Making A Difference, Prescott-Style: Fann Employees Give Back

16 December 2016   Kerri Vaughn

FEMAD awards over $38K to local nonprofits

Prescott, AZ: 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. I feel blessed to be a part of such an amazing group of people who really care about our community and give back to those who are less fortunate.” We are also proud to have employees from Fann Environmental, our sister company, supporting the program through their ongoing participation.

Fann has good reason to be proud of his employees, as 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 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 2016 FEMAD contributions are: Catholic Charities Community Services, 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, 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.

“Each year we at Catholic Charities are staggered by the generosity of the employees at Fann for their generosity. Their donations, matched by Mike and his family, help us help our community’s most vulnerable. By taking down barriers for those working hard and not quite making it because sometimes it just takes a little bit of help maybe with utility a payment, car repairs or new tires or a rental deposit to bridge the gap so a family can succeed—we’ve heard our families call it a miracle. Fann Contracting and Fann Environmental employees are making miracles happen,” stated Jean Littlehale, Sr. Programs Director of Catholic Charities Community Services.

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.

Fann Contracting, Inc., Fann Environmental, LLC 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 928-778-0170.

Photo: L to R Front Row: Cori Burke, Stepping Stones Agencies; Laura Norman, West Yavapai Guidance Clinic; Gail Haugland, Coalition for Compassion & Justice; Jean Littlehale, Catholic Charities; Kerri Vaughn, Fann Contracting; Missy Sikora, Yavapai Family Advocacy Center; Brad Newman, YEI!/Prescott Charities. L to R Back Row: Annette Olson, United Way of Yavapai County; Ginger Johnson, Stepping Stones Agencies; Mike Fann, Fann Contracting; Rebecca Ruffner, Prevent Child Abuse Arizona; Jason Fann, Fann Contracting.