Originally Published: December 20, 2015 6:40 p.m.
Ten years ago, when the president of Fann Contracting, Mike Fann, kicked off the company'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 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. "It truly is amazing, year after year, how the Fann employees have stepped up to help some of the best non-profits in the community."
Fann Environmental, Fann Contracting's sister company, has also been participating in the program.
In 2015 alone, FEMAD distributed a total contribution of $46,899 among seven local nonprofit organizations - bringing the total of the ten-year program to approximately $384,000 gifted to area charitable groups through FEMAD.
Fann commented on how the year has been difficult on the nonprofits 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," Fann said. "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 2015 FEMAD contributions are: Catholic Charities, which provides family, marital and individual counseling and emergency aid; CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice) which provides vital services, education and advocacy for those who living in poverty; 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, which provides programs based on solid ground in the foundation areas of health, education and income; 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.
"The FEMAD program is an amazing example of how companies can get their employees involved in charitable action," said Paul Mitchell, Executive Director of CCJ. "We are most grateful to be included in their choice of giving and it helps us to spend less time fundraising and more time focusing on helping less fortunate folks in our community."
Every employee who signs up to join FEMAD selects the contribution amount that he or she wants to give, and can choose either weekly payroll deductions or a one-time deduction from a single paycheck. 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 may contact Kerri Vaughn at 928-778-0170.