Vectren Foundation reports gifts

Staff report

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Outlined in its recently released, annual Community Impact Report, Vectren Corp. announced it awarded more than $5 million in 2017 through the Vectren Foundation and corporate contributions.

In addition, Vectren employees contributed in excess of 56,000 hours of community volunteer time.

With three main areas of focus, the Vectren Foundation awards grants to those opportunities that lead community revitalization, growth and development; promote energy conservation and environmental stewardship; and advance primary, secondary, post-secondary and civic education.

“We are committed to supporting our communities by dedicating both financial and human resources,” said Jeff Whiteside, vice president of community sustainability and foundation president. “By investing foundation dollars in impactful programs and working directly with our communities, there is a greater opportunity to become a catalyst for lasting change.”

The annual United Way fundraising campaign continues to receive strong participation from both employee giving and corporate donations. Nearly three out of every five employees participated in the 2017 campaign, altogether generating about $623,000 to more than 40 United Ways and United Funds.

Vectren also provided more than $205,000 to disaster relief efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Vectren employees pledged and prompted matching gifts totaling more than $55,000 as part of the effort.

The Vectren Foundation is a nonprofit organization funded by nonutility-related transactions and is not an element of customers’ energy bills.

Staff report