Charitable Foundation

For 32 years, a Tucson-based Kiwanis Club sponsored a fall event raising in excess of $300,000 for Tucson charities. In 1994, when the club ceased to operate, C&W | PICOR formed the PICOR Charitable Foundation to enable this endeavor to continue for years to come. Through its signature October pancake breakfast event, the Foundation institutionalizes C&W | PICOR’s commitment to our community, focused on assisting disadvantaged children in Southern Arizona. An entirely employee-run effort, company members have raised over $750,000 since the Foundation’s inception. 100% of the proceeds are distributed to the selected organizations, with in-kind donations and C&W | PICOR corporate support covering all overhead costs.

Our goal is to reach out to those charities benefiting disadvantaged youth where our modest grants will make a significant difference. Often, these are programs and organizations who may receive less public support than their counterparts.  We are grateful for the continued support of the many individuals and businesses whose donations make this effort possible.

Beginning in 2013, we established a special STEM-focused grant in honor of Ken Nickel (1924-2013). Ken was a founding member of PICOR in 1985, as well as the hardest-working member of the Foundation board and pancake breakfast team in its early years.



Download a grant application in PDF format or Word 7.0 format for our next funding cycle. If you wish to apply for the Ken Nickel Memorial STEM Award, please write “STEM” on your application. You are welcome to apply for both traditional youth-serving grants and this special award if your program qualifies.


Read details about our current or most recent event, or why not make a deductible charitable contribution to benefit disadvantaged youth today?