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Giving back to the communities we serve   

Tags: Avista Utilities, Community Service, Environment

Avista introduces its first annual report on the company’s philanthropic activities
 
Post by Jessie Wuerst 
 
If you look and listen closely enough, you’ll see or hear our name pretty frequently in every community we serve. Not just on the service trucks working in your neighborhood or among those talking about energy bills in the grocery store. We’re here in your community doing what you do…supporting the local Chamber of Commerce, the parks programs, the colleges and universities, the after-school programs and many, many other non-profit organizations. We’ve quietly done this for more than 120 years, and we thought it was time to share some of the stories with you.

Today Avista launched our first annual report on the company’s philanthropic activities. The online report, “Avista Cares -- 2010 Philanthropy Report,” provides an overview of charitable donations made to non-profit organizations in our service territory as of Dec. 31, 2010. Funding for these contributions comes from company profits or endowed funds through the Avista Foundation and is not paid for by customers.

In 2010, we gave more than $2 million through donations and grants to non-profits in the communities we serve. These organizations are providing important services that are vital to the people who call those communities home. We believe that investing in philanthropic endeavors strengthens the fabric of communities, and enhances quality of life and community vitality.

The online report highlights Avista’s areas of focus for philanthropy in 2010: health and human services, education, youth development, environmental, arts and culture and community vitality.  In addition, the report includes lists of representative grants made in each area of focus in 2010 and information about giving by the company’s employees. 

We chose to put the report online to make it easier for you to access. It also is in keeping with our commitment to sustainable business practices – by not using paper, ink and energy to produce a printed report.

We hope you find the information of interest. Let us know what you think.
 
Posted by  System Account  on  4/28/2011
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