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Local nonprofits earn $25K in Duke Energy Foundation grants
Five Charlotte groups among 40 across the state
 
Published Friday, November 20, 2020 9:00 am
by Herbert L. White

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Duke Energy Foundation gave $25,000 grants to 40 North Carolina nonprofits committed to social justice and racial equality.

Five Charlotte nonprofits are recipients of Duke Energy grants to organizations committed to social justice and racial equity in North Carolina.


The utility company gave $1 million in grants through the Duke Energy Foundation to 40 nonprofits in $25,000 gifts.


Earlier this year, the company committed to an annual social justice and racial equity grant cycle for at least three years in North Carolina. The award is in addition to the more than $1 million the company provided in support of racial equity across all jurisdictions in August. The $1 million in grants and expanded internal programs build upon previous efforts to support and encourage diversity, equity and inclusion in the company and communities it serves.


“Racial equity sits at the core of our organization's purpose,” said Jason Terrell, executive director of Profound Gentlemen, one of the Charlotte nonprofits. “We know that it takes a collective effort to create sustainable systemic change in the education profession; we are grateful for the Duke Energy Foundation’s support as we build an education system that our students and educators deserve.”


In addition to Profound Gentlemen, the other Charlotte nonprofits to earn grants are Right Moves for Youth, Greater Steps Scholars, NC Outward Bound School, and Center for Community Transitions, which aids the formerly incarcerated adjust to their return to the community.


“We all have a role and responsibility in advancing justice and equity,” Duke Energy North Carolina president Stephen DeMay said in a statement. “Duke Energy is committed to creating equal opportunities for the communities we serve, and we’re proud to support organizations already leading this critical work across North Carolina.”


“We at the Brunswick County NAACP branch are very thankful for the gracious support of the Duke Energy Foundation,” branch president Carl Parker said in a statement. “Because all people have color, this type of support and investment from local partners such as Duke Energy allows us to work toward our mission to secure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.”


Duke Energy is also strengthening its internal diversity and inclusion programs to foster greater corporate awareness and inclusion.

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