Giving Back

Giving Back

The Energy to Make a Difference

We believe the vitality of our business depends on the health of the communities where we live and work. Last year we donated over $300,000 to a variety of non-profits organizations in Virginia. In collaboration with our employees and community partners, we look for opportunities to provide funding and volunteer support of non-profit organizations in the areas of:

  • Human needs
  • Public safety
  • Community development
  • Environmental and energy sustainability
  • Leadership and science education

Eligible organizations must be a 501(c)(3) or other non-profit as determined by the Internal Revenue Service with a focus in one or more of the defined areas and have a direct impact in the communities we serve.

Recent Contributions

RACE - Are We So Different?

Our $10,000 grant to the Science Museum of Virginia partly covered the field trip expenses so that more than 300 schoolchildren could experience this groundbreaking exhibit.


Science Matters

Our ongoing sponsorship of "Science Matters" on WCVE is just one example of our commitment to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education in Virginia.


Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County

We kicked off 2012 with a $10,000 grant that will help Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County provide one-on-one mentors to children facing adversity in the community.


HeatShare Fuel Fund

Columbia Gas of Virginia provided $70,000 of energy assistance to customers in need through our HeatShare fuel fund in 2011.


Support for Emergency Responders

We support Virginia emergency responders in a variety of ways; donations to volunteer fire departments, participation in the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and natural gas safety training including hands-on training at our fire school.

In Partnership With the NiSource Foundation

We are the local representative for the NiSource Foundation, our parent company's charitable foundation. The Foundation evaluates requests on the following areas: quality, strategic potential, community impact/public benefit and management.

For more information about Columbia Gas of Virginia's Charitable Giving program or the NiSource Foundation, please contact:

Bob Innes
Director of Communications and Community Relations


Jennifer Moench
NiSource Charitable Foundation