Sundt Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Sundt Foundation is a 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: Established in 1999, the Sundt Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Sundt company. 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 foundation 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.

Since a long-time Sundt employee named Mike Gaines lost his battle to ALS, the foundation has raised over $1.9 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. 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.

Most grants are between $1,000 and $5,000, though some are as large as $10,000. Read about local grantees in the foundation’s annual report. The geographical focus of this funder is Arizona, Texas, and California. Cities in focus are Tucson, Phoenix, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Antonio.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. 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. For questions about applying for a grant, reach out to the foundation administrator at 855-714-4365 or at


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