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Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our company. Its overriding purpose is to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charity governed by a board of directors consisting of Dominion Energy officers and staff. A corporate group of regional Community Investment Boards advises the Foundation board, assisting with grant proposal reviews and making recommendations.
Here are some of the areas we focus on:
- Human needs grants that support increased food security, housing and shelter, and access to basic medical and health care;
- Environmental stewardship grants to protect natural resources and help non-profit organizations make efficient use of energy;
- Education grants to develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields; and
- Community vitality grants to foster an appreciation of diversity, revitalize neighborhoods, and ensure a vibrant community through support of cultural endeavors.
In 2019, the Foundation gave $21.2 million to hundreds of organizations in more than 20 states. When combined with the company’s energy-assistance, direct-giving, and similar programs, Dominion Energy contributed $48.5 million to social betterment in 2019.
The Dominion Energy Charity Classic, a PGA TOUR Champions playoff tournament, supports veterans-related causes and other charities. In 2019, the Charity Classic raised more than $1.7 million for charitable causes, bringing the four-year total to more than $3.5 million. Among other worthy causes, the event — now the largest fundraiser in central Virginia — supports the Richmond Fisher House, which provides free housing for family members of veterans receiving treatment at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center, and the Virginia Values Veterans program, which helps provide career opportunities for veterans transitioning into the civilian sector.
At the beginning of 2019, Dominion Energy merged with SCANA Corporation. Total giving from the business units formerly organized under SCANA totaled more than $7 million for the year. That sum includes the company’s $2.5-million donation to the planned International African American Museum in Charleston, South Carolina. In addition, the company also provided $25,000 to give a thousand museum memberships to people served by the Charleston Promise Neighborhood, a non-profit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty.
“This gets us over our fundraising ‘heartbreak hill'.”
In 2019, the former SCANA enterprises contributed $150,000 to energy assistance, and pledged to continue corporate giving to the United Way at historically high levels of more than a half-million dollars each year through 2022.
Dollars for Doers
Through this program, launched by the former SCANA companies in 2015, employees who volunteer 20 or more hours of personal time to a non-profit cause in any given calendar year can submit a request for a $500 grant to any qualifying charity. Employees are eligible for up to three such grants each year.
In 2019, the company made 514 such grants, totaling $257,000. Because Dollars for Doers has proven such a success in South Carolina, Dominion Energy has expanded the program across the entire company.
In 2019, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded $1.6 million in grants to 135 organizations working to improve natural spaces or teach about the environment. Among the beneficiaries:
- The James River Outdoor Coalition in Richmond, Va., to make kayaking and canoeing the James River accessible for paddlers with special needs. Watch a video about the impact of this effort here.
- Enrichmond Foundation, also in Richmond, to restore gravesites and walkways at Evergreen Cemetery, where nationally known African-Americans are buried.
- Science students at Open High School in downtown Richmond, who started an urban pollinator program within a secure apiary provided by Dominion Energy volunteers. Students nurtured two beehives while learning about the importance of pollinators and beekeeping practices.
- The Avian Conservation Center in Awendaw, S.C., to study and preserve local birds of prey. Watch a video about the center’s work here.
- St. Mary's River Watershed Association in Saint Mary's, Md., to install reefs and spat as part of ongoing oyster restoration efforts.
- The Thanksgiving Point Institute in Lehi, Utah, to provide K-12 students with field trips to its butterfly biosphere.
Critical Community Needs Grants
In 2019, Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation awarded $1.6 million in critical community needs grants to help feed, shelter, and care for people in need. The money was shared by more than 200 non-profit organizations providing essential human services across 12 states. Beneficiaries included:
- The Cleveland Municipal School District for its monthly fresh produce market for students and neighbors of Case Elementary School, which provides access to nutritious food, health screenings, and other services. Watch a video about the program here.
- Conexus Vision of central Virginia, for free in-school eye screenings ensuring that children have the best chance to learn and succeed in the classroom and in life. Watch a video about the program here.
- The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia, for its Healthy Mobile Pantry that delivers more than 900,000 healthy meals each year to food-insecure households in the region. Watch a video about its work here.
- The United Way of Harrison County, W.Va., to provide housing and social services to homeless veterans, and healthy meals to seniors and others in need. Watch a video about its work here.
