Duke Energy grants helping Florida nonprofits

Duke Energy said in a recent news release that it donated more than $3 million to Florida nonprofits in the past year.

The grants focus on a healthy community, including "K to Career" educational and workforce development and environmental issues.

"Investing in our communities is an integral part of Duke Energy's philosophy," Duke Energy Florida President Harry Sideris said. "We look forward to continuing our legacy of charitable giving and employee volunteerism this year, helping to make Florida a great place to work, live and raise our children."

Among the projects funded by the Duke Energy Foundation were after-school classes focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for elementary and middle school students and other education foundations that support schools. The foundation also donated $90,600 to veterans through the Tampa Bay Rays Victories for Veterans program.

"Throughout Florida, teachers are providing the types of hands-on learning opportunities that truly engage students because of the support of Duke Energy," Consortium of Florida Education Foundations President Mary Chance said. "Their long-term investment in both our statewide organization and our local education foundations in their service territory is making a meaningful difference, particularly in the STEM education arena."

The Duke foundation has donated more than $58 million to Florida nonprofits since 2000, and more than $30 million every year to nonprofits in its seven state service area, the release said. It also donated to several emergency funds, including Ecuador's disaster relief fund, OneOrlando after the Pulse nightclub tragedy and relief efforts in hurricane stricken areas in Florida.

Duke Energy employees have followed the lead of their employer, participating in a variety of environmental efforts and charitable drives for those in need in 2016, the release said.

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