Originally Published: December 18, 2016 6 a.m.
Ten years ago, when president 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 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. “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. We are also proud to have employees from Fann Environmental, our sister company, supporting the program through their ongoing participation.”
The pride is not unwarranted, for FEMAD distributed a total 2016 contribution of $39,150 among seven local nonprofit organizations – bringing the total of the ten year program to more than $423,000 gifted to area charitable groups.
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,” 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.
The local nonprofits being awarded FEMAD contributions this year are: Catholic Charities Community Services, CCJ (Coalition for Compassion and Justice), Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Stepping Stones, United Way of Yavapai County, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic, Inc. and YEI!/Prescott Charities.
“Each year we at Catholic Charities are staggered by the generosity of the employees at Fann,” stated Jean Littlehale, Sr. Programs Director of Catholic Charities Community Services. “Their donations… help us help our community’s most vulnerable. We’ve heard our families call it a miracle.”
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. Program 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.