Corporate Philanthropy

Total Charitable Contributions

In 2010, PG&E donated $19.3 million to charitable organizations, representing 1.1 percent of our pre-tax earnings from operations from the prior year. This exceeded our target of 1.0 percent. PG&E’s community investment program is funded entirely by shareholders and has no impact on our customers' electricity or natural gas rates. Most of these contributions were made to non-profit organizations in northern and central California. PG&E also makes in-kind contributions and provides other forms of support to community groups.

Highlights of Our Community Investments

As part of our ongoing commitment to address the needs of our communities, our community investment program focuses on three areas: Education, Environmental Stewardship and Community Vitality. The chart below shows the breakdown across these areas.

2010 Charitable Contributions

2010 Charitable Contributions graph

About Our Community Investments

Benchmarking PG&E’s Charitable Contributions
A recent study showed that PG&E’s 2009 charitable contributions, as a percentage of corporate earnings, exceeded the average of other energy companies and were comparable to approximately 170 large companies.

Source: Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Giving in Numbers: 2010 Edition

More than 75 percent of PG&E’s community investments provided assistance to underserved communities in 2010. This funding supported projects and organizations assisting people with low incomes, communities of color, women, veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

We continue to give priority to viable local charitable partners whose projects address recognized community needs, link to our key focus areas, provide an opportunity for employee volunteerism and are located within our service area.

In 2011, PG&E expects to provide more than $23 million in charitable funding, with an overarching emphasis to support underserved communities.

2011 Employee Giving Program

The Campaign for the Community is an annual employee and retiree giving campaign to raise money for nonprofit organizations and schools.

In our 2011 Campaign for the Community, PG&E employees and retirees set a new record for contributions by pledging more than $4.8 million. The money raised for the campaign will be distributed throughout 2011 to 4,500 schools and nonprofit organizations—environmental groups, hospitals, community centers, food banks and many others—to help keep important programs and services alive in our communities. Pledges were made by more than 7,400 employees and retirees. The average annual pledge was $631 per employee. Since 2000, PG&E’s employee giving program has raised more than $35 million for communities within and outside of northern and central California.


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