Duke Energy helps protect and restore North Carolina's wildlife and natural resources with $1.1 million contribution

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  • 11 organizations will benefit from environmental grants

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Duke Energy is providing more than $1.1 million to support 11 North Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state.

"North Carolina is home to some of the nation's most beautiful and treasured natural resources," said Stephen De May, Duke Energy's North Carolina president. "We are proud to support initiatives that protect wildlife and natural resources and encourage people to enjoy and care for their surrounding environment."

Each organization received a $100,000 grant to support environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and educational programs that will improve the environment in their communities.

The Conservation Trust of North Carolina, for example, will use its grant to provide service opportunities for diverse youth and young adults to complete high priority conservation projects across the state.

"Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) is honored to continue our partnership with Duke Energy Foundation for a fourth year," said Chris Canfield, CTNC Executive Director. "The Youth Conservation Corps program is an integral part of CTNC's mission to engage North Carolina's young people in community-based conservation projects. Their participation builds a sense of pride and ownership in preserving their natural and public lands for years to come."

Here is a complete list of the 11 grant recipients with project summaries.

The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy's seven-state service area. In 2017, the company donated more than $19 million to nonprofit organizations in North Carolina.  

Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of communities where its customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. More information about the Duke Energy Foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

The Duke Energy Foundation is solely funded by Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE: DUK) shareholder dollars.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S., with approximately 29,000 employees and a generating capacity of 49,500 megawatts. The company is transforming its customers' experience, modernizing its energy grid, generating cleaner energy and expanding its natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves.

A Fortune 125 company, Duke Energy was named to Fortune's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' 2018 "America's Best Employers" list.

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