Giving Back

For Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC and its employees, giving back means many things. It means fiscal responsibility during turbulent times, generosity toward our community, and a willingness to step out into local neighborhoods to share our passion and enthusiasm. Below is a sample of our ongoing contributions:

Habitat For Humanity

We believe in giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. Employees and their friends, children, family members and neighbors have contributed to making the American dream a reality through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity.




Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship

After the passing of a much-loved former employee, Mike Kolling, Achen-Gardner teamed with his widow Jean to organize an annual Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament. This event is designed to bring together friends and peers of Mike Kolling to celebrate his life and to raise scholarship funds that will benefit local Construction and Engineering School students at Arizona State University, University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University. 




More information about the Mike Kolling Memorial Scholarship, which is distributed to students attending Arizona universities, is also available at the following websites: Arizona State University - Del E. Webb School of Construction, University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University.

Chandler Horizon Rotary Club Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout

Contribute to local charities/organizations and win great prizes at this annual event that Achen-Gardner companies have sponsored for the past 15 years at the San Marcos Golf Resort in Chandler. Every year, starting on President's Day, hundreds of participants attend this event and raise an average of $50,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, YMCA, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Chandler Christian Community Center, Hunger Plus, Gift of Life, and many more. Participants pay $1 per ball to try to make a 100-yard hole-in-one and a chance to win up to $1 million in cash or one of many great daily prizes. For more information visit the Chandler Horizon Rotary Club website.




Jen Hoffmann Memorial Golf Tournament

As founder of Team THRIVR, Jen organized the first tournament in 2007 to raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support the necessary research to find a cure for breast cancer. Jen fought this terrible disease with a passion until her passing in April 2009. Please join us as family and friends get together for a wonderful day of remembering Jen and continuing the fight. 




Community Outreach in Mesa

On February 27th, 2010, Achen-Gardner joined members of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Arizona Chapter to take part in the City of Mesa "Top 2 Bottom" beautification project. Dozens of Valley groups/organizations and approximately 1,500 volunteers from Mesa Council Districts 1, 3, and 5 participated in the event. There were a variety of projects completed all over the City of Mesa. Projects included painting, alley and park clean-ups, graffiti removal and yard work.





Supporting ICANICAN-Logo 

Achen-Gardner Construction, LLC donates time, money and supplies to ICAN, a Chandler-based organization that provides free, comprehensive programs that empower youth to be productive, self-confident, and responsible members of the community.

ICAN offers equal access and free programs to every kid who wants to participate – programs that are proven effective at preventing substance abuse, gang activity and other delinquency among youth…building social and academic success. Youth are four times more likely to engage in delinquent behavior if not involved in structured, supportive activities when they are out of school. Further, studies have shown that the annual cost of substance abuse to the nation is over $510 billon, and is among one of the most costly health problems our communities face.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration suggests that if effective prevention programs, like those offered by ICAN, were implemented nationwide, substance abuse initiation would decline for 1.5 million youth. Further, the Southwest Prevention Institute estimated that for every $1 invested in prevention programs, there is a $10 savings to the community in the need for future behavioral health and justice system costs.

ICAN is an investment in the future of our children and in the future of Chandler.

For more information visit the ICAN website.




Achen-Gardner has also given donations to the following:

100 Club of Arizona
A Stepping Stone Foundation
ACEC of Arizona
ADS Arizona Chapter
AGC Apprenticeship Trust Fund
Ahwatukee Foothills Pony Baseball
American Red Cross
Arizona Action
Arizona Employer’s Council, Inc.
Arizona Wado Karate
Associated General Contractors
ASU Foundation
Avondale Little League
Az Grid Iron & Cultural Exchange
Az Nat'l Livestock Show Inc
Basha Ladies Volleyball
Boy Scouts Troop 451
Boys & Girls Club of Casa Grande
Boys & Girls Club of Chandler
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
Boys Hope / Girls Hope
Breast Cancer 3-Day
Building Our Future
Chandler Education Foundation

Chandler High Band Boosters
Chandler Horizon Rotary Club
Del E Webb School of Construction
Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona
Doctors Without Borders USA
East Valley Marines
Food for the Hungry
Future City Competition
Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Gilbert Days Parade & Rodeo
Gilbert POP Warner
Glendale Salvation Army
Global Humanitarian
H.E.L.P. Foundation
Habitat for Humanity
Histiocytosis Association of America
Hospice of the Valley
Hotshots Softball of Arizona
Human Services Campus
Jeff Ferguson Medical Fund
Junior Achievement of Arizona
March of Dimes Walk America
Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band
Mesa Citizens for Responsible
Mesa Community Lacrosse Club
Mountain View Softball

New Mexico Salvation Army
North High Football
Optimum Outreach
Paz De Cristo
People to People International
Pinal Transportation 2025
Pioneer Day School
Red Mountain High School
Salvation Army
Scottsdale Fever Fast Pitch Softball
Season for Sharing
Seeds of Hope, Inc.
Seton Catholic H. School
Sky Kids
St. Timothy Catholic Academy
St. Vincent De Paul
Sunshine Acres Children's Home
Superstition Football
Susan G Komen for the Cure
Tempe Diablos' Charities
The American Cancer Society
McKenzie Monks Foundation
United Way
Valley of the Sun United Way
Valley of the Sun YMCA
YMCA Strong Kids Campaign


Special Recognition

Statues and certificates of appreciation for donations and miscellaneous achievements:

Achen-Gardner gave a donation and participated in the 2009 Gilbert Days Parade.




Achen-Gardner sponsors and helps to organize the annual Chandler Horizon Rotary Club Million Dollar Hole-In-One Shootout.