The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our company and an important expression of our commitment to communities. Its overriding aim is to fund the future in social, educational, and environmental grants.
The Foundation focuses on four principal areas:
- 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.
Among the Foundation’s signature programs is Solar for Studentsopens in a new window, which provides students the chance to learn firsthand about harnessing energy from a solar array. Participating public schools and educational organizations receive a 1.2-kilowatt solar system that converts sunlight into electric power, as well as educational materials and training for educators. Students can track their system’s power generation online and challenge other participating schools around the world to a solar power match to see who generates the most.
In 2021, the Foundation’s charitable giving amounted to $22.2 million. Among the more than 1,300 recipients were the Nansemond River Preservation Alliance in Suffolk, Virginia; Always Home, a housing nonprofit in Mystic, Connecticut; the Edisto Indian Free Medical Clinic in Ridgeville, South Carolina; and Children’s Center, which provides mental-health services to children in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fostering social justice is a critical part of our approach to supporting communities. In 2021, we contributed $5.3 million toward our six-year, $25-million HBCU PromiseSM — an initiative to support historically Black colleges and universities — bringing the cumulative total to $11.1 million. We distributed a half-million dollars to 60 recipients in the first year of our Educational Equity Scholarship Program (a six-year, $10-million commitment), which provides college scholarships for African American, Hispanic, and Asian-American students and students from other under-represented communities. And we pledged $1 million to the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in support of its efforts to address discrimination.
We also contributed to a variety of other efforts, including an urban environmental-justice project in Richmond, Virginia; an exhibition infusing the art of the African diaspora into mainstream museums in New London, Connecticut; and an initiative in South Carolina to help Black-owned businesses recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our veteran-focused Dominion Energy Charity Classic — a PGA Tour Champions golf tournament held annually in Richmond, Virginia — generated $2.1 million for charitable causes in 2021 . Since its inaugural competition in 2016, it has raised more than $7.3 million for worthy causes. In 2021, the event’s Pro-Am tournament was renamed the Tom Farrell Memorial Pro-Am in honor of Dominion Energy’s late CEO, who was instrumental in bringing the event to Richmond.