Consumers Energy Contributes $10 Million to Michigan Nonprofits in 2012

   Consumers Energy Contributes $10 Million to Michigan Nonprofits in 2012

Part of Promise to Care for Michigan Communities

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., March 13, 2013

JACKSON, Mich., March 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Michigan nonprofit
organizations received $10 million in contributions in 2012 from Consumers
Energy, its employees, retirees, its Foundation, and the utility's parent
company, CMS Energy.

"Our company and its employees are committed to this state and the communities
we serve," said David Mengebier, senior vice president of governmental and
public affairs and president of the Consumers Energy Foundation. "A big part
of our promise to be a good neighbor is helping those in need and doing our
part to make this state a better place for everyone to work and live."

Half of the contributions in 2012 went to organizations that provide direct
assistance to those in need including: The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW), $3
million; The Salvation Army, $1 million, and TrueNorth Community Services, $1
million. The United Way also received significant support from CE with $1.7
million going to 56 local United Way organizations. Of that amount, $1.1
million was contributed by employees.

To help celebrate the company's 125^th anniversary, the Consumers Energy
Foundation also conducted a special matching grant program in 2012 to provide
support for priority projects in 10 Michigan communities. Those grants, which
generated $2.5 million in total support, went to projects selected by local
leaders as important for their communities.

Other highlights of Consumers Energy's contributions in 2012 included the
following:

  o$3.9 million from the Consumers Energy Foundation and CMS Energy provided
    to support 973 projects. That support focused on education, social
    welfare, community, civic and cultural activities, and the environment.
  o$1 million to early childhood initiatives and basic needs programs
    received in contributions from a CMS Energy donor-advised fund. Those
    grants included $62,500 for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Jackson County for
    a school-based mentoring initiative and a host of grants for child care
    scholarships.
  o$213,475 was awarded to 424 nonprofit organizations on behalf of 531
    employees and retirees through its Volunteer Investment Program (VIP).
    Through this program, organizations supported by employees and retirees
    with volunteer time may receive grants of $100 to $500 or more.
  o$121,942 of the foundation's Matching Gifts program was utilized in order
    to match employee and retiree donations for 34 higher education
    institutions, 20 community foundations, and 64 food banks, food pantries,
    and homeless shelters across the state.

"Since 1886, we've been a part of Michigan's fabric. By volunteering or making
financial contributions, we are striving to leave communities across the Great
Lakes State better than we found them – and in 2012, we did just that," added
Mengebier.

Individual notable 2012 grants included:

  o$100,000 to the Gerald R. Ford Foundation in Grand Rapids to support the
    Legacy of Integrity capital campaign to construct an education wing,
    featuring a student learning center, at the Ford presidential library
  o$60,000 to the Child Care Network to support child care scholarships for
    families in Jackson County
  o$50,000 to Michigan Technological University in Houghton, to support the
    Dennis Wiitanen Professorship in Electric Power Systems
  o$40,000 to Grand Valley State University in Muskegon to support the
    construction of the Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute Field
    Station
  o$35,000 to the Michigan Department of Military and Veteran Affairs to
    support an outreach initiative designed to assist veterans with access to
    benefits to which they and their dependents are eligible
  o$33,000 to the Michigan Association of United Ways to support the Michigan
    Benefits Access Initiative, a public-private partnership providing
    Michigan families in need with local, one-stop access to all available
    benefits
  o$30,000 to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan to support renovations
    and expansion of the organization's distribution facility in Fort Custer
    Industrial Park in Battle Creek
  o$30,000 to the Manistee County Community Foundation to support the
    restoration and reopening of the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown
    Manistee
  o$30,000 to the Michigan Theatre of Jackson to support a special window and
    door replacement project
  o$30,000 to the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency to support child
    care scholarships for families in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska,
    Leelanau, and Manistee counties
  o$30,000 to the Great Start Collaborative of Jackson County to support the
    2012 Imagination Library program.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy.
It provides funding for a variety of areas including education, community,
civic and cultural development, social services, the environment, and emerging
issues. For more information about the Consumers Energy Foundation, visit its
website at: www.consumersenergy.com/foundation

Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), provides
natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of Michigan's 10 million
residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

For more information about Consumers Energy, visit our Website at
www.consumersenergy.com

SOURCE Consumers Energy

Website: http://www.consumersenergy.com
Contact: Dan Bishop, +1-517-788-2395; or Tom Lambert, +1-517-788-1411
 
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