Community Investment and Engagement

Community Investment and Engagement

Fannie Mae's Community Investment and Engagement organization is responsible for the company's grant program, initiatives to combat homelessness, and employee volunteerism. We focus our investments on housing-related needs.

Community Investments

A Statement for Our Grant Partners and the Community - September 13, 2013

For many years, Fannie Mae has awarded grants to non-profit organizations whose missions are aligned with the company’s priorities, including foreclosure prevention, neighborhood stabilization, affordable housing preservation/development, and homelessness. Fannie Mae will conclude its grant-making program in 2013. Given the nature of conservatorship, FHFA directed the company to substantially reduce funding for grants over the past few years and eliminate the program at the end of this year.

Please note that Fannie Mae will no longer invite organizations to submit funding requests for new programs or projects. However, we will continue to accept applications from our nonprofit partners that have been invited to participate in the 2013 grant cycle. We will maintain the rigorous oversight of our existing grants through audit controls and the disclosure of quarterly updates on our website.

While we will no longer be able to provide grants, we continue our focus on supporting the housing recovery and contributing to a sustainable housing finance system. And, we remain strongly committed to serving in the communities where we live and work, through employee volunteerism.

Help the Homeless (HTH)

We are extremely thankful for our HTH partners and supporters, and very proud that more than $100 million has been provided to our HTH beneficiaries through community registrations, donations, sponsorships, incentive grants and Fannie Mae employee fundraising since the program began 26 years ago.

As of January 1, 2014, Fannie Mae will no longer offer the HTH community walk/event fundraising model in the Washington, DC Metro area or our five other regions (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Pasadena and Philadelphia). While we are no longer able to provide the HTH model, we will remain strongly committed to the issue of homelessness and contributing to a sustainable housing finance system in America.

In the year ahead, the HTH program will transition to an employee program focused on volunteerism. Committees from each regional Fannie Mae office have selected local homeless service providers as their official HTH partners, and will support them throughout the year with employee volunteerism and fundraising.

Although we have already identified our HTH partners for 2014, we welcome general requests for volunteers at homeless services organization that are located in one of Fannie Mae’s six regions (listed above). Please email Help the Homeless Program and provide a brief overview of the organization’s mission, its website address, a list of potential volunteer opportunities for Fannie Mae employees, and a point of contact’s name, phone number and email address.

Employee Volunteerism and Engagement

Our commitment to making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work is reflected in our mission, our people, and our long-standing spirit of volunteerism and community support.

Our employee volunteer efforts are aligned with and deepen the impact of Fannie Mae's business while helping to build and strengthen relationships with the communities we serve. In 2012, more than 2,000 Fannie Mae employees volunteered approximately 24,000 hours on a wide range of projects and initiatives to benefit 261 local community organizations.

Our 7 Days to SERVE program is a concentrated week of community service activities. Fannie Mae employees volunteer for hands-on projects and skills-based activities that support our nonprofit partners whose services address housing-related issues, homelessness, and building stronger communities.