Philanthropy, a stabilizing force in uncertain times

The PSEG Foundation Opens COVID-19
Grant Process

In times of need, especially during the humanitarian crisis of COVID-19 that is causing tremendous hardship for so many people, I’m pleased that the PSEG Foundation launched a program earlier in April that will provide relief and support to nonprofits that are working countless hours on the front lines in their communities.

As a member of the PSEG Foundation team, I find our ability to support the community rewarding, and I’m grateful that my passion for helping others – especially helping vulnerable communities – has developed into my career. I am proud to work for a company that values the importance of being an involved citizen, making a difference in the lives of so many.

In this time of social distancing and heightened anxiety, I am reminded of another era when there was significant fear and uncertainty about the spread of a disease – a time that awakened my sense of compassion and wanting to help others.

As a teenager in the 1980s, I saw firsthand the fear surrounding the AIDS epidemic, around the unknown and around human interactions. I felt compelled to learn as much as I could and how I might contribute to stopping the fear that too often followed. I channeled that passion for understanding and helping into my seventh-grade science project on the AIDS epidemic, which won first place at my school and went on to win in the Hudson County Science Fair.

I was pleased to win, but mostly I was pleased to help better the world by educating classmates and my community about the disease. That experience may seem small, but it was just the beginning of my desire to make a difference in the world. Today, I’m thrilled to be a part of the PSEG Foundation and its aim to help those affected by the coronavirus.

On April 14, the PSEG Foundation proudly committed $2.5 million to respond and support the health, social and economic support so desperately needed.

  • Neighborhood COVID-19 Pandemic RFP – Local nonprofits demonstrating support, services and impact from the COVID-19 pandemic may submit a grant application for consideration, subject to certain guidelines. This special RFP will be open from April 20 to May 31. Please review our giving guidelines for this program before starting an application. Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Please visit our website for complete details, including these and other guidelines: Applicants must be organizations that are an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) or 170(b) and the organization or program must reside or benefit the places where we do business.

We understand that so many are struggling, and we are eager help our communities today and into the future as we make our way through this pandemic.

Maria Spina, PSEG Foundation Program Manager

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