BOOST! Prize Competition

Fann Contracting employee Erik Kohn (left); young girl at GoodTHREADS (right)

The BOOST! Prize Competition provides an incentive for companies to develop and execute innovative philanthropy initiatives.

Win a BOOST! for your corporate philanthropy program

The Arizona Community Foundation’s Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy's second BOOST! Prize competition is now accepting applications. The Center is offering up to two prizes of $40,000 each to recognize mid-size (100 to 750 employees), Arizona-based companies that are on their way to developing and executing innovative philanthropy initiatives, but need a BOOST! to further enhance, grow or scale their efforts.

Selections will be based on:

  • How the company’s philanthropy initiative is aligned with its core business.
  • How the company applies its resources to philanthropy, including employee time and skills, cash or in-kind product.
  • How company leadership is involved.
  • How the company supports philanthropy initiatives through its systems, incentives and policies.

A selection committee of community members and ACF staff will review applications and present their recommendations to the leadership of the Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy.

Application for the BOOST! Prize Competition

Eligible businesses can access the application beginning June 27, 2018. Completed applications are due on August 17, 2018. 

The winner(s) will be announced at the Phoenix Business Journal’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards event on October 25.

2017 BOOST! Winners

In early 2017, ACF's Pakis Center for Business Philanthropy announced Fann Contracting, Inc. and Goodmans Interior Structures as the two BOOST! Prize Winners.

Fann Contracting makes a difference with its corporate giving program

Fann Contracting, Inc., a Prescott-based highway and civil construction company, used the BOOST! Prize dollars to grow its corporate giving program Fann Employees Making a Difference (FEMAD).

Through employee engagement, matching gifts, and in-kind giving, FEMAD supports charities that provide assistance to adults with disabilities, individuals with health-related issues, and programs that relate to the development of children and healing for families in crisis.

For President Mike Fann and his son, Jason, who is part-owner, this program offers a way to proudly follows in his parents’ footsteps. By sharing what the company has learned along the way, he hopes to inspire other businesses to expand their own charitable leadership in the community.

Goodmans uses BOOST! to carry out its commitment to the community

Goodmans Interior Structures is a family-owned business known in Arizona and New Mexico for its customer-centered service, innovative office design, and commitment to the community. 

Goodmans used the BOOST! Prize dollars to enhance three of its many programs for giving back to the community. The prize supported GoodTHREADS, a clothing bank in Southern Arizona that collects and distributes clothing to foster, adoptive, and kinship families. The award also provided the AIM to Make a Difference program with a website portal for furniture repurposing that matches local nonprofits with surplus used office furniture. Finally, the BOOST! dollars contributed to Good Inc., an incubator that gives mission-aligned start-ups access to the Goodmans world-class work environment.

Goodman is an outspoken champion of using capitalism as a force for good and plans to use a portion of the prize money to encourage other leaders to do more.