Kitchell awards $275,000 in grants to nonprofits in Arizona, California and Texas

Members of our Sacramento team awarded grants at an office reception.

In an effort to connect with the communities where we live and work at a very grassroots level, the Kitchell Foundation recently awarded $275,000 in grants to 75 nonprofits in communities where our employee-owners live and work.

After reviewing more than 100 applications from nonprofit organizations in all our markets, regional committees comprised of employee-owners from our operating companies made recommendations for grant awards ranging from $300 to $7,500. The applying organizations are located in communities where Kitchell employees work and live in Arizona, California and Texas, and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Strengthen the social, economic & educational infrastructure of our communities
  • Serve the needs of unique and diverse populations, including women, minorities and disadvantaged groups
  • Focus on youth/education, diversity, environmental/animal welfare

The intent was to award grants where we knew the money could be put to the best use based on the mission of the organization and the metrics that were outlined to measure the impact of our gift.

“This process opened our eyes and hearts to the need in our local communities and although the process required difficult decisions and deep analysis of the best use of our Foundation dollars, it is gratifying to know that we have expanded our reach and continue to make a difference in our local communities,” said Kitchell President & CEO Wendy Cohen.

The Kitchell Foundation is administered by the Arizona Community Foundation and funded by contributions from Kitchell and its employee-owners. Visit this link to learn more about the Kitchell Foundation.

Kitchell Employee-Owner ambassadors presenting grants to some of the recipients

The following organizations received grants:

19North AZ
4×5 Program AZ
Assistance League of Phoenix AZ
Atelotorque AZ
AZ Association for Foster & Adoptive Parents AZ
AZ Reach AZ
Coach Mike Football Foundation AZ
Desert Thunder Elementary School PTO AZ
Florence Crittenton AZ
Friends of Ohana AZ
Ground Work AZ
Harvest Compassion AZ
HonorHealth Foundation – Desert Mission AZ
Live Love Community AZ
Lung Transplant Support Organization AZ
Maggie’s Place AZ
Mission 228 AZ
The Be Kind People Project AZ
The Singletons AZ
U.S. VETS – Phoenix AZ
Veterans Breakthrough AZ
Tucson Mountaineers 4H Club AZ (Tucson)
Berkeley Humane Bay Area
Chavez Family Vision Bay Area
Dorothy’s Place Bay Area
Girl Stem Stars Bay Area
Golden Gate Audubon Bay Area
Lindsay Wildlife Experience Bay Area
Moms Against Poverty Bay Area
Oakland Zoo Bay Area
Ruby’s Place Bay Area
Spark SF Public Schools Bay Area
Together in Pajaro Bay Area
Breaking the Chains Central Valley
El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO) Central Valley
Fresno Mission Central Valley
Hope Sanger Central Valley
Lumina Alliance SLO Central Valley
Madera Rescue Central Valley
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – Sacramento Sacramento
Compassion Planet Sacramento
FosterHope Sacramento Sacramento
Greater Sacramento Urban League Sacramento
Hearts for Paws Rescue Sacramento
Her Health First Sacramento
La Familia Counseling Sacramento
My Sister’s House Sacramento
River City Food Bank Sacramento
Roberts Family Development Center Sacramento
Sacramento Youth Center Sacramento
Sacramento Zoological Society Sacramento
Sierra Service Project Sacramento
Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center Sacramento
Ybuild Sacramento
American Heart Association SoCal
Camarena Foundation SoCal
Jacobs & Cushman SD Food Bank SoCal
Ronald McDonald House Charities SoCal
San Diego Blood Bank SoCal
San Diego Habitat for Humanity SoCal
Shoreline Community Services SoCal
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center SoCal
Support the Enlisted Project SoCal
Camp Quality Texas TX
Family Promise TX
Hutto Education Foundation TX
Leander Education Excellence Foundation TX
Liberty Hill ISD Education Foundation TX
Lifeworks Austin TX
Pflugerville Education Foundation TX
Ronald McDonald House Charities TX
RRISD Partners in Education Foundation TX
We’ll Get This TX

Kitchell finalist for Corporate Philanthropy award

Kitchell was named one of three Community Impact finalists in the mid-size companies category as part of the Phoenix Business Journal‘s Corporate Philanthropy Awards.

Excerpted from The Business Journal:

What is the driving factor behind your corporate philanthropy? Our employee-owners are the heart and soul of our company, and they drive our community engagement while fulfilling our corporate mission,“Together, building value every day”. Our people take great pride in fulfilling our mission by building value in not only the physical structures we create, but also building value in our communities.

How do you inspire employees to be involved in your corporate mission? Our corporate mission and purpose, “Together, building value every day.”is our mantra. We are bound together by this purpose and passionate about the flexibility of it. While the “value” might change in this phrase, we are builders at our core.

What is a signature program that shows how your company conducts philanthropy? We recently rolled out our inaugural “Founder’s Day,” recognizing the spirit of service and philanthropic legacy of Founder Sam Kitchell. We charged employees, teams, jobs sites and offices with facilitating community engagement projects and committed to donating $25 per employee per hour to the nonprofits where they dedicated their time. The activities were all timed to coincide with the anniversary of Kitchell’s passing and National Day of Service and Remembrance on Sept. 11. The tangible results of this effort were 1,012 hours donated by 255 employees (some with friends and family members), and more than $17,000 in contributions to nonprofits in Arizona, California, Washington and Texas.

How do you decide what philanthropic efforts to be involved with? We have some organizations that are supported on a corporate level, but for the most part our employee-owners drive the efforts we support through their passion, advocacy and business networks. Our philanthropy is geographically representative of our locations.

How much in terms of money and volunteer hours did you give during the past year? Our total nonprofit giving as a company for the 12 months ending June 30 was $977,314. Of that, nearly $800,000 benefited nonprofit organizations in Arizona. We do not record all volunteer hours, but those who do report their time totaled 1,612 hours in that time period through June 30.

What are the benefits you’ve seen in your office from corporate philanthropy? Organizations want to work with companies that are good stewards of the community. They want to see companies that get deeply involved in causes that are important to them. Similarly, today’s new generation of workers is attracted to workplaces that encourage and reward community involvement.

What is better to give: money, time or both? Why? Both time and money are important, and neither can survive without the other. Fortunately our state leaders have created incentives for companies to be able to contribute to worthwhile causes and often receive dollar-for-dollar tax credit. And charitable organizations – especially here in the Valley – have made volunteer recruitment much easier. Several nonprofits outline specific tasks for teams of people to accomplish in one or two hours.

How do you measure the impact of your corporate giving efforts? Several ways:

  • Hours contributed – more than 1,200 hours so far in 2018
  • Dollars contributed – not only our corporate donations but the amount of money employees give through our 50 percent match program
  • Informal feedback/comments
  • New work – when we do good, we get work. It’s as simple as that
  • Attrition – our younger employees value the work we do in the community and as we publicize this work internally and through social media channels, our culture improves and retention rates increase.