This James Reynolds painting is one of several western-themed pieces auctioned to create five special Sundt Foundation grants to benefit the Tucson community.
Sundt employees are extremely committed to our nonprofit, the Sundt Foundation, which has awarded more than $4.5 million in donations since its founding in 1999. In light of the companywide enthusiasm for giving back to the communities in which we work, we are especially proud to announce that the Foundation recently raised more than $50,000 through an art auction to fund five special grants for organizations in the Tucson area.
By auctioning the western-themed artwork from our former Sundt Tucson office that wasn’t a fit with our new building’s contemporary design, we were able to award $10,000 grants to each of these local organizations: The American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter, Candlelighters Child Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona, El Rio Community Health Center, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and the University Medical Center Foundation.
We’re also very excited to know how some of these grants will be used to impact lives:
- El Rio Community Health Care Center wrote to tell us that its team members were surprised and overjoyed by the fact the grant is three times the amount they requested. The funds will be used to support the center’s children’s immunization, asthma and dental programs.
- Rather than buying food, the Community Food Bank let us know it is allocating this grant money to pay for four or five semis to truck in a recent donation of 120,000 to 150,000 pounds of high-quality nutritious produce for low-income families.
- Candlelighters Child Cancer Foundation of Southern Arizona says it will use the money to rent a better facility for its 2012 summer camp for kids with cancer. The team had been scouting location options to replace the DIY setup of years past, and noted this well-timed grant is exactly what is needed to help it rent a new space!
You can learn more about these special grants here.
Each quarter, the Sundt Foundation convenes to review and approve grants that support nonprofits in the various communities where Sundt Construction, Inc. has offices and projects. This past quarter, the Foundation awarded 47 grants and a total of $132,000 to local organizations in Phoenix, Tucson, Sacramento, San Antonio and San Diego.
Established in 1999 by Sundt to give employees a means of giving back to the communities where they live and work, the Sundt Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that offers financial support to various local organizations whose missions are to solve problems and improve lives. While there are many pressing social issues in every community, our Foundation focuses specifically on serving the needs of disadvantaged children and adults.
On Sept. 30, 2011, Sundt’s CEO and Chairman J. Doug Pruitt will retire after 45 years with the construction company. At that time he will also step down from the Foundation’s board of directors, a position he has held since its inception. In a recent interview about his lengthy construction career, he was asked what achievements ranked among his proudest, to which he responded: participating in the creation of the Sundt Foundation.
“I would have to say that I’m extremely proud of the Sundt Foundation… The Sundt family had a long history of contributing to our society in many ways, but we hadn’t created an environment that encouraged our employees to get involved in charitable giving and volunteerism. The Sundt Foundation has given them that opportunity. They have really risen to the occasion and have donated more than $4 million to charities. They have also volunteered thousands of hours helping charities like Sojourner Center, Crisis Nursery and others with building or renovating their facilities. Companies and their employees have a responsibility to give back to the community. I’m extremely proud of the employees of Sundt for what they have done.” – J. Doug Pruitt, interview with AZRE Magazine. (Read the interview here.)
Sundt Construction employees build communities in more ways than one – through construction projects, but also through their support of community organizations by way of their own nonprofit entity, the Sundt Foundation. In addition to the financial contributions employees make to the Sundt Foundation, many staff also volunteer their time and talent.
Last weekend, members of the San Antonio branch of the Sundt Foundation volunteered to build handicap ramps to benefit the San Antonio STAR Soccer Complex and Morgan’s Wonderland parks. The San Antonio team members constructed ramps for two full-size portable classrooms at the STAR Soccer Complex. The portables will be used for storage of grounds and maintenance equipment of both parks. The ramps were built in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.