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Fann employees support local nonprofits with $34.5K donation

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The Fann Employees Making A Difference program raised nearly $34,500 to give to seven local charities this year, and has generated $226,000 in donations in the six years since its inception.

Courtesy photo<br> The Fann Employees Making A Difference program raised nearly $34,500 to give to seven local charities this year, and has generated $226,000 in donations in the six years since its inception.

For the sixth consecutive year, Mike Fann and his employees are giving a helping hand to some appreciative nonprofits.

Fann, owner of the contracting firm with his family's name, recently announced the charitable arm of his company is donating thousands of dollars to seven local charities.

Fann Employees Making A Difference is donating nearly $34,500 to Catholic Charities, Northland Cares, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona, Stepping Stones, United Way of Yavapai County, the West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and Yavapai Exceptional Industries/Prescott Charities.

"It means everything," Fann said. "It gets everybody involved, and it's a feel-good for all of us."

In a news release, Fann expressed his gratitude for his employees' contributions in the face of a difficult year with cutbacks and fewer projects to work on.

"I am truly amazed at how successful they've made this program, even in this down year," he said. "It really is heartwarming and I am very impressed."

More than $226,000 went to local charities since Fann began the program six years ago, and he matches every dollar his employees donate.

Employees select the amount they want to donate and choose a weekly payroll deduction or a one-time deduction from a paycheck on a specific date.

Fann's Charitable Contributions Committee helps to determine which charities get a portion of the donations. The charities help a variety of people ranging from those seeking emergency aid and counseling to improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and providing shelter and support for women and children in crisis.

Brad Newman, executive director at Yavapai Exceptional Industries/Prescott Charities, said they're getting about $4,800 split between the two nonprofits.

Newman praised Fann and his employees for their generosity to the community.

"It means a lot to us at YEI," he said. "Their gift is very, very significant to us."

Sally Jackson, outreach coordinator for Stepping Stones, said the roughly $7,000 check is a huge boost considering the dip in donations.

"We are not funded by tax dollars, and we've seen a dramatic decline in the assistance," she said in the release. "This is a true blessing. We're so grateful to the Fann employees. They're a wonderful example."

Fann said he hopes more businesses will help these groups in 2012, and he's willing to show business owners how to start a similar program of their own.

"It's really not hard to implement and, most importantly, it works and is cost-effective."

For information on creating a similar program, call Kerri Vaughn at 778-0170.

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