Jan. 16, 2018 – Duke Energy is powering its communities with more than electricity. In 2017, the company invested more than $5 million in Sunshine State nonprofit organizations.
The grants were awarded by the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of its communities, with a focus on “K to Career” educational and workforce development initiatives, the environment and community impact.
“We are committed to our communities,” said Harry Sideris, president, Duke Energy Florida. “Giving back is an integral part of our company’s philosophy. We live, work and raise our children in the communities we serve, and we look forward to continuing our legacy of charitable giving and employee volunteerism.”
Florida’s 2017 grant recipients included organizations from across the state including Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, United Arts of Central Florida, Orlando Science Center, Bok Tower Gardens, CareerSource Pinellas, Inc./The Science Center, 35 education foundations supporting schools and dozens of others.
Duke Energy’s philanthropy helped fund projects such as providing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-focused after school classes for underserved elementary and middle school students, assisting conservancy initiatives and supporting cultural arts and arts education.
The company also partnered with the Tampa Bay Rays on its Victories for Veterans program for the second consecutive year, through which the Duke Energy Foundation donated more than $79,000 to charities that support veterans across the state.
The Duke Energy Foundation also responded to emergent needs that arose in 2017, including $1 million to assist communities, customers and neighbors impacted by Hurricane Irma. The funds were distributed through state, regional and local organizations, such as the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 14 United Way agencies, the Energy Neighbor Fundand several community agencies.
The foundation awarded a $1 million grant to United Way Suncoast for the Campbell Park community and its surrounding neighborhoods in St. Petersburg, Fla. Duke Energy Florida’s commitment is enabling United Way Suncoast to rapidly expand and increase capacity at the center that empowers individuals and families with resources and training to work toward long-term stability.
“Lives will be changed for the better thanks to Duke Energy Foundation’s investment in the Campbell Park community,” said Suzanne McCormick, president and CEO of United Way Suncoast. “Their generosity continues to inspire others to take action and we are proud to have them as partners in the newly opened Campbell Park Resource Center Annex, serving children and families across the community.”