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Frequently Asked Questions About Primavera

This section answers commonly asked questions about Primavera Foundation. 

  1. Through partnerships with volunteers, neighborhoods, community-based organizations, businesses and the public sector, we offer support geared towards breaking cycles of poverty and homelessness:

    • Emergency Services
    • Affordable Rental Housing
    • Primavera Works Staffing Service
    • Civil Rights Restoration
    • Financial Education and Empowerment
    • Homebuyer Education and Homeownership
    • Neighborhood Revitalization
    • Community Building and Engagement

    For a list of our specific programs and services, visit our What We Do section.

  2. The Primavera Foundation provides pathways out of poverty through safe, affordable housing, workforce development, and neighborhood revitalization. To learn more about our vision, values, and goals, visit our Our Purpose section.

  3. Primavera Foundation began in 1983 as a response to the growing numbers of homeless individuals on the streets of Tucson, Arizona. Gordon Packard and Nancy Bissell organized a large group of volunteers to begin the St. Martin’s Soup Kitchen, which later closed. They later moved on to renovate Pueblo Court into supportive housing for the mentally ill, and raised funds to build the Primavera Men’s Shelter, which still provides shelter to up to nearly 100 men each night, 365 days per year. To learn more about our history, visit Our Story & History section.

  4. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year alone, Primavera impacted over 6,800 people who wanted to improve their lives in Southern Arizona. To learn more about the population we serve, visit our Who We Serve section.

  5. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, our funding came from the following sources:

    • 47% - government grants & contracts
    • 27% - contributions & fundraising
    • 13% - earned revenue
    • 9% - NeighborWorks® America
    • 3% - donated meals
    • 1% - miscellaneous

    Visit our Financials & Reports section to learn more.

  6. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, our expenses included:

    • 86% - programs
    • 8% - general & administrative
    • 6% - fundraising

    Visit our Financials & Reports section to learn more.

  7. Typically, we have over 1,300 dedicated volunteers helping the organization. And that's not all! To learn more about all the ways you can participate, visit our Get Involved section.

  8. Typically, we have over 1,600 generous donors giving to the organization. And that's not all! To learn more about the many ways you can donate, visit our Give section.

  9. We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials & Reports section to learn more.

  10. Our organization takes our donor privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. Please rest assured that the Primavera Foundation is committed to the confidentiality and privacy of our donors. We never share, sell, or trade the personal information of our donors, whether online or offline donors, with any other organization. We honor the privacy and confidentiality of our donors and protect your personal information accordingly. For more detailed information, download a copy of our Privacy Policy.


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