Alliant Energy Foundation: Provides $63,000 to Madison area non-profits

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Urban League, Overture Center, Habitat for Humanity and MSO among those receiving funding

MADISON, Wis. – August 27, 2012 – The Alliant Energy Foundation recently provided $63,000 to 26 Madison area non-profit groups through the second cycle of its 2012 Community Grants Program. The Madison area grants ranged from $500 to $15,000 with funding focused primarily on education, culture/arts and human needs.

“Alliant Energy has a strong presence in the Madison area and our employees spend hundreds of hours volunteering here every year,” said Julie Bauer, Alliant Energy Foundation Executive Director. “Our foundation serves as an extension of our corporate and employee commitment to greater Madison and we will continue to support charitable causes that benefit the community.”

Among the 26 charitable organizations receiving funding were the Urban League of Greater Madison, the Overture Center for the Arts, Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, and the Madison Symphony Orchestra.

The Urban League received $15,000 for its work readiness program for unemployed and under employed adults in Dane County. The Overture Center was awarded $7,000 for its Tommy Awards that recognize excellence in high school musical theater. Habitat for Humanity garnered a $2,500 grant to support its Tool Trailers program. The one-time initiative seeks to attain four enclosed cargo trailers for the safe transport and construction site storage of the tools used to build homes. Finally, the Madison Symphony Orchestra obtained $4,000 for HeartStrings – a program that brings MSO musicians to facilities with aging populations, to children and adults with developmental disabilities and individuals with assisted living needs.

The Alliant Energy Foundation Community Grants Program awarded $335,000 in grants during its second grant cycle this year, bringing the year-to-date total to over $750,000 provided to more than 400 non-profit organizations and communities so far. The deadline for the final grant cycle this year is September 15. The online application is available at

The Alliant Energy Foundation is a philanthropic organization created by Alliant Energy Corporation and is operated as a separate entity led by its own board of directors. The Foundation is committed to making a positive difference in the communities where Alliant Energy employees, retirees and customers live and work. The Foundation, which is funded solely by Alliant Energy shareowners, seeks to further the corporation’s goal of being a good corporate citizen and contributing member of society. Since 1998, the Foundation has contributed more than $37 million to innovative projects and local non-profits. For more information, visit