Giving back to our communities is a part of who we are.
Since its founding in 1999, the Sundt Foundation has reflected our employee-owners’ passion for giving back to the places where we live and work. Each year, the foundation awards approximately $1 million in grants to a diverse array of charitable organizations in Arizona, Texas, California and Utah, most of which focus on helping disadvantaged children.
GIVING BACK THROUGH QUARTERLY GRANTS
The Sundt Foundation is 50-percent funded by contributions from Sundt employee-owners. Every dollar is matched by the company and then distributed through quarterly grants to qualified 501c3 nonprofits in our nine giving areas: Tempe/Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, North Texas, San Antonio, Sacramento, Irvine, San Diego and Salt Lake City. Local committees of employee-owners decide which organizations to fund in each of our giving areas, ensuring we support causes they feel most passionate about. The Foundation considers a broad range of social issues but gives special focus to under-served children and teens, domestic violence victims, and military veterans and their families. The deadlines to apply for grants are March 15, June 15, September 15 and December 15.
DISASTER RELIEF DONATIONS to rebuild our communities
Every so often, our communities face grave challenges from unforeseen events such as hurricanes, wildfires or the COVID-19 pandemic. To help our neighbors in need, the Sundt Foundation gives emergency and disaster relief grants on a discretionary basis to organizations at the front lines of these crises. In May 2020 as families struggled with the immediate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sundt Foundation distributed $200,000 across all of our giving areas to support community food banks, domestic violence shelters and front-line healthcare workers. After the mass shooting in El Paso in 2019, the Foundation gave $10,000 to a victims fund. These funds as well as our employee-owners’ individual volunteer efforts have made a tremendous impact to protect, nourish, heal and rebuild several communities.
building hope to cure als
Since 2001, the Sundt Foundation has hosted a suite of sporting competitions across the Southwest to raise money for ALS research in honor of Mike Gaines. Mike was a member of the Sundt family for two decades before losing his life to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Mike and the Sundt Foundation worked together to create this special philanthropy. To date, the Mike Gaines Charitable Fundraising Events initiative has raised over $2 million. All profits are donated to the ALS Association and Muscular Dystrophy Association to help eradicate the disease.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
APPLY FOR A GRANT
All recognized 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the Foundation’s giving guidelines may apply
Visit our grant application platform and click the “sign up” button in the upper right corner to get started.