Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dominion Foundation

Charitable giving and leadership of campaigns to benefit non-profit organizations are an integral part of Dominion's social responsibility. Principally through the Dominion Foundation, the company contributes more than $20 million annually to charities in the states where it operates or the locations where it has significant facilities or business interests.

Grants are made in several categories, and they support a variety of programs, such as educational grants.

The company also encourages individual employee and retiree giving by providing matching funds for educational and cultural institutions and many charitable organizations. Matching funds must be requested by Dominion employees and retirees through the Dominion Foundation. Dominion matches employee and retiree donations to qualified charities dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 per donor annually.

To recognize volunteerism, Dominion provides a once-a-year two-for-one volunteer match for those who serve on the board of a qualified charity or have volunteered 50 hours on the organization's behalf during the previous 12 months.

Geographic Focus: Company operations in: Albany, NY; Cayuga, NY; Herkimer, NY; Livingsto, NY; Madison, NY; Onondaga, NY; Steuben, NY; Tompkins, NY; Ashtabula, OH; Belmont, OH; Cuyahoga, OH; Geauga, OH; Lake, OH; Mahoning, OH; Monroe, OH; Portage, OH; Stark, OH; Summit, OH; Tuscarawas, OH; Washington, OH; Wayne, OH; Allegheny, PA; Armstrong, PA; Beaver, PA; Blair, PA; Butler, PA; Cambria, PA; Clarion, PA; Clearfield, PA; Clinton, PA: Elk, PA; Fayette, PA; Indiana, PA; Lawrence, PA; Mercer, PA; Potter, PA; Tioga, PA; Washington, PA; Westmoreland, PA

Award Amounts -- Because the Dominion Foundation supports a wide range of charitable programs, most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business or giving priorities, or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.

Grant Review Process --- Applications are accepted year-round, and there is no deadline for submitting requests. Organizations requesting support renewal, however, should submit applications no later than Sept. 1 of each year. Requests are not automatically renewed. Funding requests are reviewed and approved by regional committees. The review process may take from two to six months, depending upon the size of the grant, since larger grants must be approved by the Foundation Board.

Grant proposals should be sent to:

D. L. Clark Building
501 Martindale Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-3197
Telephone: (412) 690-1364

Dominion receives funding requests far in excess of its Foundation or corporate contribution budgets; accordingly, it must often decline support for otherwise worthy proposals. Such a response does not reflect in any way on the agency involved or on its services.

Does any BDPA chapter in New York, Ohio or Pennsylvania want to explore funding from Dominion Foundation? Does any BDPA chapter have Dominion employees in their membership roles thru which we can seek matching gifts or volunteer grants or employee involvement?

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) operates on a first-come; first-served basis when we partner with BDPA chapters. Visit the Dominion Foundation website to ensure that your chapter's program is compatible with this funding source. If you want to move forward then you can email or call me to express interest sending a grant proposal to this funding source.

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