Puget Sound Energy Foundation to Award More Than $640,000 to 161 Nonprofits Throughout Washington in 2010

$202,500 in December Will Go to 84 Local Charitable Organizations, Half with an Emphasis on Providing Human Services

BELLEVUE, Wash., December 27, 2010 - The Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced that it will distribute more than $640,000 to 161 local charitable organizations throughout Washington state in 2010, directing $202,500 in December alone to 84 organizations as part of the foundation’s second round of grants.

“During these tough economic times, the Puget Sound Energy Foundation is honored to support nonprofit organizations that make a significant difference in our local communities,” said Andy Wappler, chair and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. “We are grateful to be able to help these vital organizations create meaningful and long-lasting results.”

The December round of funding, the ninth since the foundation’s inception in 2006, supports community programs in environmental stewardship, education, the arts and culture, with a particular emphasis on human services. Half of the grants in this round were allocated to organizations that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations.

Ranging in size from $1,000 to $25,000, the grants are awarded based on a two-tiered competitive review process to qualifying 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in Puget Sound Energy’s 16-county service and broader operations area.

The foundation’s first round of 2010 funding, announced in June, distributed $155,000 in charitable grants to 61 local organizations in Washington. This year, the foundation also provided $282,500 in funding to support PSE’s United Way and ArtsFund campaigns and employee matching program.

The 2010 second-round Puget Sound Energy Foundation grant recipients include:

Columbia County:

  • Dayton Development Task Force
  • Touchet Valley Arts Council

Garfield County:

  • Garfield County
  • Garfield County Super Citizens
  • Mule Deer Foundation
  • Pomeroy Community Center
  • Pomeroy School District #110

Island County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County
  • The Giraffe Heroes Project
  • Helping Hand of South Whidbey
  • International Humanities Center
  • South Whidbey Commons
  • South Whidbey Good Cheer Inc.
  • Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Jefferson County:

  • Friends of the Port Townsend Library
  • Jefferson County Community Foundation

King County:

  • The Arc of King County
  • Assistance League of Seattle
  • Auburn Symphony
  • Bellevue Family YMCA
  • Boyer Children’s Clinic
  • Chris Elliott Fund
  • Communities In Schools of Washington State
  • Eastside Domestic Violence Program
  • Federal Way Symphony
  • FUSION: Friends United to Shelter the Indigent, Oppressed and Needy
  • GriefWorks - A Bereavement Resource for Education and Support
  • Habitat for Humanity International Inc. (Tukwila)
  • Habitat for Humanity International Inc. (East King County Chapter)
  • Hero House
  • King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
  • NAVOS Mental Health Solutions
  • Northwest Harvest
  • People for Puget Sound
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority
  • Seattle Master Builders Association
  • Unidentified Moving Objects Company Inc.
  • Vashon Allied Arts Inc.
  • Virginia Mason Health System
  • White Center Emergency Food Association
  • Wild & Scenic Institute
  • Wonderland Developmental Center
  • Youth Eastside Services

Kitsap County:

  • Bainbridge Art Museum
  • Bremerton Symphony Association
  • Hope in Christ Ministries
  • Kitsap Humane Society
  • RMH Services
  • Seashare
  • West Sound Wildlife Shelter

Kittitas County:

  • Central Washington University Foundation
  • Northern Kittitas County Historical Society

Lewis County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington

Pierce County:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
  • Communities In Schools of Tacoma
  • The Franciscan Foundation
  • Girl Scouts of Western Washington
  • Habitat for Humanity International Inc. (Tacoma)
  • Museum of Glass
  • Reflection Park at Fort Lewis
  • Valley Arts United

Skagit County:

  • Concrete High School
  • Guemes Island Fire Department Dist. 17
  • Pacific Northwest Trail Association
  • Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Skagit Preschool and Resource Center

Snohomish County:

  • Bridgeways
  • Cocoon House
  • Greater Everett Community Foundation
  • Heartbeat - Serving Wounded Warriors
  • Housing Hope
  • Imagine Children’s Museum
  • Snohomish County Council - Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Thurston County:

  • Ballet Northwest
  • Capital Clubhouse
  • Hands-On Children’s Museum
  • Rochester Organization of Families
  • Safeplace
  • Seeds of Hope
  • United Communities AIDS Network

Whatcom County:

  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County
  • Ferndale Food Bank
  • Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Whatcom County - Northwest Economic Council Foundation

Puget Energy, the parent company of PSE, created the Puget Sound Energy Foundation in 2006 with a $15 million endowment to ensure that support of community initiatives remains strong in the utility’s service and operations area regardless of business or economic conditions, and that PSE’s history of community involvement will continue for generations. The foundation also received a $5 million investor contribution in 2009 upon completion of PSE’s merger with Puget Holdings LLC. None of the foundation’s funds will ever come from PSE’s utility customers.

For additional information on PSE’s community investment and programs, visit Giving Back on PSE.com.

About the Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Puget Energy, the parent company of Puget Sound Energy, created the Puget Sound Energy Foundation in 2006 to continue its legacy of leadership and support of worthy, community-based programs. The foundation makes charitable contributions to qualifying 501(c) (3) nonprofits to help support a broad range of community programs, with a special focus on initiatives that promote economic and environmental sustainability within PSE’s service territory and in other areas where the utility produces or purchases energy in the Pacific Northwest. None of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation funds come from utility customers. Visit PSEFoundation.org for more information.

About Puget Sound Energy

Washington state’s oldest local energy utility, Puget Sound Energy serves more than 1 million electric customers and nearly 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers through incremental, cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in the energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service and delivering energy that is safe, reliable, reasonably priced, and environmentally responsible.

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