Sundt has always been a company that gives back—because we believe it’s the right thing to do.
In 1999, we formalized that longstanding tradition of volunteerism and giving by creating the Sundt Foundation, fully controlled by our employee-owners and dedicated to raising up the disadvantaged in our communities. Each year the foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants to a diverse array of charitable organizations. Click below to learn how to apply for a Sundt Foundation grant.
Employees in Action
Sundt has a proud history of our employee-owners volunteering to help those in need, with contributions organized not only through the Sundt Foundation but also at the grassroots level, across the company.
Since 1999, we’ve formally logged over 20,000 hours of employee volunteering and charitable activities, ranging from employee-owners helping with local food pantries and blood drives to participating in fundraising walks for heart disease, cancer research and other causes. But that number represents only a fraction of our actual volunteer contributions. Inherent to our culture of giving back, individual employees regularly organize informal teams for community service of all kinds–hours upon hours of giving back not formally logged through the Foundation’s record-keeping.
Like many foundations, we award grants based on applications from nonprofit organizations. But we also built into Sundt Foundation elements that set it apart from many corporate giving initiatives.
- First and foremost, our giving is purely philanthropic, with no consideration for how grants might advance Sundt Construction or our business relationships.
- Accordingly, Sundt Construction has no hand in grant awards – decisions made entirely by small, local committees of Sundt employee-owners.
- To date, the Sundt Foundation has awarded $11 million to nonprofits, primarily in the metropolitan areas of Tucson and Phoenix, AZ; Irvine, Sacramento and San Diego, CA; El Paso, Fort Worth and San Antonio, TX, and Salt Lake City, UT.
- Those gifts are fully matched by Sundt Construction, which also absorbs administrative costs so that 100 percent of contributions go to nonprofits.
- The Foundation is 50 percent funded by contributions from Sundt employee-owners – current and retired – who become members for as little as $4/month.
- All of our giving goes to communities where we work, and always to help disadvantaged people in those communities.
Building Hope to Cure ALS
Since 2001, the Sundt Foundation has presented a suite of sporting competitions across the Southwest to raise money 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.