Charitable Grants 2nd Quarter 2022

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(CUMMING, GA)  The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that their Board has approved the granting of over $47,000 for local charities.  The funds were generated in part from co-op members participation through Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up Program.

Operation Round Up allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar.  The money is directed into the Foundation and 100% is then administered by grants to charitable organizations by its voluntary Board of Directors. On average, participating members will contribute about $6 per year. 

At its 2nd Quarter meeting, the Foundation Board approved $47,351 for following local charitable organizations:

Charitable Organizations

  • American Legion, Cumming Post 307
  • Operation Appreciation, Inc.
  • Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc.
  • Forsyth County Certified Literate Community Program, Inc.
  • MUST Ministries, Inc.
  • Prevent Blindness Georgia
  • Safe Boating Lake Lanier, Inc.
  • Champions Community Foundation, Inc.
  • C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation
  • Rachel’s Gift
  • ACT Together Ministries
  • KARE for Kids, Inc.
  • Camp Kudzu, Inc.
  • ALS Association of Georgia, Inc.
  • The Place of Forsyth County, Inc.
  • Junior Achievement of Georgia, Inc.
  • Kilough Elementary PTO

“Sawnee EMC members have a unique opportunity to support Operation Round Up and give back to their local communities,” states Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs.

Each month, approximately 15,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill to the next highest dollar.  This extra change goes directly to the Sawnee Foundation and these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3.8 Million back into local communities since its inception in 2003.

To learn more about Sawnee EMC Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program and the Foundation, visit or contact Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs, at 678-455-1399 or via email

About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 191,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia.  The Sawnee Electric Foundation was created in 2003 with the mission of providing charitable donations within the Sawnee communities.  The Foundation exists to enhance the way of life for those in need, with financial assistance to selected charitable organizations. Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.