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(CUMMING, GA) Since its inception in 2003, the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), has returned over $4 Million of member donations back to local communities served by Sawnee EMC.

The funds for these projects are raised, in part, from Sawnee EMC members through the Operation Round Up Program, a charitable program unique to electric cooperatives and is designed to give members a means of working together to use their small change to make an impact in their local communities.

Below are a few examples of the impact the Sawnee Electric Foundation has made in the community thanks to the members who choose to round up their electric bill each month and allowed the Sawnee Electric Foundation Board of Directors to award over $294,000 back to our local communities during 2023.

  • $118,537 donated to local charitable 501(c)(3) organizations such as The Place of Forsyth, MUST Ministries in Cherokee County, Senior Services North Fulton, Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County, Inc. and many more throughout the seven (7) counties that Sawnee EMC serves, to continue to do good work within the communities. 
  • $20,217 in Bright Ideas teacher grants. Through this program, local teachers throughout Sawnee EMC’s service area can apply for grants to implement innovative projects that may not have otherwise been implemented. For example, the Foundation awarded Mr. Mike Yeager, a physics teacher at East Forsyth High School, a grant to purchase the materials needed to conduct experiments about rotational motion in an exciting way for his students.
  • $38,730 to assist local schools with funding school lunches for children who may not have the means to purchase a hot lunch.
  • $100,000 in youth scholarships for graduating high school seniors who reside in Sawnee EMC’s service area and are pursuing their secondary education at a trade school, college or university. 
  • $17,500 in emergency funds to assist Sawnee EMC members who lost their home due to a fire.

“If I had to select one word about the Foundation, it would be local”, states Evonda Mathis, Sawnee Electric Foundation Chairman. She further states, “I find a great deal of joy volunteering my time serving on the Sawnee Electric Foundation Board of Directors and ensuring that the funds that are “rounded up” go right back to those same local communities.”

To learn more about Sawnee EMC Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program and the Foundation, visit sawnee.com/oru.  For 501 (c)(3) or 501 (c)(4) organizations or local teachers interested in applying for a grant visit sawnee.com/foundation-round-up.  Questions can be directed to Mandy Love, Director of Marketing, at 678-455-1579 or via email mandy.love@sawnee.com.


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 173,400 members in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia.  Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members.

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.


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