We have a strong history of supporting the communities we live in. We take pride in not only providing great service to our customers, but also in helping to maintain and enhance our region’s quality of life.
Each year we continue to provide donations, organize fundraisers and volunteer our time with a focus on supporting the many charitable and community projects centered around improving the lives of those living throughout Florida.
We are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and a good neighbor. Our company investments, community partnerships and employee giving help to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
We sponsor and donate to programs directly related to the company's business objectives:
Employee Giving Program
FPL employees have a strong tradition and history of supporting United Way and other nonprofits in their community. Through the company's annual employee giving campaign, employees make pledges through payroll deductions and special event fundraising. In 2020, our company and our employees contributed more than $19 million to support wide-ranging initiatives and causes that contribute to the well-being of our local communities.
Educational Matching Gifts
NextEra Energy provides a dollar-for-dollar match of employee gifts to eligible high schools, colleges and universities. Since 2003, the NextEra Energy Foundation has provided matches totaling $3.8 million.
In the past, FPL has provided assistance to areas impacted by major weather events. In 2018, FPL crews deployed four times to assist in power restoration efforts after a natural disaster, some working six months away from home. They helped restore power in the Bayamon region of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; in the Carolinas, Florida’s Panhandle and Georgia in some of the hardest hit areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael; and in Northern California to areas devastated by the Camp Fire. NextEra Energy donated over $2.3 million to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael and Dorian in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Most recently, in 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NextEra Energy and our employees committed more than $5.2 million in emergency assistance funds that is being distributed directly to those in need and to partner organizations to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve.
We work hard to power thriving communities throughout Northwest Florida by providing support - in the form of both manpower and donations - to organizations that work with our homeless and poor populations. Through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, area food banks and others, we help provide support for those seeking and maintaining better living and independence.
Our teammates contribute to area United Way agencies through fundraising efforts and volunteer projects. In 2018, our teammates, both active and retired, donated more than half a million dollars to United Way agencies. More than 80 employees also worked to make a difference within the community through United Way's annual Day of Caring.
Each holiday season, our teammates take part in Communities Caring at Christmas. This is a project which provides gifts to children in need throughout Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In 2018, employees made the season brighter for many families by raising $50,000 and donating 165 bicycles and helmets.
This program provides emergency assistance to our neighbors who need help with energy bills and other energy-related needs. The program assists the elderly, the disabled, the sick and others who are experiencing financial hardship.
NextEra Energy Foundation partners with and invests in nonprofit organizations throughout Northwest Florida. We aim to build strong and sustainable communities, improving the lives of our customers through innovation, sustainability, opportunity and safety.
Quarterly grant deadlines:
Florida Power & Light Company has a long history of working to provide reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible electricity to our customers. Through our dedication to the communities we serve and our commitment to the environment, we have invested in what matters to the future of Florida.