Originally Published: January 8, 2013 9:50 p.m.
Seven years ago, when president Mike Fann kicked off Fann Contracting Inc.'s charitable giving program, Fann Employees Making A Difference (FEMAD), his goal was simply to encourage his employees to join him in giving back to our local communities.
"When we developed this companywide initiative, we knew it would be rewarding for our employees to participate in," said Fann, who matches every employee contribution dollar for dollar. "This year in particular has been very hard on many of our employees, with cutbacks and less projects to go around. But I am truly amazed at how successful they've made this program, even in this down year. It really is heartwarming and I am very impressed."
Fann has good reason to be proud of his employees, as FEMAD will distribute a total 2012 contribution of $38,792 among seven local nonprofit organizations - bringing the total of the seven-year program to more than $265,474 gifted to area charitable groups through FEMAD.
Fann commented on how the year has been difficult on the non-profits in our community and how he hopes more businesses can reach out this coming year to help. "We'd be happy to show any business owner how to develop a program like ours. It's really not hard to implement - and most importantly, it works and is cost-effective."
Each year, the Charitable Contributions Committee at Fann helps determine the charities that will receive funds raised. Local nonprofits being awarded 2012 FEMAD contributions are Catholic Charities, which provides family, marital and individual counseling and emergency aid; Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, which promotes programs to ensure that all children grow up in safe, healthy environments; Coalition for Compassion & Justice (CCJ), which provides vital services, education and advocacy for those living in poverty; 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.
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. FEMAD participants even 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.
Business owners who want to learn more about how to establish a program like FEMAD can contact Kerri Vaughn at 928-778-0170.