Specialty license plates raise almost $7M for Arizona charities

Mar 9, 2016, 7:40 AM
(ADOT)
(ADOT)

PHOENIX — Specialty license plates in Arizona did their jobs, raising more than $6.5 million for charity and nonprofits.

State transportation department officials said it issued nearly 390,000 specialty license plates in 2015.

The biggest seller was the Arizona Cardinals.

Motorists bought close to $1.1 million of plates dedicated to the NFL team, which made a strong run in the playoffs, reaching the conference title game before bowing out.

That money will go to Cardinals Charities, which supports women, children and minorities.

“Seeing so many vehicles on the road displaying their Cardinals plates is fantastic, and the display of support is incredibly gratifying,” Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said in a statement.

“But even more meaningful is knowing the type of impact that the project is having on Cardinals Charities and, in turn, so many worthy causes throughout the state.”

Specialty plates cost $25. A designated charity or nonprofit group receives $17. There are 60 specialty plates in the state.

The second-most popular specialty plate was for the Arizona Veterans’ Donation Fund. That plate raised over $1 million last year.

Freedom/Military Support was the third-most popular and raised about $520,000.

While most specialty plates benefit a charity or nonprofit, some don’t.

Exceptions include those for historic and classic vehicles and certain public services.

Specialty license plates are created by state law. Last summer, laws helped add plates designated for the Arizona Coyotes and the Marines.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Chandler Police Department Photo)...
KTAR.com

Chandler police ask for community help identifying public indecency, stalking suspect

Chandler police is asking for community assistance in identifying a suspect of public sexual indecency and felony stalking, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Associated Press

Arizona woman accused of fatally shooting husband, young son

A northern Arizona woman is facing federal charges in the shooting deaths of her husband and young son last week, according to authorities.
1 day ago
Mark Brnovich, a Republican, smiles as he talks with people on the floor of the Arizona House of Re...
Associated Press

Arizona announces $85M settlement with Google over user data

Arizona AG Mark Brnovich said his office reached an $85 million settlement with Google to resolve a lawsuit that accused the tech company of “surreptitiously” obtaining user data to sell advertisements.
1 day ago
(Arizona Humane Society Photo)...
Alex Weiner

139 rabbits rescued in Glendale, in need of foster homes

The Arizona Humane Society is in need of foster homes for 139 rescued rabbits that were hoarded in Glendale.
1 day ago
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward. (Brandon Bell/Getty Images, File)...
Associated Press

Jan. 6 committee attorney says Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward pleaded Fifth

Arizona GOP Chair Kelli Ward asserted her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a House Jan. 6 committee deposition, according to an attorney for the panel.
1 day ago
Canyon State Academy (Google Street View)...
KTAR.com

1 dead, 2 hospitalized after possible drug overdose at Queen Creek school

One student died and two others were hospitalized after a possible drug overdose Monday night at a residential school for at-risk boys in Queen Creek, authorities said.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Here are 4 signs the HVAC unit needs to be replaced

Pool renovations and kitchen upgrades may seem enticing, but at the forefront of these investments arguably should be what residents use the most. In a state where summertime is sweltering, access to a functioning HVAC unit can be critical.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
Specialty license plates raise almost $7M for Arizona charities