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Charitable Giving

At Nicor Gas, we believe that part of our corporate responsibility is to give back to our communities, and our philanthropic focus is designed to make a meaningful impact in the communities we serve.

Coronavirus Update

Nicor Gas continuously evaluates our Corporate Giving Program to determine the best support strategy for current and future COVID-19 relief efforts. Our grant review and awarding processes may experience delays while we assess our giving for 2021 as the pandemic continues impacting our customers and communities.

Thank you for patience during these unprecedented times.

Charitable Giving Guidelines

We focus our energy on five distinct areas of giving to drive meaningful impact in our communities and accept grant requests for all categories throughout the year.

Basic Human Needs and Energy Assistance

A healthy and stable community is a thriving community. We invest in programs that provide individuals in our communities with the basic necessities that promote wellness and stability, from energy and food assistance, to healthcare, family services and combatting homelessness. Our close partnership with the United Way began in 1954 and we work extensively with nonprofits such as Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and more.

Community Enrichment

Strong communities depend on good citizens working together. We invest in nonprofit organizations with programs that contribute to the vitality, sustainability and livability of our neighborhoods.


The many facets of our diversity make our company better and our communities stronger. We invest in both organizational and supplier diversity programs that promote diversity and inclusion opportunities, education and access to resources for the under-served and under-represented individuals and businesses in our workforce and communities.


The path to social mobility and enhanced opportunities includes education and career readiness. Our primary focus is on institutions that offer areas of study - like STEM - that are important to developing the future workforce. We are dedicated to supporting equitable educational and career opportunities that prepare students for a bright future. 

Environmental Stewardship

Natural gas is a clean and efficient fuel alternative. We are committed to protecting our environment and invest in nonprofit organizations with programs that contribute to clean air, conservation and green space.

Please note that Nicor Gas can consider grant requests only from those organizations classified as 501(c)(3), tax-exempt by the IRS. Nicor Gas does not contribute to individuals, religious organizations or private K-12 schools.

Charitable Contributions

A few examples of our contribution recipients by pillar:

Basic Human Needs and Energy Assistance
American Red Cross
Housing Forward
Northern Illinois Food Bank

Community Enrichment
Habitat for Humanity
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
Metropolitan Family Services

100 Black Men of Chicago
Chinese American Service League
National Museum of Mexican Art

Illinois FIRST Robotics
Illinois Fire Chiefs Education and Research Foundation
Junior Achievement

Environmental Stewardship
Chicago Wilderness
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
Morton Arboretum


United for United Way

Nicor Gas is proud of our long association with United Way - a close partnership that began in 1954 and continues today.

By helping fund more than 1,000 health and human service agencies throughout northern Illinois, United Way enriches, strengthens and nurtures communities to make them more vibrant places to live and work.

How to Submit a Grant Request

If your organization would like to submit a request for a contribution, please email the required information below to the following e-mail address:

Your request must include:

  • A brief background of the organization (two pages or less) and its Board membership list.
  • The organization's mission statement.
  • A legible and most recent copy of the organization's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt letter.
  • A clear statement of the project for which funds are needed.
  • The amount the organization requests for the project.
  • Sources of other support for the project and current financial statement of the organization.

Grants are most likely to be awarded to organizations that fall into one of the five focus areas noted above and whose programs benefit those within Nicor Gas’ service area.

Contributions are not made to:

  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Individuals
  • Sporting teams
  • Social or recreational groups
  • Primary or secondary schools
  • Religious-based organizations in support of their sacramental or theological functions
  • Political parties, groups or candidates
  • Endowment or debt reduction drives