For more than 75 years, Fannie Mae has been helping people and communities. Through our Serving, Engaged, and Ready to Volunteer Employees (SERVE) initiative, we’re helping to support America’s communities and working with nonprofit partners to solve some of our nation’s most pressing social issues.
Every year, thousands of Fannie Mae employees are called to SERVE. Whether it’s through employee volunteering, charitable giving, matching donations, or strategic relationships with non-profit organizations, we’re committed to paying it forward and helping communities overcome barriers.
7 Days to SERVE
Every year, volunteerism takes center stage during 7 Days to SERVE - our signature week of service event. During the week, we offer employees the opportunity to volunteer with nonprofit partners either individually or as a part of their team. We offer a full spectrum of volunteer projects to support the efforts of our local community partners – from hands-on projects such as revitalizing homes, preparing meals and cleaning up neighborhood resources, to skills-based projects such as mentoring students and teaching financial literacy.
Get on Board
Our nonprofit partners are working hard to make a difference. But they need energetic, talented, and qualified leaders to help them achieve their missions and goals. Get on Board is a special training opportunity designed especially for Fannie Mae employees interested in nonprofit board service. Framed for both newcomers to board service and those who currently serve on a board and want to more fully understand their responsibilities as a board members, the training examines best practices among the various elements of well-run nonprofit organizations.
Through engaging presentations from nonprofit experts and panel discussions with Fannie Mae employees who currently serve on boards, participants learn a board member’s responsibilities and how these responsibilities relate to others within the nonprofit organization, its mission and goals.
Help the Homeless
Since its inception in 1988, Fannie Mae’s HTH program has raised more than $100 million for nonprofit beneficiaries.
Today, through the program, employees develop “FUN-raisers” to support the efforts of nonprofits that are dedicated to supporting our homeless neighbors and creating programs to prevent and end homelessness in America. For Taiowa Ascasio – HTH team leader in Irvine, CA – that included making blankets for children in need and making bibs and infant clothing for new mothers who were homeless and learning to become self-sufficient.
“Most people have no idea what an amazing effect they can have on just one person,” she says. “We all have the ability to change someone’s life with nothing else but our time, and that is the most powerful reward you can get out of volunteering.”
Matching Gifts Employees
Workplace giving and matching boosts employee engagement by empowering our people to support causes in their community that matter to them with easy, open-choice online giving and gift matching. Through our Matching Gifts Program, employees can double their charitable contributions to organizations they personally care about and support – and we are honoring our commitment to support our employees’ efforts to pay it forward.
We don’t just say we value our people and our communities. We mean it. To underscore the point, Fannie Mae allocates 10 hours a month for employees to volunteer for nonprofit organizations. Our primary focus is on housing-related issues that support our business and corporate vision. But, Fannie Mae employees take part in a wide range of efforts, supporting communities and community-based organizations through volunteering and/or charitable giving.
Statement Regarding Grants
On Sept. 13, 2013, Fannie Mae announced the conclusion of its grant-making program. While we no longer provide grants, we remain strongly committed to serving our communities through employee volunteerism and giving efforts.