Duke Energy Helps Strengthen North Carolina Nonprofits With Over $800,000 in Grants

Oct 24, 2018 1:40 PM ET

CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 24, 2018 /3BL Media/ -- Duke Energy is strengthening nonprofit capacity building efforts and supporting other strategic community initiatives by investing $849,000 in 23 organizations across North Carolina.

"At Duke Energy, we recognize nonprofits are critical to the vitality of our communities and health of our natural environment," said David Fountain, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "These organizations must have well-trained professionals leading those efforts. We're proud to help strengthen the nonprofit community in lasting and sustainable ways."

The 2018 grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation, will help enhance professional development, arts, cultural and emergency response training programs, allowing the organizations to continue strengthening and expanding their work within our communities.

"We serve nonprofits throughout North Carolina to help build their capacities and sustainability," said Jeanne Tedrow, president and CEO of the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits and 2018 Duke Energy Foundation grant recipient. "We are pleased to partner with Duke Energy to reach nonprofits locally with high-quality, relevant professional development programs."

"The Caswell County Public Library is excited to be awarded funding from Duke Energy to create a STEM Makerspace in our newly expanded library," said Rhonda H. Griffin, library director of Caswell County Public Library. "Without this funding, this new and exciting program, which will be open to people of all ages, would not be possible."

Here is a complete list of the 23 grant recipients and summaries.

The Foundation annually funds more than $33 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area. In 2017, the company donated more than $19 million to nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.  

Duke Energy Foundation
The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $33 million annually in charitable gifts.

The foundation's education focus spans kindergarten to career – particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – as well as early childhood literacy and workforce development. The foundation also supports environmental projects and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.

Duke Energy employees and retirees actively contribute to their communities as volunteers and leaders with a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Duke Energy is committed to building on its legacy of community service. For more information, visit http://www.duke-energy.com/foundation.

The Duke Energy Foundation is part of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK).

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

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