At least 10% of the
CenterPoint Energy Foundation’s annual budget supports our diversity, equity and inclusion giving strategy.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION GIVING
Through our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I), the CenterPoint Energy Foundation will support our core giving areas of Education and Community Vitality, develop relationships with new and existing non-profit partners, and work to ensure our partnerships have long-term impact.
2021 DE&I Giving
In 2021, The CenterPoint Energy Foundation contributed $7,449,019 million to DE&I giving initiatives.
Community Vitality | $5,054,500
Education | $2,337,019
Local Initiative | $12,500
DE&I Strategic Giving Pillars
- Diverse literature
- Minority student exposure to STEM
- Diverse talent pipeline
- Investment in racially diverse neighborhoods
- Improved quality of life
- Diverse leadership and board of directors
- Support under-served communities
Enhance focus on board and organizational diversity when evaluating funding requests
CenterPoint Energy Foundation Grant DE&I Highlights
Downtown Evansville Community Development Corporation | $1 million CenterPoint Energy Square
- A vacant block in the heart of Downtown Evansville will be transformed into a park and housing project with funding from the CenterPoint Energy Foundation. The funding will help the park become a vibrant hub of year-round activity, entertainment, eating and community connection.
Complete Communities Initiative | $2.8 million
- An initiative of Mayor Turner, Complete Communities seeks to improve the quality of life of under-resourced neighborhoods in the city of Houston. The CenterPoint Energy Foundation supported three projects in 2021 in Acres Home and Sunnyside specifically, along with home weatherization throughout all of the Complete Communities.
Hoosiers Read | $1 million Dolly Parton Imagination Library
- The CenterPoint Energy Foundation contributed $1 million to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to four counties throughout Indiana – Madison, Monroe, Vigo and Vanderburgh. The funding will provide a free book a month to children aged 5 and under in those counties.
SERJobs | $200,000 Outreach to Opportunity
- SERJobs is completing a new Workforce Training Center as well as an innovative new strategy for reaching and serving low-income individuals in need, particularly Opportunity Youth (youth aged 16-24 who are disconnected from school/work). Funding provided will help SERJobs launch new career training pathways and GED classes, establish two social enterprises, provide hands-on paid work experience opportunities and double the number of individuals served annually.