Puget Sound Energy Foundation Awards 61 Grants to Local Organizations in 12 Washington State Counties as Part of First Funding Round in 2010

Directs $155,000 in Charitable Grants with More Than Half to Organizations That Help Vulnerable Populations

BELLEVUE, Wash. (June 22, 2010) – The Puget Sound Energy Foundation today announced that it will distribute $155,000 through 61 grants to local charitable organizations throughout Washington as part of its first of two funding rounds in 2010. Ranging from $1,000 to $20,000, the grants are awarded based on a competitive review process of applications from qualifying 501(c) (3) charitable organizations in Puget Sound Energy's service and operations area.

"The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is proud to help local organizations that provide support to our customers," said Andy Wappler, chair and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. "We understand how important funding is to charitable organizations – and even more so during these tough economic times. The foundation, our company and employees work hard to meet the needs of our communities."

More than half of the grants in this funding round, the eighth since the foundation's inception in 2006, support human services organizations that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations. Other recipients include organizations with programs in environmental stewardship, education, and the arts and culture.

Not included in this round of funding are additional funds contributed by the foundation to support PSE's United Way and ArtsFund workplace giving campaigns. PSE and its employees also donate professional expertise and employee hours to support beneficial community activities and programs. "We are constantly looking at ways we can extend our commitment to the communities we serve," said Wappler.

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. The foundation endowment received a $5 million boost in 2009 from PSE's investors following the merger with Puget Holdings LLC. None of the foundation's funds will ever come from PSE's utility customers.

Following a review of more than 121 applications, the following non-profit organizations are the 2010 Puget Sound Energy Foundation first-round grant recipients:

Island County

  • Senior Services of Island County
  • Whidbey Island Hospital Foundation

Jefferson County

  • Centrum Foundation
  • Gathering Place
  • Jefferson County Historical Society
  • Jumping Mouse Children's Center

King County

  • 5th Avenue Theatre Association
  • Audubon Washington
  • Bellevue Boys & Girls Club
  • City of Bellevue Arts Program
  • City of Enumclaw
  • Corporate Council for the Arts
  • Downtown Emergency Service Center
  • EarthCorps
  • El Centro de la Raza
  • Food Lifeline
  • Foundation for Private Enterprise Education
  • Friends of KEXP
  • Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery
  • Friends of Youth
  • Greater Maple Valley Community Center
  • Helping Link
  • K-12 Ventures
  • King County Library System Foundation
  • Kirkland Interfaith Transitions in Housing
  • KUOW-Puget Sound Public Radio
  • Medical Teams International
  • Northwest Parks Foundation
  • Pacific Northwest Ballet Association
  • Pediatric Interim Care Center, Inc.
  • Pike Market Senior Center
  • Puget Sound Blood Center and Program
  • Rotary First Harvest
  • Seattle Milk Fund
  • Vashon Youth & Family Services
  • Woodland Park Zoological Society

Kitsap County

  • Central Stage Theatre of County Kitsap
  • IslandWood
  • South Kitsap Helpline

Kittitas County

  • Kittitas County Historical Society, Inc.

Klickitat County

  • Maryhill Museum of Art

Lewis County

  • Growing Places Farm & Energy Park
  • Lewis County Literacy Council

Pierce County

  • Children's Museum of Tacoma
  • Communities in Schools of Puyallup
  • Safe Streets Campaign
  • University of Washington Foundation – Tacoma

Skagit County

  • Anacortes Park Foundation for the Tommy Thompson Trail

Snohomish County

  • Assistance League of Everett Washington
  • East County Senior Center
  • Little Red School House Inc.
  • Senior Services of Snohomish County
  • Snohomish Artist Guild

Thurston County

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County
  • Child Care and Educational Services
  • Olympia Symphony Orchestra
  • Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia
  • United Way of Thurston County

Whatcom County

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County
  • Visiting Nurses Personal Services
  • Whatcom County Council on Aging, Inc.

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 Web site: 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 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 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

Contact information

Abigail Elliott, 1-888-831-7250