Along with its focus on arts and culture, community transformation, economic progress, education and employment, the environment and human needs, the DTE Energy Foundation also offers additional support to organizations across Michigan through its network of key partners, employees, contractors and retirees.
Below are other ways the Foundation plays a vital role in helping statewide non-profits:
The DTE Energy Foundation offers a Community Giving grant program aimed at supporting community events throughout Michigan. The Community Giving initiative was introduced in 2017 and distributed hundreds of grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to community organizations in Michigan. The Community Giving grant program is focused on funding events that bring Michigan communities together and drive economic activity. Large or small, the Foundation is committed to providing programmatic and financial support to benefit the residents and organizations in the upper and lower peninsula.
We encourage DTE Energy employees and retirees to support those affected by devastating natural disasters across the globe. The DTE Energy Foundation established the Disaster Relief Fund to amplify employee and retiree donations during times of crisis. Recently, the Foundation has enacted the emergency relief fund to provide dollar-for-dollar support up to 25,000 for the 2017 Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria, the community of Flint during the 2016 water crisis and the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
The DTE Energy Foundation matches eligible employee donations between $10 and $1,000 on a dollar-for-dollar basis each holiday season. DTE Energy employees and members of the DTE Energy Board of Directors can support food banks, shelters and related human service organizations that provide relief for needy families in Michigan by making a tax-deductible contribution via this program – making their donations have twice as much impact. Last year, nearly 390 gifts were distributed among 65 qualifying organizations across Michigan.
DTE Energy raises nearly $1.5 million for United Way each year. The company reaches this level of charity because of the generosity of our employees, retirees and leadership givers. To strengthen the power of our giving spirit, the DTE Energy Foundation matches employee donations up to of $750,000. In total, our employee and retiree gifts along with our Foundation matching, allows us to provide more than $2 million each year to serve more than 42 United Way chapters across the U.S.
Walter J. McCarthy Volunteer Leadership Grant Program
Volunteerism is a long-honored tradition among the employees of DTE Energy and it’s engrained in the corporate culture. Walter J. McCarthy, Jr., Detroit Edison’s chairman and chief executive officer from 1981 to 1990, embodied the spirit of service. This program recognizes employees who volunteer in their communities and supports their involvement with nonprofit organizations. Any employee, retiree or long-term contractor (working a year or more at a DTE Energy facility), who has volunteered in a community where DTE Energy maintains a business presence, is eligible to apply for any of four available volunteerism grants, including Dollars for Doers, McCarthy Individual Award, McCarthy Board Service Award, and McCarthy Team Grant Award for the qualifying nonprofit organization. Grant amounts range between $100 and $1,000 per service award. Eligible nonprofit recipients can receive a maximum of $5,000 each year for any combination of service awards.