Corporate

Charitable Giving and The Dominion Foundation

Charitable Giving

Charitable giving and volunteerism are an integral part of Dominion’s commitment to the communities we serve. Principally through The Dominion Foundation, we contribute more than $20 million annually to non-profit organizations and schools in the states where we operate or the locations where we have significant facilities or business interests. Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and are not borne by customers.

Foundation grants are limited to organizations defined as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code. Additional grants occasionally may be made directly from the corporation to sponsor special events that benefit a non-profit organization.

Grants are made in four focus areas, and they support a variety of programs:  food banks, homeless shelters, land and habitat preservation, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education, and neighborhood revitalization, to name a few. Special consideration is given to programs with an energy conservation or energy efficiency component.

Dominion also encourages individual employee- and retiree giving by providing matching funds for their gifts to many charitable organizations. Matching funds must be requested by Dominion employees and retirees through The Dominion Foundation. Dominion matches their personal donations to qualified charities dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 per donor annually. To recognize volunteerism, Dominion offers a once-a-year two-for-one volunteer match for those who serve on the board of a qualified charity or who have volunteered 50 hours on the organization’s behalf during the previous 12 months.

Grant Focus Areas

We are interested in learning about opportunities to support projects in the following areas:

  • Human Needs
    Meeting essential human needs for warmth, energy-efficient shelter, food, and access to medicine and basic health care. Supporting emergency preparedness and relief in the wake of natural disasters.
  • Environmental Stewardship
    Protecting natural resources and helping non-profit organizations make efficient use of energy.
  • Education
    Fostering an understanding of energy in our economy and helping develop the capacity of the future work force in the energy field.
  • Community Vitality
    Fostering an appreciation of diversity, revitalizing neighborhoods, and ensuring a vibrant community life through support of cultural endeavors.
Award Amounts

Because The Dominion Foundation supports a wide range of charitable programs, most grants are in the $1,000 to $15,000 range. Higher amounts may be awarded when a program is an exceptional fit with corporate business- or giving priorities, or when there is significant employee involvement in the effort.

Grant Review Process

Grant applications are accepted online. Organizations designated as 501(c)3 public charities by the IRS are eligible. Accredited schools are eligible for our Education Partnership competitive grants. Awards are made primarily in areas where Dominion provides retail electricity or natural gas services. Contributions are also made in selected areas where Dominion has significant facilities or business interests.

Requests are considered quarterly by our Community Investment Boards – statewide and regional committees comprised of Dominion employees representing key geographic, business and functional areas. Any grants larger than $25,000 must be recommended by the CIB and subsequently approved by the Dominion Foundation Board, which meets quarterly. The total review process may take from two to six months. Groups requesting large or first-time grants should allow additional time for review. 

Requests from K-12 school programs and post-secondary institutions are considered on a competitive basis. Applications are accepted in the early Spring, and decisions are announced during the early Summer. Awards are made in August.

Organizations requesting support renewal should submit applications before September 1. This enables the request to be considered when staff is developing the next year’s Dominion Foundation budget. Our fiscal year is the calendar year. Requests are not automatically renewed.

Dominion receives funding requests far in excess of our Foundation and corporate contribution budgets. This means regrettably we must often decline support for otherwise worthy proposals. Such a response does not reflect on the value of the organization or its services.

Application Process

Before you apply for a grant or contribution, we recommend that you review Grant Guidelines and Restrictions, as well as Frequently Asked Questions. If your organization meets the eligibility requirements, you can start the application process by completing the eligibility quiz.

If you pass the quiz, you will receive a password that is assigned only to your organization and will enable you to access our online application. You will be able to save and edit your applications prior to submittal.

Once submitted, your application will be sent to the geographic area where you are located. Corporate Philanthropy staff members will review applications submitted for their areas and will respond in a timely manner.

Requests are considered quarterly by our Community Investment Boards – statewide and regional committees comprised of Dominion employees representing key geographic, business and functional areas. Any grants larger than $25,000 must be recommended by the CIB and subsequently approved by the Dominion Foundation Board, which meets quarterly. The total review process may take from two to six months. Groups requesting large or first-time grants should allow additional time for review.

Helpful Hints

All applicants are asked to upload:

  • List of other sources of financial support (both committed and pending)
  • Current board members and affiliations

Organizations that have not received funding from The Dominion Foundation in the past three years are also asked to upload:

  • Latest IRS determination letter indicating 501(c)3 status
  • Most recent audited financial statement
Contact Us

If you have questions about the Dominion Foundation or the company’s corporate contributions program, please email us.

Recent Grants

Dominion Grant Supports Riverton Boat Landing Renovation

  • A $25K grant from the Dominion Foundation and a 5-month project involving Dominion volunteers and a consortium of 16 companies has resulted in the renovation of the Riverton Boat Landing, located just outside the town of Front Royal, VA. View a video to learn more.

Dominion Awards $1 million to Colleges and Universities in Six States

  • The Dominion Foundation awarded $1 million to colleges and universities throughout six states as part of the Higher Educational  Partnership.  Grants support workforce development in the fields of:  business, craft, engineering, environment, energy and technical. View the awards for the 2012-13 academic year funded as part of the Dominion Higher Educational Partnership.

K-12 Educational Grants Awarded to 78 Schools

  • The Dominion Foundation has awarded educational grants to 78 schools and institutions for the 2012-13 school year. View a list of the recipients.
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