In 2010, Consumers Energy recognized the hard work of many non-profit groups with $5 million in contributions from its foundation, employees, retirees and its parent company, CMS Energy. Nearly $1.8 million was given to the United Way through 57 local United Way organizations.
Recognizing the growing number of Michigan families struggling because of the poor economy, CMS Energy increased its contributions from a donor-advised fund by about $1 million in 2010. The additional funds were targeted for early childhood and basic needs programs, such as a $50,000 grant to the Food Bank Council of Michigan for the distribution of fresh food and $60,000 to the Child Care Network to support child care scholarships in Jackson County.
“We significantly increased our support to some of the leading assistance organizations in the state last year so they could help more people,” said David Mengebier, president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “The main goal of our philanthropic efforts is simple: to help people in the communities that we serve.”
Overall, the Consumers Energy Foundation and corporate grants totaling more than $3.3 million were awarded to 895 projects in 2010. The company’s giving programs focus on education, social welfare, culture and the arts, community and civic activities, and the environment.
The Foundation’s Volunteer Investment Program (VIP) awarded grants totaling $216,300 to 438 organizations on behalf of 533 employees and retirees. The VIP program was established to recognize the importance of employee and retiree volunteerism, and support nonprofit organizations making a difference in their communities. Through this program, organizations supported by employees and retirees with volunteer time can receive grants from $100 to $500 or more.
The Consumers Energy Foundation’s Matching Gifts program also provided more than $128,000 to match employee and retiree donations to 36 higher educational institutions, 20 community foundations, and 57 food banks and food pantries across the state.
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