Local grant recipients in 2015 included the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Pinellas, Pasco and Polk County Education Foundations, American Red Cross of Tampa Bay, Dr. Carter G. Woodson African-American Museum and Ruth Eckerd Hall, along with dozens of others.
"Giving back to the communities we serve is an integral part of Duke Energy's philosophy," said Alex Glenn, Duke Energy state president - Florida. "We look forward to continuing our legacy of providing community support through charitable giving and employee volunteerism in 2016 and beyond."
The company also invested more than $1 million in public education programs throughout the state last year, including more than $265,000 that helped established after school science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs at 44 schools in Pinellas County and $85,000 to the University of South Florida - St. Petersburg.
Since 2000, Duke Energy has given more than $55 million to Florida charitable organizations.
The grants are administered through the Duke Energy Foundation, which provides philanthropic support to address the needs vital to the health of our communities, with a focus on education, environment, economic and workforce development and community impact.
The foundation annually funds more than $25 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's six-state service area.
Additionally, Duke Energy Florida employees volunteered more than 45,000 hours of community service within the last five years through the "Duke Energy in Action" program. In 2015, employees participated in dozens of volunteer events in the Tampa Bay area including cleaning up Clearwater Beach, visiting veterans at the BayPines VA hospital and organizing food, clothing and school supply drives for those in need, just to name a few. Click here to see a video highlighting Duke Energy Florida volunteer events.