent. You may contribute up to the amount of your expected Arizona tax liability to each tax credit category, for the McKenna Youth Foundation, you may contribute up to $400.00 for a single filer and $800.00 for a joint filing. If you contribute more than your total state tax amount, the credits can be carried forward five years. You must make your tax credit donations by April 15, 2021, for them to apply to the 2020 year. You can find additional information on the Arizona Dept of Revenue state tax credit page.

This year has been exceedingly difficult for everyone; but especially charities and the people they assist! By choosing to help our cause you will Make a Difference in a Child’s Life!

The McKenna Youth Foundation has been able to provide food, clothing, books, toys, household items, and bicycles to more than 3300 families and over 10,850 children.  In addition to the annual holiday party, the McKenna Youth Foundation has assisted numerous children by providing food and housing scholarships, sending kids to summer programs and providing back to school clothing.  We would not be able to assist these valley families in need without the support of generous donors and we would be so grateful for your assistance! We hope you will choose to contribute to our very worthy cause.

Tax Write offs for Donations to the McKenna Youth Foundation will be mailed by January 31, 2021.

Thank you for your Generosity!

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Holiday Distribution

 Pre Covid-19 the first Saturday of December was my favorite day, the community coming together helping those in need, smiles on everyone's faces, endless hugs, the sound of children singing and laughing. Waking on Saturday I was nervous and anxious, not knowing how the Holiday Distribution would go and what the response would be. It was a small; but, mighty group of volunteers that unloaded the truck, sorted sweat shirts, set up food boxes and laundry baskets of household items. Santa was there with his favorite helper handing out candy and visiting with the families while they waited in the cars.  The families were so grateful for the food and household Items; but, happiness was overwhelming when I handed them the gift cards. The families that won the smart tv's and other raffles (the drawing was done prior to the first arrival) there were cheers and tears of joy!  It was not the usual McKenna Youth Foundation Holiday Party for the children; but, I was so happy we could help these families and I truly believe we created a bit of Holiday Magic!  Thank you to all who donated time and money to make this day possible! Without a doubt You have made a difference in a child's life!

Friday, December 4, 2020

Tomorrow,  December 5th is the Holiday Distribution for Families in Need at Aunt Chiladas Squaw Peak. Please arrive at 9am.  Looking forward to a successful outreach!

 Thank You Rowe Family Charitable Foundation for your continuing support!

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Holiday Distribution

So, it is Plan B, The McKenna Youth Foundation Holiday Distribution!  Thinking of everyone's safety we are not having a Party: but, a drive through Distribution.  We need VOLUNTEERS (wearing a mask) 9 am to 1:30pm on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Aunt Chiladas (Squaw Peak) to insure a quick and efficient process.  Volunteers will put together food and household item boxes, sort sweatshirts and help load items into the vehicles.  Unfortunately there is a Bicycle shortage and after speaking with school official have decided to give gift cards instead this year.  We know it has been a exceedingly difficult year and are hoping to spread some cheer and if we are lucky a little holiday magic. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call Terri Damiani at 602.332.9601.  Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 25, 2020

 Covid-19 has been devastating to families, businesses and especially non profits.  Donations are down and we were forced to cancel our annual fundraiser this year. Needless to say Funds are at an all time low and WE NEED YOUR HELP! 

Our ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY FOR THE CHILDREN is scheduled for December 5, 2020 at Aunt Chiladas Squaw Peak.  It is unclear at this time if we will be able to use the normal format for the party or Plan B. You know the old saying Hope for the Best, But, Plan for the Worst!  We will be prepared because this year Families in need require our help more than ever!

We hope you will choose to help our worthy by sending a tax deductible donation by Mail 29645 N 45th Street Cave Creek, AZ 85331, Email, Calling 602.332.9601, Faxing Credit Card Information 480.855.9971, Pay Pal or Zelle.