About Urban Arizona

Making A Difference In The Arizona Community
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Urban Arizona is a grassroots philanthropic and media collective dedicated to enriching the Arizona community through philanthropy and media. It oversees The Urban AZ Foundation and UAZ Children’s Foundation, both registered as 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Urban AZ Foundation is 1 of the 5% of the non-profit organization that is classified as a Qualified Charitable Organization by the Arizona Government. UAZF focuses primarily on low-income and individuals with a chronic illness (i.e. cancer). 

UAZ Children’s Foundation is one of the 0.04% of charities in Arizona that is classified as a a Qualified Foster Care Organization by the Arizona Government. UAZCF focuses primarily on providing services to individuals that are 17 and younger. 

Being a QCO & QFCO enables Urban Arizona to give donors in Arizona a refund of their donation in the form of a tax credit of up to $1,057 total for single individuals and $2,111 for married couples. 

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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide tailored financial support and essential resources to empower a diverse range of communities and individuals as they navigate their unique challenges.

Our primary beneficiaries include cancer patients, who often grapple with both health-related difficulties and financial struggles, low-income families striving to make ends meet, foster children in search of stable and nurturing environments, the homeless population in desperate need of aid, and numerous other diverse demographic groups requiring assistance in various forms.

Our Team

Derek Ware Jr.

Derek Ware Jr.


Derek Ware Jr produced over 50+ live concerts around the valley under the original Urban AZ brand. After witnessing the hardships the COVID-19 pandemic caused, Derek decided to focus on giving back to the Arizona community and providing aid to individuals in need.

Derek Ware Jr created Urban Arizona and is focusing on scaling the organization.