OUR FOUNDER – HENRY J. FAISON (1934 – 2012)
Henry Faison graduated from Davidson College and the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. After completing business school, Faison began his extremely successful real estate business career in the 1960’s with the development of dozens of shopping centers and office buildings in the Southeast. He went on to become one of the pre-eminent real estate developers in the country. Not content with his own success, Faison took time to mentor and encourage others in real estate and similar business areas. He was a great proponent of the “American Dream” and worked tirelessly so that he and others could make sure that dream came true with hard work and perseverance.
Faison, a native son of Charlotte, was integral in the development of Charlotte into a “World Class City” and one of the nation’s most desirable places to live. Faison served as the chair of the two-state business committee for the NFL and subsequently helped bring the Carolina Panthers to Charlotte. Faison loved to help others succeed. He served on the Board of Trustees for both the International Council of Shopping Centers and the Urban Land Institute along with other non-industry organizations which included Mercy Hospital, the Charlotte Chamber Board of Advisors, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business and as the chairman for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.
Whatever Faison did, he engaged with energy, passion, focus and conviction. He was humble, generous, unpretentious and cared deeply for other people. He asked simply “Where can I help?” and took that task in hand. He expected no less from others and so was a model for all who wished to follow in his footsteps.
THE LEGACY OF PHILANTHROPY AND GENEROSITY CONTINUES
Henry Faison was not only generous with his time and training but also his money and desire to help. Henry was a very strategic donor to many Charlotte-area nonprofits and other locations where he or Faison Enterprises had interests for decades. His giving was often anonymous but always focused.
The Board and company leadership set a goal to continue this community giving as another way to honor Henry Faison and his legacy of philanthropy and generosity.
With this goal, in 2015 Faison Enterprises hired a Director of Charitable Giving to develop a short-term and long-term plan for Faison Enterprises to help reach these goals and began to accomplish this in several ways:
- First, employees were encouraged to give at the level they could afford and the company matched each employee gift.
- Additional grants were awarded by Faison Enterprises to 10 programs and organizations.
This allows Faison Enterprises to continue Henry Faison’s long history of giving and also helps promote the importance of philanthropy.