Caring for Michigan's Communities: Consumers Energy Contributes More Than $8 Million to State's Nonprofit Organizations in 2013

 Caring for Michigan's Communities: Consumers Energy Contributes More Than $8
              Million to State's Nonprofit Organizations in 2013

PR Newswire

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 17, 2014

JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Michigan nonprofit organizations
received more than $8 million in contributions in 2013 from Consumers Energy,
its employees, retirees, its Foundation and the utility's parent company, CMS

"In this extremely cold winter and all year, we work to fulfill our Promise to
care for the communities we serve," said David Mengebier, Consumers Energy's
senior vice president of governmental and public affairs and president of the
Consumers Energy Foundation.

"Helping Michigan residents in need today creates opportunities for our
state's future and supports the strategic work being done by many nonprofit

Three million dollars of the contributions in 2013 went to organizations that
provide direct energy assistance to those in need, including The Heat and
Warmth Fund (THAW), $1.5 million; TrueNorth Community Services, $1 million;
and The Salvation Army, $500,000.

The United Way also received significant support, with $1.7 million going to
58 local United Way organizations.Of that amount, $1.1 million was
contributed by employees and retirees.

Other highlights of Consumers Energy's contributions in 2013:

  o$2.7 million to support 994 projects, focusing on education, social
    welfare, community, civic and cultural development and the environment.
  o$1 million to early childhood initiatives and basic needs programs from a
    CMS Energy donor-advised fund.Those grants included a $200,000 grant for
    Michigan 2-1-1, providing local matching funds to maintain the service in
    communities across the state.
  o$221,225 to 430 nonprofit organizations on behalf of 531 employees and
    retirees through the Volunteer Investment Program (VIP).Organizations
    supported by employees and retirees with volunteer time may receive grants
    of $100 to $500 or more through this program.
  o$11,250 to 45 nonprofit organizations on behalf of 697 employees through
    the Caring for Community grant program. This is a new program recognizing
    the efforts of teams of employees volunteering for a nonprofit
    organization or event.
  o$110,217 of the foundation's Matching Gifts program was utilized to match
    employee and retiree donations for 28 higher education institutions, 15
    community foundations, and 65 food banks, food pantries, and homeless
    shelters across the state.

"What is striking is the diversity of ways in which our employees and retirees
contributed to communities throughout Michigan. Our combined efforts make a
difference in communities in which our employees live, work and play,"
Mengebier said.

Notable 2013 grants included:

  o$200,000 to Michigan State University's College of Engineering to support
    its residential experience program for engineering students
  o$100,000 to the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan to
    support the Michigan Economic Impact Coalition to promote, support and
    build capacity for free income tax preparation services to financially
    vulnerable families, individuals and children in the state
  o$100,000 to the Grand Action Foundation for construction of the Grand
    Rapids Downtown Market
  o$50,000 to the Nature Conservancy – Michigan Chapter for an aquatic
    invasive species initiative that will benefit Michigan and all Great Lakes
  o$50,000 to Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation for the re-routing and
    restoration of Kids Creek in Traverse City
  o$50,000 to the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan supporting renovations of a
    warehouse facility in Flint
  o$50,000 to Goodwill Industries of Southwest Michigan in Kalamazoo to
    support its Read & Seed Family Literacy Program
  o$50,000 to Saginaw Valley State University for its 50^th anniversary, with
    grants for a new sculpture garden at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture
    Museum and engineering programs supporting Great Lakes Bay area students.
  o$50,000 to Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills for its
    "Young Scientists"  program that provides science, technology, engineering
    and math experiences for students in the Flint Community Schools
  o$50,000 to the Community Foundation for Muskegon County to support
    construction of a Muskegon Farmers Market in the downtown area
  o$50,000 to the Michigan 4-H Foundation to support improvements at the
    organization's Kettunen Center in Tustin

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 foundation, go to

Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest utility, is the principal subsidiary of
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and electricity to 6.6 million
of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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Contact: Brian Wheeler, 517-788-2394 or Dan Bishop, 517-788-2395
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