Helping Hands: Philanthropic Efforts Throughout Southern California Benefit Residents, Many of Them SCE Customers

Last year, Edison International gave more than $19 million to nonprofits, funds paid entirely by the company’s shareholders.

August 26, 2013 | By Robert Laffoon Villegas

Edison International gave $19.2 million to 1,330 nonprofits across Central, Coastal and Southern California in 2012, making it one of the largest corporate contributors in the entire region. Investing time and money in the communities it serves has been a long tradition at the company, where making a difference is a main focus of its Community Investment Program.

“Whether we’re focused on improving access to educational opportunities, protecting the environment or working together to support vibrant and diverse neighborhoods, we are committed to being a good corporate citizen that has a positive impact on our region,” said Ted Craver, chairman, president & CEO of Edison International in the company’s 2012 Community Giving Report.

Edison International’s Corporate Giving effort is focused on four priority areas: education, the environment, public safety and preparedness, and civic engagement. In addition to corporate donations, nonprofits last year also received $3.9 million raised by Edison employees and $5.3 million in estimated volunteer time.

A variety of community-based organizations have partnered with Edison International over the years. Some provide direct client services or work on behalf of local communities such as the American Red Cross. Last year, the company committed $1.5 million in a partnership with the Red Cross to launch Prepare SoCal, a three-year emergency preparedness campaign to prepare Southern Californians for large-scale natural disasters.

Edison also partnered with nonprofit organizations and universities and colleges to provide $2.9 million in scholarship grants to deserving students throughout Southern California Edison (SCE)’s service region. Fifty percent of the overall funding went to education and was distributed to groups and individuals with a focus on science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM). 

Another area Edison International focuses on in its philanthropic efforts is in the public policy arena, focusing on groups that benefit Southern California residents. The Southern California Leadership Council and the California Foundation on the Environment and the Economy address issues of water and energy supply reliability and environmental and economic issues. 

Other groups the company collaborates with work on the challenges faced by Southern California residents and policymakers alike. The Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the National Association of Latino Elected Officials work on civil rights issues, including encouraging participation in the political and civic arena, while groups that work on environmental issues include the California State Parks Foundation and the Nature Conservancy California Chapter.

These are just a few of the groups Edison International has partnered with over its 127-year history and helps illustrate the company’s commitment to the communities it serves. For more details, see the 2012 Edison International Community Giving Report.

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