OVERVIEW: This corporate funder supports programs for disadvantaged children and adults in Arizona, Texas, and California. It is the philanthropic arm of the Sundt construction company.
FUNDING AREAS: Disadvantaged children and adults
IP TAKE: Phoenix, Tucson, and Texas nonprofits have a good shot at funding with Sundt if their programs benefit disadvantaged residents in some way. Kids are a big focus with this funder.
PROFILE: Sundt is a construction company based in Tucson, Arizona, that specializes in heavy civil, federal, industrial, building, and concrete contracting. It prides itself on being a “different” kind of construction company: 100 percent employee-owned, collaborative, and innovative.
The Sundt Foundation was established in 1999 as the company's grantmaking arm. It is focused on the needs of disadvantaged adults and children and receives most of its funding through employee contributions that are matched by the company. The geographical focus of this funder is Arizona, Texas, and California. At the time this profile was written, the Sundt Foundation had awarded over $7 million to community groups in these three states.
Since a long-time Sundt employee named Mike Gaines lost his battle to ALS, the foundation has raised over $1.4 million for this disease through annual golf and skeet shooting tournaments. These tournaments take place in Tucson, Phoenix, San Antonio, San Diego, and Sacramento. Other local projects supported include Thirst Air, which provides water in the summer to Phoenix’s homeless population and fundraising events like Race for the Cure. You can read about local grantees in the foundation’s annual report.
The Sundt Foundation also has a grant making program, and gave $464,957 in grants in a recent year. Of this total, $282,800 went to groups in Phoenix, $68,000 to groups in Tucson, and $66,573 to groups in Texas. Most grants are between $1,000 and $5,000, though some go as high as $10,000.
For the best results, pitch a program that offers disadvantaged kids the opportunity to excel in school or that supports neonatal intensive care treatments for newborns. Sundt has also liked to support education for children with disabilities and care for burn victims.
The grant application is available online, and deadlines to apply are March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. The employees who work in cities where Sundt has a presence review grant applications and make recommendations to the board.
Although the company is headquartered in Tucson, the foundation is based in Tempe. The foundation is made up of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, executive director and several members-at-large and members of The Sundt Companies. For questions about applying for a grant, reach out to the foundation administrator at 855-714-4365 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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