Puget Sound Energy Foundation Awarded More Than $600,000 to 121 Nonprofits Throughout Washington in 2009

Directs $244,500 in December to 62 Local Charitable Organizations, Half with an Emphasis on Providing Human Services

BELLEVUE, Wash., December 31, 2009 - The Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced that it distributed more than $600,000 to local charitable organizations throughout Washington state in 2009, directing $244,500 in December alone to 62 organizations as part of the foundation’s second round of grants. None of the foundation’s funds will ever come from PSE’s utility customers.

“The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is honored to be able to support so many vital community organizations and programs in 2009, particularly during these times of economic hardship,” said Bert Valdman, interim acting chair and vice president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. “These deserving organizations make a positive difference in our communities and region and we’re proud to be able to help them further their important work.”

The December round of funding, the seventh 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 competitive review process to qualifying 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in Puget Sound Energy’s 16-county service and broader operations area.

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation’s first round of 2009 funding, announced in June, distributed $119,000 in charitable grants to 42 local organizations in Washington. Funding from the foundation also went to support PSE’s United Way and ArtsFund campaigns and employee matching program.

The 2009 second-round Puget Sound Energy Foundation grant recipients include:

Columbia County:

  • Dayton Historic Depot

Garfield County:

  • Pomeroy School District

Island County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County
  • Toddler Learning Center

Jefferson County:

  • Jefferson Arts Alliance dba Northwind Arts Alliance
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Center (AKA Society)

King County:

  • AtWork!
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of King County
  • City Year Seattle/King County
  • College Success Fund
  • Environmental Science Center
  • Friends of the Trail
  • Junior Achievement of Washington
  • Lake Wilderness Arboretum Foundation
  • Lifelong AIDS Alliance
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Washington
  • Medical Teams International
  • Multi-Service Center
  • Northwest Burn Foundation
  • Northwest Harvest
  • Overlake Hospital Foundation
  • Overlake Service League
  • Page Ahead Children’s Literacy Program
  • Sharing Security
  • Sound Mental Health
  • The Student Conservation Association, Inc.
  • Treehouse
  • University of Washington Women’s Center
  • Vashon Youth and Family Services
  • White River Valley Museum
  • Youth Eastside Services

Kitsap County:

  • Great Peninsula Conservancy
  • Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County
  • Kids Discovery Museum – “KiDiMu”
  • Kitsap Family YMCA
  • Puget Sound Restoration Fund
  • RMH Services
  • Seashare

Kittitas County:

  • Northern Kittitas County Historical Society

Klickitat County:

  • Back Pack for Kids
  • Mt. Adams Resource Stewards

Pierce County:

  • Associated Ministries
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound
  • Citizens for a Healthy Bay
  • Communities in Schools of Orting
  • Helping Hand House
  • MultiCare Health Foundation
  • Point Defiance Zoological Society

Skagit County:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County
  • Concrete School District
  • Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group
  • Skagit River Bald Eagle Awareness Team
  • Tommy Thompson Trail

Snohomish County:

  • American Red Cross Snohomish County Chapter
  • Future of Flight Foundation

Thurston County:

  • HorsePower! Therapeutic Riding Program
  • Morningside
  • Out of the Woods
  • YWCA of Olympia

Whatcom County:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington
  • Western Washington University
  • WWU Foundation (for Huxley College of the Environment at WWU)

Puget Energy, the parent company of PSE, created the 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. Upon completion of the merger with Puget Holdings LLC earlier this year, the new owners contributed $5 million to the foundation’s endowment.

For additional information on PSE’s community investment and programs, visit Community Investment 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.

Contact

Abigail Elliott, 1-888-831-7250

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 growing customer base through incremental, cost-effective energy conservation, 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. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.