OVERVIEW: FirstEnergy gives both modest and large amounts to disease-focused organizations under its commitment to health and safety. But these organizations must do their work in a community that receives FirstEnergy services.
IP TAKE: FirstEnergy is all about supporting the local communities in which it operates. Those seeking funding or national programs are out of luck with this corporate foundation.
PROFILE: FirstEnergy, a “diversified energy company” headquartered in Akron, OH, is a funder of nonprofits working on diseases through its FirstEnergy Foundation. The foundation provides funding to entities operating in areas where it provides services and does business. This includes substantial swaths of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New Jersey, as well as portions of Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Michigan.
The foundation supports these disease-focused nonprofits through its commitment to the "vitality" of communities and its support of "safety initiatives." It’s also useful to keep in mind that the foundation seeks to “promote local and regional economic development and revitalization efforts,” because nonprofits committed to diseases can be related to these efforts as well.
Entities that have recently garnered support of the FirstEnergy Foundation are primarily chapters of national organizations like the March of Dimes and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. That said does support an interest mix of diseases in its grantmaking such as Duchenne, cancer, and Parkinson’s.
First Energy grants are on the small side and typically don’t go above $5,000. The FirstEnergy Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications. Do not let this deter you. The foundation encourages you to make contact with local FirstEnergy management. The foundation also encourages you to reach out to the staff of its Community Involvement Department.
While you’re making those inroads, you can also take a look at the grant application you will eventually fill out.
- Dee Lowery, President of FirstEnergy Foundation and Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Community Involvement of FirstEnergy
- Michael J. Dowling, Senior Vice President, External Affairs of FirstEnergy Service Company