Alliant Energy Foundation: Area nonprofits receive more than $122,000 in grants

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Area nonprofits receive more than $122,000 in grants

Awards from the Alliant Energy Foundation help fund community projects

MADISON, Wis. – May 27, 2015 – Twenty-three area nonprofit organizations are receiving community grants totaling more than $122,000 from the Alliant Energy Foundation in its first of two 2015 giving cycles.

Among those earning grants from the Alliant Energy Foundation are:

· Urban League of Greater Madison, $17,500 for ADVANCE Employment Services

· Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, $20,500 for JA Career & Life Ready

· Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona, $5,000 for High-Tech Meets High-Touch programs

· Clean Lakes Alliance, $5,000 for Yahara Pride Farms Innovation Initiatives

· Operation Fresh Start, Inc., Madison, $5,000 for the Transitions program

· The Salvation Army, Madison, $5,000 for its Family Shelter

· YWCA of Madison, $5,000 for the YWeb Career Academy

Also receiving grants are: Wisconsin Literacy, Inc. of Madison, Literacy Network, Inc., Wheels for Winners, Inc. of Madison, Madison Audubon Society, Madison Public Library Foundation, Madison Children’s Museum, Inc., Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, Inc., River Alliance of Wisconsin, Northside Planning Council, East Madison Community Center, Inc., Domestic Abuse Intervention Services, Inc., Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland Council, Inc., Malcolm Shabazz City High School, Independent Living, Inc., Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens, Inc., and the Vera Court Neighborhood Center.

“This was one of our most competitive grant cycles ever,” said Julie Bauer, executive director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “These nonprofit organizations do so much for our communities, and we are proud to partner with them to help the people their programs serve, especially in the areas of Helping Families, Education and the Environment.”

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. Its expenses and programs are not included in rates charged to utility customers. The Alliant Energy Foundation and Alliant Energy have given more than $46 million since the Foundation’s inception. To learn more about the Alliant Energy Foundation, visit