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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 three distinct areas of giving to drive meaningful impact in our communities and accept grant requests for all categories throughout the year.

Basic Customer Needs
Clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy is a basic need of our customers – and delivering that energy to our customers connects us to them a personal way. That connection drives us support other basic needs of our customers – from providing bill payment assistance, to addressing food insecurity. Nearly 11% of residents in the state of Illinois live in poverty. This number has grown significantly as a result of the economic impacts of the pandemic, and the need to support customers’ basic needs, like food, clothing, and shelter, is greater than ever.

Protect the Environment
We don’t just believe in the clean energy economy – we are the clean energy economy. This understanding drives our commitment to sustainability and the environment – from delivering renewable energy, to conserving nature that enriches the lives of our customers. Parks, gardens and nature preserves in the communities we serve provide critical opportunities for nature and wildlife to thrive, and for community wellness, education and recreation. 

Enable Economic Opportunity
We work every day to fuel a vibrant economy in Illinois. Our role in delivering the energy that enables our customers to live, work and play drives our commitment to enable economic opportunity – from creating jobs to investing in economic development. Education, job training and economic development are the building blocks to strengthen communities, our region and our state. When our customers have equitable access to education, job training and capital investment, they can build wealth, improve quality of life in communities, and contribute to a thriving economy.

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 Customer Needs
American Red Cross
Housing Forward
Northern Illinois Food Bank
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Habitat for Humanity
Operation Warm
Peoples Resource Center
PADS

Protect the Environment
Morton Arboretum
The Get Growing Foundation
Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens
Chicago Wilderness
Brookfield Zoo

Enable Economic Opportunity
United Way
Chicago United
Junior Achievement
Boys & Girls Club
Clean Energy Trust
Quad County Urban League

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

Education
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: G2NicorGasContributi@southernco.com.

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