Michigan’s nonprofit organizations made a significant impact on communities around the state in 2014, helped by $10 million in contributions from Consumers Energy, its employees, retirees, Foundation and parent company CMS Energy.
Of the contributions, $4 million helped organizations that provide direct energy assistance to those in need, including The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW), TrueNorth Community Services, The Salvation Army and Michigan Community Action Agencies. These organizations will match $2 for every $1 that we contribute.
The Michigan Association of United Ways received $1.7 million. Of that, $1.1 million was made up of employee and retiree contributions to 57 United Ways.
More than 450 nonprofit organizations received $230,000 on behalf of 556 employees and retirees through the Volunteer Investment Program (VIP).
Another $105,000 went to 115 higher education institutions, community foundations, food banks, food pantries and homeless shelters through the Foundation’s Matching Gifts program, which matches employee and retiree donations.
The Caring for Our Community grant program provided $32,000 to 129 nonprofit organizations on behalf of 1,010 employees. The program recognizes the efforts of teams of employees volunteering for a nonprofit organization or event.
Highlights of 2014
Additional contributions from last year include:
- $800,000 to support Detroit’s “grand bargain,” helping protect pensions for Detroit’s retirees and preserving public art at the Detroit Institute of Arts.
- Nearly $800,000 for early childhood initiatives and basic needs programs from a CMS Energy donor-advised fund.
- More than $300,000 to provide energy assistance to Michigan residents through Walks for Warmth. 2015 Walk Schedule
- $250,000 to the Detroit Zoo, for its new Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
- $200,000 to support FIRST Robotics, including funding to help start new middle school and high school teams across the state.
- $200,000 for Grand Valley State University’s Student Academic Success Center and the Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy.
- $100,000 to the Cranbrook Institute of Science, for its Water on the Go! program, providing watershed education to upper elementary and middle school students in Midland, Bay City, Saginaw and Genesee counties.
- $100,000 to Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties, for its “Center of Hope” campaign, to create a one-stop service center for human services organizations.
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