- The USO of South Carolina, for its Holidays for Heroes campaign supporting military personnel who cannot be home with their families during the holidays. Watch a video about the organization here.
- Interfaith Community Outreach in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., to help uninsured and underinsured residents with medical or dental emergencies, including treatment, transportation, cancer support, prescriptions, and counseling.
- The Mountainlands Community Housing Association of Park City, Utah, to provide transitional housing and support services to people facing homelessness due to domestic violence, divorce, loss of employment, or other factors.
- The UNC-Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center, to which we gave $100,000 for the creation of the Jay G. Rambeaut Patient Care Fund, in honor of a Dominion Energy employee who was killed in April, 2019, in an explosion caused by third-party damage to one of our gas lines in Durham, N.C.
The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has a dollar-for-dollar funds-matching program to encourage employees and retirees to support eligible non-profit organizations. Employees and retirees can request matching gifts of up to $5,000 per calendar year.
To encourage community service, any employee or retiree who (a) serves on the board of directors of a qualified recipient organization or who (b) gives at least 50 hours of volunteer service per year to that organization can request a 2-for-1 match of a gift once each calendar year.
Sponsorships and Signature Programs
Project Plant It!
In the spring of 2019, 70,000 students across 18 states received a free redbud tree seedling to plant through Dominion Energy's Project Plant It!, an environmental education program established in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation in 2007 to teach children about the important role trees play in the environment. For the 2018-19 academic year, the program included new features to engage teachers, parents, and youth in learning about the science of trees and their environmental benefits. As of 2019, the program had distributed 570,000 seedlings since its inception.
Solar for Students
During the 2019-20 school year, 18 sites participated in our Solar for Students program. Sponsored by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the program offers K-12 students and educators a hands-on learning experience to generate electricity from a solar array installed on grounds accessible to students.
Participants receive a 1.2-kilowatt photovoltaic system that converts sunlight into electric power, as well as technical support, educational materials, and training for educators. Each solar array will have a visual display that shows students and faculty real-time data on the amount of electricity generated. Each array will generate enough electricity to power up to 18 desktop computers, 40 ten-gallon aquariums, or 15 42-inch LED televisions. Students will be able to track the generation of electric power by viewing their data online and can challenge other participating schools around the world to a solar power match. They will learn about their state's energy resources and how weather and temperature impact solar power.
Vera Thoms started out with Dominion Energy as a human-resources contractor. During the past 17 years she has worked in a variety of departments, including philanthropy. In partnership with the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), since 2015 she has helped make Solar for Students a success by holding workshops for teachers who want to learn about solar energy and pass that knowledge on to their students. A self-described “introvert who can be extroverted around those who give me peace,” Vera says the Solar for Students work is the most enjoyable part of her job.
Utah Arts Festival
The largest outdoor, multi-disciplinary arts festival in the Beehive State, the Utah Arts Festival hosts more than 80,000 visitors in Salt Lake City each June for an award-winning celebration of the arts.
Festival of the Trees
In Cleveland, the Allen Theatre hosts the annual Festival of the Trees. Visitors can admire Christmas trees decorated by local designers, enjoy live musical performances by local choral groups, and take in a performance of “A Christmas Story.”
Dinosaurs Around the World
In Columbia, S.C., Dominion Energy was the presenting sponsor of “Dinosaurs Around the World: The Great Outdoors” at the Riverbank Zoo and Garden. The prehistoric safari featured more than 25 life-size, life-like, moving, roaring dinosaurs along the banks of the Saluda River. More than 100,000 Zoo guests explored life during the Mesozoic Era and on the supercontinent of Pangea where dinosaurs roamed.
Strong Men Women & in Virginia History
The 30-year-old Strong Men & Women in Virginia History program, in which we now partner with the Library of Virginia, honors the achievements of African-American trailblazers who helped move Virginia forward. The program includes a student essay contest and provides resources for schools and libraries.
Community Impact Awards
Made in partnership with Cleveland Magazine, these awards recognize nonprofits for their work in economic or social revitalization. Since 1996, the Community Impact Awards competition has awarded more than $1.8 million for economic and social revitalization projects.
Dominion Energy Riverrock™
Dominion Energy Riverrock estimates attendance each year around 100,000. In addition to its “nation’s premier outdoor sports and music festival” title, in 2019, it was voted by Richmond Region Tourism as “RVA’s Tourism Event of the Year.”