At Duke Energy, employees believe in the power of giving. For more than a century, they have supported local communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.
In 2018, the company launched its first annual Power of Giving campaign, which empowers employees to support the cause(s) of their choice and have their donations matched dollar for dollar by the Duke Energy Foundation.
Through the campaign, Duke Energy employees pledged $5.3 million in charitable contributions to more than 3,700 different organizations representing a diverse array of causes. When combined with the Foundation matching gifts, that’s more than $10 million in funding to support local communities. Combined with the other Duke Energy In Action programs, the company’s employees and retirees contributed $9.5 million in 2018 and volunteered 126,000 hours.
“I give back because it’s aligned with my purpose,” said Keith Gabriel, economic development specialist for Duke Energy. “Duke Energy enables me and supports me to go out to our communities and make a difference.”
Also in 2018, the Duke Energy Foundation announced a new philanthropic grant program, launching this year, called Powerful Communities. Through the Powerful Communities grant program, the Foundation awards charitable grants to nonprofit organizations working to bolster education, develop the future workforce of the energy sector, conserve and protect our environment and strengthen local communities.