Candid (formerly GuideStar) is a nationally recognized rating system for nonprofit organizations. Candid profiles give donors detailed information to aid them in their search for trusted nonprofits. There are four levels of seals that may be earned with progressively higher levels of transparency and accountability:  bronze, silver, gold, and platinum. 

Friends of the Tonto is proud to display our Candid Platinum Seal of Transparency, which is the highest rating achievable. Only 11% of Candid’s nonprofit members were awarded Platinum levels in 2023. We fully disclose comprehensive details about our finances, board of directors, strategic plan, and program metrics on the Candid website

Direct Donation

Friends of the Tonto National Forest relies on donations and grants to fund our projects and grow our operations. The generosity of community members makes the work we do to preserve and protect the Tonto National Forest possible.  Friends of the Tonto National Forest is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible (Tax ID #47-2053736). 

Friends of the Tonto National Forest accepts donations in honor or in memory of loved ones. We will send a note to the person that donations are in honor of and to family members that donations are in memory of. Fill out our online form to make a donation of this type or email us at

There are three easy ways to make a direct donation.

① To donate directly to FOTNF, fill out our online form.

② To donate through the PayPal Giving Fund, where Friends receive 100% of your donation, click the link.

③ To donate by mail, send a check to:

Friends of the Tonto National Forest
4022 E. Greenway Road, Suite 11-348
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Shopping has some hidden benefits!

Here is an easy way to support Friends that costs you nothing!

Fry’s Grocery Store

Register your Fry’s VIP grocery card with Fry’s Community Rewards Program. Then a percent of what you spend on groceries is donated to Friends.  Here’s a link to their website: Fry’s Community Rewards Program.

Log into your Fry’s VIP account anytime to see how much you have donated.

Employer Match Programs

Many companies encourage community involvement of their employees.  Check with your employer to see if they support volunteerism in their community.  This can take several forms. 

  • Some companies match employees’ time volunteering with a monetary donation to the nonprofit of their choice. 
  • Many companies match financial donations of their employees to nonprofits. 
  • Other companies will give employees time off to spend doing charitable work.