Raleigh, N.C. —For over six decades, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives have been dedicated to reinvesting in rural communities. The Triangle chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recently honored NC’s electric cooperatives as Most Outstanding Corporation because of their impact on the communities they serve.
Among the many programs recognized were the Bright Ideas grant program for K-12 teachers, the 4-H delegate sponsorship that assists in shaping tomorrow’s leaders, support for public libraries and literacy programs to thousands of Hispanic children, and the Amber Alert program that uses lineman, field technicians and engineers to be the eyes and ears in watching out for abducted children in sparsely populated areas of the state.
“While what we’re doing in the community speaks highly about what we do, it means so much more when our work is recognized outside electric co-op communities,” said Sue Beal, Manager of Communications and Public Relations at Tri-County Electric Membership Corporation.
The Triangle chapter of the AFP is a group of leaders working to heighten public awareness of philanthropy’s important role in the community. The award ceremony acknowledged the entire spectrum of nonprofit and corporate communities.
NC’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives deliver safe and reliable electricity to more than 2.5 million people in 93 of the state’s 100 counties.