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Adopt-A-Teacher program

Sharing success with educators throughout Arizona!

The application period for the 2024 Adopt-A-Teacher program will open in August 2024.

What we award

Arizona Teachers
Up to $3,000 for classroom supplies each
$150,000 total since Adopt-A-Teacher began in 2020

About the Adopt-A-Teacher program


Desert Financial was founded in 1939 by a group of educators who believed in sharing success with the community. One way we continue to share success is by giving back to Arizona teachers! We recognize the hard work of our educators by giving them the opportunity to be part of our annual Adopt-A-Teacher program.1  

We’re adopting teachers from all over the state in the fall this year. Any teacher in Arizona can apply! Each selected teacher provides a wish list of classroom supplies and essentials valued at up to $3,000 total. We fulfill each of their wish lists as our way of showing appreciation for their efforts in the classroom and beyond.  

Adopt-A-Teacher application process

Step 1
Fill out the application.  Make sure you’re able to complete the application in one sitting. Information on partially completed applications won’t be saved.
Step 2
Your application will be reviewed by Desert Financial.
Step 3
If your application is chosen for the Adopt-A-Teacher Program, you will be notified via email.

What 2023 adopted teachers had to say

"I am so excited to be able to purchase things for my 5th- and 6th-graders for science! My hope is that I can provide my students with valuable learning experiences that they will remember later in life."
Jamy M. | 5th- and 6th-grade teacher at Humboldt Elementary School



Selection of the recipient teacher is at the sole discretion of Desert Financial. Desert Financial will work with the teachers selected to provide supplies for use in the classroom. Recipients are responsible for determining and complying with any applicable tax obligations. See Official Rules for more details. 

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