Charitable Grants 4th 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 $28,300 to six (6) local charities and seven (7) teacher projects.  The funds were generated, in part, from cooperative members who participate in Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up Program each month.

Giving Tuesday, a worldwide event to celebrate generosity, is November 29th. With this date approaching, Sawnee EMC members are encouraged, if they so choose, to participate in Operation Round Up, by rounding up their most recent billing statement, signing up on a regular basis or making a one-time donation online at  Operation Round Up allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar.  The money is directed to the Foundation and 100% is then administered by grants to charitable organizations by the Foundation’s voluntary Board of Directors.  On average, participating members will contribute about $6 per year.

At its 4th Quarter meeting, the Foundation Board approved grants to the following entities:

Charitable Organizations

  • North Metro Miracle League
  • Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc.
  • Forsyth County Lions Charities, Inc.
  • Fill Ministries, Inc.
  • Senior Services North Fulton
  • Northview Techno Titans Robotics Foundation 

Bright Ideas – Teacher Grants

  • New Hope Elementary School – Ms. Angela Wilson
  • Free Home Elementary School – Mr. Keith Furstenberg
  • DeSana Middle School – Ms. Chekema Hector
  • North Forsyth High School – Ms. Charlotte Stevens
  • Cumming Elementary School – Ms. Susan Brady
  • West Forsyth High School – Ms. Kristina Strickland
  • Whitlow Elementary School – Ms. Amanda 

“Through Round Up, Sawnee EMC members have a unique opportunity to support the Foundation and give back to their community,” 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  For 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) organizations or local teachers interested in applying for grant visit  Questions can be directed to 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.