November 28, 2016
November 4, 2016
Improving the places where we do business involves much more than the built environments we create. It also includes a longstanding commitment to helping the less fortunate through employee-owner and company support of the Sundt Foundation.
Earlier this month, we made top philanthropic company lists in Arizona released by Arizona Business Magazine and the Phoenix Business Journal. This past fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, employee-owner and matching company donations in the state added up to $317,300. The previous fiscal year’s total was $310,800.
Created in 1999, the Sundt Foundation has made more than $7.2 million in grants to community organizations and programs across the country that benefit disadvantaged children and adults.
October 24, 2016
The Sundt Foundation was formed in 1999 to give the company’s employee-owners opportunities to support the communities where they live and work. Over that time, the Foundation has made more than $7.2 million in grants to benefit nonprofits that assist disadvantaged children and adults. All of the Foundation’s expenses are absorbed by the company, ensuring that 100 percent of donations are given to deserving charities.
Longtime Sundt employee-owner Marian Enriquez, the company’s Corporate Director of Employee-Owner Experience and Diversity, is also Executive Director of the Foundation. She recently took a little time to explain the Foundation’s mission and the important role it plays in our company culture.
What was the impetus for the company starting the Sundt Foundation?
Former Sundt President/CEO J. Doug Pruitt spearheaded the creation of the Foundation inspired by Sundt’s community service culture, which is also one of our core values. Thanks to the contributions of employee-owners, during the past 17 years, the Sundt Foundation has reached numerous nonprofit organizations nationwide. These grants focus on disadvantaged children and adults, in line with our giving guidelines.
What does Sundt do to encourage employee-owners to participate?
The key to active employee-owner participation is to provide multiple opportunities for charitable activities.
Who decides which nonprofits get support?
The Foundation’s board of directors is made up of employee-owners who review and determine which nonprofits receive support based on recommendations from each corresponding local committee and for each main giving area. The Foundation makes more than $600,000 in grant awards each year. In order to see the effects of their generosity, employee-owners are encouraged to make check contributions in person to their local nonprofits each quarter.
What are some inspirational stories you can share about organizations the Foundation supports?
The Sundt Foundation’s water drive resonates more for me and it is probably because I live in the Phoenix valley where we have 113-plus degree weather. This Thirst-Aid water drive, in partnership with St. Joseph the Worker, generates approximately 200,000 bottles of water to the homeless in a given year. Lisa White, a Sundt employee-owner, has been doing a phenomenal job in taking the leadership in this cause. It is employee-owners such as Lisa who represent what Sundt is about.
The Arizona Heart Association Walk-A-Thon is another event that I’m quite passionate about, since heart disease accounts for more than 24 percent of deaths in the U.S and awareness is key to proactively addressing the symptoms that can save a life. I have also personally experienced the impact that heart disease can have in a family. Hence my goal is to be an advocate and help increase awareness. It is great that we are able to contribute to this important cause through our vehicle, the Sundt Foundation.
St. Vincent de Paul’s mission is another nonprofit that inspires me because of its diverse support of disadvantaged families nationwide. The Sundt Foundation has been actively supporting the organization through grants in addition to approximately 100 volunteer hours in a given year.
What does being Executive Director of the Foundation mean to you?
My role as the Sundt Foundation’s Executive Director has been a pivotal milestone in my career. Although, I’ve been a member of the Sundt Foundation for many years, these past three years have provided me with a closer view of how all employee-owner members are positively impacting the lives of many people through the Foundation.
I feel very proud to be part of a company that embraces serving the communities where we live and work. I work with a wonderful board of directors and local committee members who are also employee-owners and actively involved in various organizations nationwide. This has granted me with better appreciation of how these leaders at Sundt are helping us drive our mission and implementing ways to increase membership, which means more funds to help. It has also offered me an additional view of the opportunity and need that exists in our communities. It is a very humbling experience. It serves as a reminder for me about how fortunate we are to have access to simple things like clean water, food, and shelter and how we all have an opportunity to step up and help the less fortunate. I look forward to helping with the Sundt Foundation’s growth and success.
October 10, 2016
Our Thirst-Aid water drive helps the homeless in Phoenix.
Sundt does much more than construction. We also help build communities where we do business.
We are in the top 10 in both foundation and in-kind giving according to the latest Arizona Corporate Philanthropy lists compiled by The Phoenix Business Journal. In 2015, we made $458,000 in contributions in Arizona through our Sundt Foundation and $150,157 of in-kind donations, including tools, time, vehicle use and loaned office and meeting-room space for non-profits.
“We are honored to assist people in places where our employee-owners live and work,” said Sundt Foundation Executive Director Marian Enriquez. “Helping others is one of the bedrocks on which our company is built.”
Since its inception in 1999, the Sundt Foundation has made more than $7.2 million in grants to nonprofits that assist disadvantaged youth and adults. For more information on the Foundation, please take a look at last year’s annual report.
September 26, 2016
Sundt Project Director Chandra Reilly.
Part of Sundt’s group of impressive young talent, Project Director Chandra Reilly is a winner in Building Design+Construction’s 40 Under 40 competition.
Nominees were judged on leadership skills, inventiveness, sustained career progress, people skills, client relations, academic training, dedication, personal integrity, technical skills and community outreach/volunteer work.
“There is something very humbling about receiving recognition like this at a national scale from a well-respected publication,” Chandra said. “It certainly reinforces the responsibility I have to continue pushing myself to do great work and to bring my best self to the job every day. I work with some incredible people who make me look good just by being themselves, and for that I am always grateful.”
Chandra has been with Sundt since 2013 and is responsible for the development and leadership of our hospitality construction work. Her group is working on $250 million in hospitality projects, all of which is new since Chandra took on her current role.
She is an alumna of Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Global Business, a minor in Spanish and certificates in International Marketing and International Finance.
For the past 12 years, Chandra and her husband have supported Sojourner Center, an organization that works to keep women safe and provides them with opportunities to re-start their lives after leaving abusive situations. They make large donations of clothes, toys and children’s items as often as they can, along with annual monetary gifts. They have participated in community projects to fix up the Center’s campus and donated their professional time to help design and construct new facilities.
Chandra also participates in the Sundt Foundation, contributing via weekly paycheck deductions, and through volunteer work. She also takes part in the American Heart Association Heart Walk and Thirst-Aid bottled water drive to help the homeless in Phoenix.
The 40 Under 40 winners are appearing in Building Design+Construction’s October issue. Building Design+Construction is a trade publication and website that serves the needs of the non-residential construction industry.
The Sundt Foundation, in partnership with Payless ShoeSource in Tucson, helped kids take a step in the right direction by providing them with free footwear and socks last week.
The Foundation, which is funded by Sundt employee-owners and the company, made a $2,000 grant to the Educational Enrichment Foundation to hold a shoe-shopping party for Tucson Unified School District students. Eight volunteers from Sundt helped more than 100 in-need kids select and try on shoes. Payless offered the shoes at a discounted price and opened the store an hour early just for the children.
“There really is no other experience quite like it,” said Sundt Foundation Board Member Randy Rusing.
The Sundt Foundation helps underserved children and adults in places where our company does business. The organization has made more than $7.2 million in grants since it was formed in 1999.