The board of directors for the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation, the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Co., held its annual meeting on Friday, March 26.
Foundation directors, led by David P. Bauer, foundation president, and president and CEO of National Fuel, reviewed the more than $1.3 million in company gifts from fiscal 2020, including $250,000 in emergency grants that addressed critical needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic across the company’s New York and Pennsylvania service territories. COVID-relief rants were provided to the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund, FeedMore WNY, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania, Erie Community Foundation, and Community Food Warehouse of Mercer County.
“Last year, the foundation was pleased to help the communities where we live and work meet the challenges presented by the pandemic,” Bauer said. “The foundation will continue to support local nonprofits as we enter new recovery phases.”
The board of directors also discussed the preliminary enrollment results for the 2021 employee charitable giving program, a matching gift program through which the foundation will match employee donations dollar for dollar up to $750 per employee per year to employees’ chosen nonprofits. This year, nearly half of employees have elected to participate in the program, pledging more than $500,000 to nonprofits across the U.S. with the majority located in the company’s New York and Pennsylvania service territories. With the foundation match, the program will donate nearly $1 million.
This year’s top 10 nonprofits are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, United Brethren in Christ, SPCA Serving Erie County, Families of FANA, Hospice Foundation of WNY, Make-A-Wish Western New York, United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, Salem Lutheran Church, and Buffalo City Mission.
“This matching program aligns a large portion of National Fuel’s charitable support with the wishes and generosity of our employees,” Bauer said. “Since its inception in 2005, the company, foundation and our employees have given more than $21 million to more than 800 charitable organizations.”
A press release stated, “Going forward, the foundation remains committed to initiatives that advance strong and vibrant communities and to its focus areas: the underserved/economically disadvantaged, education, community vitality/economic impact, and veteran services.
“The National Fuel Gas Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation funded entirely by company shareholders and is one element of National Fuel’s commitment and support to its local communities.”