Members of the Board of Directors for Executive Council Charities met at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale’s Hartley & Ruther Barker Branch to provide the first installment of a $375,000 commitment over five years to fund the Power Hour room and program. After doing the formal check presentation, the Board Members spent time interacting with the youth including a challenging game of “Are You Smarter than a Club Member” – which was won by the enthusiastic kids.On top of this commitment, additional funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale come through Executive Council Charities’ Support Arizona Youth program, where donors can specify selected charities for their contribution and be eligible for a dollar-for-dollar Arizona state tax credit for assisting the working poor.

The program being supported, Power Hour: Making Minutes Count, provides Club professionals with the strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help and tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners. The Power Hour materials provide practical tips and best practices for recognition and incentives, behavior management, volunteer recruitment and training, collaboration with other organizations and use of technology and the Internet.

“The services Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides the children of our community are amazing and fit perfectly with our mission to help youth overcome adversity and reach their full potential,” said Ryan Amato, 2012-2013 Board Chairman for Executive Council Charities. “We have worked hard to grow our grants pool over the past few years and are grateful we can continue to support strong organizations like Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, as well as reaching out to lesser known and emerging nonprofits that impact local youth.”

Inclusive of this grant, Executive Council Charities has supported more than 60 local youth charities during the 2013 grant cycle. The organization also recently announced a significant multi-year commitment to sponsor the 4th Floor Playroom at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

“Because of the generous support of Executive Council Charities, we are able to offer impactful programs like Power Hour that ultimately help inspire our 17,500 members commit to their studies, earn their high school degree and to dream big,” said Steve Davidson, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale provides a positive, safe and fun environment to help 17,500 youth of all ages and backgrounds develop the qualities needed to reach their full potential. The Club offers more than 100 youth development programs at the organization’s nine branches and multiple outreach sites located in Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa and Hualapai Indian Communities. For more information, visit