Originally Published: December 21, 2009 10:26 p.m.
PRESCOTT - Four years ago, when Mike Fann kicked off Fann Contracting, Inc.'s new charitable giving program, Fann Employees Making A Difference (FEMAD), his goal was simply to encourage his employees to join him in giving back to the community.
Fann has good reason to be proud of his employees, as FEMAD will distribute a total 2009 contribution of $42,062 among seven local nonprofit organizations - bringing the total of the four-year program to more than $160,000 gifted to area charitable groups through FEMAD.
Fann said the year has been difficult on the non-profits in the community and he hopes more businesses can reach out this coming year.
Each year, the Charitable Contributions Committee at Fann helps determine the charities that will receive money the employees raise.
Local nonprofits being awarded 2009 FEMAD contributions are:
Catholic Charities, which provides family, marital and individual counseling and emergency aid;
Northland Cares, working to improve the lives of those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS virus;
Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, which promotes programs to ensure that all children grow up in safe, healthy environments;
Stepping Stones, a 24-hour shelter and support resource for women and children in crisis;
United Way of Yavapai County, serving seniors and the disabled, families and youth in crisis, the homeless and the working poor;
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Inc., a community health center providing addiction treatment for adults; and,
YEI!/Prescott Charities, where disabled Prescott-area adults receive job training, employment and support.
Mayra Enriquez, Stepping Stones Community Outreach & Education Director, was overwhelmed with the $10,000 check her organization received.
Every employee who signs up to join FEMAD selects the total amount that he or she wants to give, and can choose either weekly payroll deductions or a one-time deduction from a single paycheck on an employee-specified date. FEMAD participants also determine how their individual contributions are disbursed. An employee can choose to give that donation to just one charity, or split the total among several or all seven nonprofits on the list.
Fann Contracting, Inc. and FEMAD, its affiliate employee charitable contributions program, actively support local 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in an effort to make a difference to Prescott and surrounding communities in Yavapai County.
Business owners who want to learn more about how to establish a program like FEMAD may contact Kerri Vaughn at 778-0170.