Duke Energy Foundation gives $75K for teacher grants in North Carolina

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Duke Energy Foundation today announced a $75,000 matching gift to DonorsChoose.org to assist teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

According to program guidelines, public school teachers can submit STEM project proposals to Donorschoose.org, where anyone can choose to help fund the project. When 50 percent of a project's request is funded through citizen donations, Duke Energy will contribute the remaining 50 percent for teachers in the company"s North Carolina service areas.

"We are so grateful for the continued support of Duke Energy. The company has been supporting public school classrooms in North Carolina through DonorsChoose.org since 2006, making them one of our most faithful supporters," said Dan Blum, director of partnerships and business development, DonorsChoose.org. "This spring, we anticipate this grant to support more than 250 classrooms, helping in excess of 6,500 North Carolina students receive the STEM materials they need to learn and thrive."

"Getting STEM resources directly into the hands of students is one of the best ways to begin a life-long interest in STEM industries," said Paul Newton, Duke Energy"s state president – North Carolina. "We appreciate the great work educators undertake preparing students for STEM careers."

Teachers should visit www.DonorsChoose.org/teachers to submit a project. Qualifying projects already posted to the site will automatically be eligible for Duke Energy"s matching funds beginning March 3.

About Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation, along with employee and retiree volunteers, actively works to improve the quality of life in its communities, lending expertise in the form of leadership and financial support through grants to charitable organizations. Duke Energy has long been committed to building and supporting the communities in which its customers and employees live and work.

In North Carolina, Duke Energy Foundation invests $16 million annually for community support and charitable contributions. To learn more about Duke Energy Foundation, visit www.duke-energy.com/community.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need. At this nonprofit website, teachers at half of all the public schools in America have created project requests, and more than a million people have donated $225 million to projects that inspire them. All told, 10 million students — most from low-income communities, and many in disaster-stricken areas — have received books, art supplies, field trips, technology, and other resources that they need to learn.

Visit www.DonorsChoose.org/intro to hear Oprah Winfrey and Stephen Colbert tell the DonorsChoose.org story. Follow DonorsChoose.org on Facebook, Instagram and @donorschoose on Twitter.