Puget Sound Energy Foundation Awards $398,000 to 69 Local Charitable Organizations in the First Six Months of 2011

BELLEVUE, Wash. (July 29, 2011) – The Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced that it distributed $398,000 through 69 grants to local charitable organizations throughout Washington state in the first six months of 2011.

In July, as part of the foundation’s first of two annual funding rounds, $137,500 was awarded to 54 organizations within PSE’s 11 county service territory. These grants range from $1,000 to $30,000, and are awarded based on a competitive review process of applications from qualifying 501(c) (3) charitable organizations in service and operations area of Puget Sound Energy, Washington’s oldest local energy utility. Earlier in the year, the foundation contributed more than $260,000 to local United Way chapters throughout western Washington.

“The grants allow organizations to fund programs and services that benefit our local customers and communities,” said Andy Wappler, chair and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. “We are pleased to be able to help support these vital activities that directly help people and also enhance the quality of life in the area.”

In the 11th annual-funding round since the foundation’s inception, nearly half of the grants awarded support human services organizations that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations. Other recipients include organizations that support environmental stewardship, education, and arts and culture.

Puget Energy, the parent company of PSE, created the foundation in 2006. Now, with a $15 million endowment, the foundation is positioned 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. None of the foundation’s funds will ever come from PSE’s utility customers.

The following non-profit organizations are the 2011 Puget Sound Energy Foundation first funding round grant recipients (also included are United Way grant recipients):

Chelan County:

  • Art on the Avenues, Wenatchee
  • United Way of Chelan & Douglas Counties
  • Wenatchee Valley Young Men’s Christian Association

Cowlitz County:

  • United Way of Cowlitz County

Island County:

  • Toddler Learning Center Association
  • United Way of Island County
  • Whidbey Children’s Theater

Jefferson County:

  • Jefferson Land Trust
  • Port Townsend Marine Science Society, Fort Worden State Park
  • United Good Neighbor Fund of Jefferson County

King County:

  • ArtsFund
  • City Fruit
  • Coast Guard Family and Friends Holiday Stockings for Homeless Children
  • FamilyWorks
  • Greater Maple Valley Community Center
  • Medical Teams International
  • Museum of History and Industry
  • Nature Vision, Inc.
  • Neighborhood House
  • North Seattle Community College Education Fund
  • Northshore Youth and Family Services
  • Pike Market Senior Center
  • Safe Crossings Foundation
  • Save Habitat and Diversity of Wetlands Organization
  • Seattle Parks Foundation
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation
  • The Martinez Foundation
  • Treehouse
  • United Way of King County
  • University of Washington Foundation
  • Vashon Youth and Family Services
  • Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust
  • Way Back Inn Foundation

Kitsap County:

  • Habitat for Humanity of Kitsap County
  • IslandWood
  • North Kitsap Fishline
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul, St. Olaf and St. Peters Churches
  • United Way of Kitsap County

Kittitas County:

  • Ellensburg Rodeo Hall of Fame Association
  • United Way of Central Washington

Lewis County:

  • United Way of Lewis County

Pierce County:

  • Children’s Museum of Tacoma
  • Helping Hand House
  • Safe Streets Campaign
  • Tacoma Urban League
  • United Way of Pierce County
  • Vadis
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Tacoma and Pierce County

Skagit County:

  • Brigid Collins Family Support Center
  • Rotary Club of Burlington
  • Skagit County Community Action Agency
  • United Way of Skagit County

Snohomish County:

  • American Red Cross, Snohomish County Chapter
  • Arlington Kids’ Kloset
  • Arts Council of Snohomish County
  • Bethany of the Northwest
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County
  • Public Education Foundation for the Edmonds School District
  • United Way of Snohomish County
  • Work Force Development Resource Center

Thurston County:

  • Union Gospel Mission Association of Olympia
  • United Way of Thurston County
  • Young Women’s Christian Association of Olympia

Walla Walla County:

  • United Way of Walla Walla County

Whatcom County:

  • Mount Baker Theater
  • United Way of Whatcom County
  • Visiting Nurses Foundation
  • Visiting Nurse Home Care
  • Western Washington University Foundation

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation has two funding rounds per year with grant application deadlines of April 1 and Oct. 1. Grant applications for programmatic and capital support for the Oct. 1 funding round are currently being taken with awards being announced in December. Charitable organizations can apply online via the Puget Sound Energy Foundation Website: www.psefoundation.org. For additional information on PSE’s community investment and programs, visit PSE.com.

About 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 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customer base 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 For more information, visit www.PSE.com.

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