Eleven 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 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 nonprofits 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 2017 contribution of $41,466 among seven local nonprofit organizations — bringing the total of the 11-year program to more than $464,000 gifted to area charitable groups through FEMAD.

Fann said the year has been difficult on the local nonprofits and 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.”

Local nonprofits being awarded 2017 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 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.

“This program helps us to buy supplies and improve our properties that house many of our employees. If there was a road to heaven that needed paving, it would be done by Fann Contracting. Their giving back to this community is just amazing,” stated Sandi Flores, director of Catholic Charities.

Business owners who want to learn more about the program, may contact Kerri Vaughn at 928-778-0170.