Duke Energy Foundation

Committed to our communities

Community and service are integrated into everything our company does. Through the Duke Energy Foundation, we provide philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where our customers live and work. The Foundation annually provides more than $30 million in charitable grants, with a focus on three areas: K to career, the environment and community impact.

Our philanthropic investments in education span the kindergarten-to-career spectrum and are central to our charitable investments. Reading proficiency is the most important predictor of school success and high school graduation. By supporting childhood literacy programs, we help bridge the achievement gap and seek to end the cycle of poverty. By fostering an interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields for students, our communities will continue growing and producing skilled workers who bring new thinking and innovation to our lives. Workforce development initiatives help ensure local businesses have a pipeline of talent and a diverse workforce. We will continue to build upon the legacy of our founders, whose dedication to community service and education has continued to enhance the regions where Duke Energy serves.

Investment Priorities

Duke Energy powers vibrant communities by funding programs that support our three investment priorities: K to career, the environment and community impact.

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    K to Career
    Supporting effective education programs and initiatives that address the needs of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as programs that increase childhood reading proficiency and boost workforce development
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    Environment
    Being good stewards of the environment and supporting local programs that help protect and restore wildlife and natural resources, with a special focus on water and air
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    Community Impact
    Investing in philanthropic programs that encourage an appreciation of arts and culture, while strengthening the nonprofit community through professional development programs

Community Initiatives

  • Local Community Development Grants

    We offer local community development grants up to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations whose programs and missions support at least one of the Duke Energy Foundation's three investment priorities: K to career, the environment and community impact.
    Applications may be submitted at any time.

  • Disaster Relief

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    Sending help after natural disasters

    When hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters strike, the Duke Energy Foundation works closely with organizations such as the American Red Cross to provide relief in Duke Energy communities. Because we work directly with beneficiary agencies, we do not accept grant applications for disaster relief programs.
  • Supporting the Charlotte nonprofit community through event sponsorships and grant-making is an important component of Duke Energy’s philanthropic giving in our headquarters city.  Each year, we strive to support the mission and good work of a wide variety of nonprofit organizations through cash and in-kind donations. This process is separate from our grant-making process as sponsorships may include tangible benefits. Our Charlotte Community Affairs group is responsible for grants and managing event sponsorships.

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  • DonorsChoose.org

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    Teaming up with DonorsChoose.org, Duke Energy will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $200,000 to help public school teachers develop projects that foster a growing interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Since beginning the program, Duke Energy has supported 94 projects in Northern Kentucky schools.

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Grant Resources

The Foundation receives grant requests for funding during cycles specific to each investment priority. We review funding requests at the regional level and target investments in programs where we believe the company can have the greatest impact for our communities. To learn more, including links to the Foundation's annual tax returns, use the link below.

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