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Our Foundation

About Our Foundation
The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation was formed in 2004 to support nonprofit organizations in communities throughout our service territory. Since its beginning, the Foundation has invested more than $6 million in the communities we serve.

Our Giving Guidelines
To increase our Foundation's effectiveness and position it for future growth and stability, we adopted a revised giving strategy in 2010, with a focus on critical needs in the community. We believe this revised strategy will strategically impact the focus areas outlined below:

  1. Environmental Stewardship & Energy Sustainability*
    An annual grant is awarded to organizations that provide one or more of the following objectives in Piedmont's three-state service area.
    • Increased access to interaction with nature and the environment
    • Promote local accountability or actions to create cleaner cities, reduce emissions and incorporate conscious environmental decision-making in everyday life
    • Incorporate energy and/or environmental education in K-12 schools and curriculum
    • Promote a general awareness about environmental and energy-related issues for the public
    • Preserve or restore a community's existing natural resources, including green/open space

      *Organizations are invited to apply for Environmental Stewardship & Energy Sustainability grants through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

  2. Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation Community Enrichment Initiative

    • K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
      • Programs and accountability measures that enhance student performance, grade level readiness, literacy, graduation rates and overall success for students
      • Development of high-quality leadership in schools and classrooms, including recruitment and retention of teachers and principals
      • Programs that incorporate science, technology, math and engineering skills critical to success in a global economy
      • Programs that promote positive behaviors and motivation to stay in school
      • Incorporation of energy and environmental education in K-12 schools/ curriculum
    • Workforce Development
      • Primary
        • Coordination with economic development efforts and activities to promote the region's availability of qualified workers
        • High quality, affordable and easily accessible training to provide those entering the workforce with the skills necessary to obtain employment
        • Training programs that serve to upgrade employee skills and wages
        • Strategies to encourage life-long learning and opportunities to engage in professional development
      • Secondary
        • Programs that incorporate vocational and technical training through community colleges
    • Health and Human Services
      • Organizations providing outreach services to community members with basic needs, including:
        • Shelter
        • Food
        • Clothing
      • Organizations providing services or programs for a range of human service needs including, but not limited to:
        • Youth engagement and mentoring
        • Special needs and disability assistance
        • Transitional housing and situational homelessness support
        • Gang violence prevention
      • Organizations providing emergency/disaster relief and preparedness
      • Increased access to critical healthcare services and comprehensive medical treatment including preventative care, prescription medication, medical exams, screenings, immunizations and dental care

        The Piedmont Natural Gas Community Enrichment Initiative also includes a competitive “Regional Rotating” grant program that bolsters dollars regionally by offering 1-2 smaller rotating capacity building/ collaboration/ innovation grant awards. Organizations are invited to apply through a Request for Proposals (RFP) process.

  3. Energy Assistance Programs
    • Share the Warmth
      The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation makes annual contributions to Share the Warmth and has contributed more than $1.3 million since the program began.

The Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation board of directors guides and oversees the Foundation's grant-making activities, including grant review and approval. Officers and directors of the Piedmont Natural Gas Foundation are:

Timothy Greenhouse, President & Chairman
George Baldwin, Vice President
Jane Lewis-Raymond, Secretary
Robert O. Pritchard, Treasurer 

Board Members
David Trusty
Wendy Smith
Minh Tran
Ranelle Warfield
Teresa VonCannon 

Board of Advisors
Barbara Davis
Michael Durham
Phillip Morgan
Stephen Francescon Jr.
Tammy Thurman

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