Investing with Purpose

FirstEnergy Foundation Donates $3.4 Million to Community Organizations through Investing with Purpose Program 

The FirstEnergy Foundation has donated more than $3.4 million to nearly 100 organizations across its service territory as part of “Investing with Purpose,” a company initiative focused on supporting organizations that advance health and safety, workforce development, educational and social justice initiatives. The grants, awarded in December 2020, represent the first round of approximately $7 million in charitable contributions the Foundation will award as part of the program. 

“Investing with Purpose” was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which created health, financial and educational hardships for customers across FirstEnergy’s six-state service territory, and in response to the events of 2020 that highlighted racial and social injustices impacting our nation. With those issues in mind, FirstEnergy leaders identified philanthropic opportunities through nonprofit organizations across its service territory that are responding to needs of vulnerable populations. “Investing with Purpose” represents an additional commitment on top of the company’s annual charitable giving.

FirstEnergy Foundation is expected to finalize distribution of the remaining grants comprising the $7 million commitment in the first half of 2021. 

View the full news release here. 

Investing with Purpose grant recipients through January 2021 include:


  • 180 Turning Lives Around, NJ
  • Akron Children's Hospital, OH
  • Akron General - Cleveland Clinic, OH
  • American Red Cross, OH, PA, NJ, MD, WV
  • ARC of Washington County, MD
  • ARC of Ocean County, NJ
  • Beaver Co. Community & Law Enforcement Coalition, PA
  • Berkeley Co. Congregational Cooperative Action Project, WV
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Coastal NJ, NJ
  • Boys & Girls Club - Washington County, MD
  • Carroll Hospital Center Foundation, MD
  • City Mission of Erie, PA
  • Community Medical Center Foundation, NJ
  • Family Service Assoc. of Northeastern PA, PA
  • Garden State Equality, NJ
  • Greater Somerset County YMCA, NJ
  • HABcore Inc., NJ
  • Homeless Solutions, NJ
  • I Believe in Me Inc, MD
  • JBWS - Jersey Battered Womens Service, NJ
  • LunchBreak, NJ
  • Meritus Healthcare Foundation, MD
  • MetroHealth Foundation, OH
  • Mountain CAP of WV Inc., WV
  • Neighborhood Connections to Health, NJ
  • Opportunity House, PA
  • Reading Hospital Foundation, PA
  • Ritchie County Family Resource Network, WV
  • SARCC - Sexual Assault Resource Counseling Center, PA
  • Salvation Army - Greater Cleveland, OH
  • Spring Street Community Development, NJ
  • Stark County Hunger Task Force, OH
  • Summa Health, OH
  • United Way of Northern NJ, NJ
  • University Hospitals, OH
  • Western Maryland Health System Foundation, MD


  • 2nd and Seven Foundation, OH
  • AMHA Building for Tomorrow, OH
  • BBB Marketplace Education Initiative, Inc., OH
  • Cleveland Zoological Society, OH
  • Collier Youth Services, NJ
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
  • Family Empowerment Ministries, Inc., OH
  • Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio, OH
  • Open Doors Academy, OH
  • Pendleton Manor, WV
  • Positive Education Program, OH
  • Project Grad, OH
  • Soap Box Derby, OH
  • Students Motivated by the Arts (SMARTS), OH/PA
  • Values in Action, OH
  • Pathways for Success, NJ
  • Small Town Hope, PA
  • Sparks Foundation, PA
  • Evergreen Heritage Center Foundation, Inc., MD,PA, WV
  • Allegany College of Maryland, MD, PA, WV
  • Boy and Girls Club of NEO, OH
  • CASA, PA
  • Mercy Center for Women, PA
  • Crawford County School for Adult Education, PA
  • College Now Greater Cleveland, OH


  • American Heart Association, OH
  • BMe Networks, Inc., OH
  • Economic Growth Foundation, OH
  • Empower the Village, Inc., NJ
  • Karamu House, OH
  • LGBT Center of Greater Reading, PA
  • National Association of Minority Contractors (NEO), OH
  • New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, NJ
  • Plexus Education Foundation, OH
  • YWCA of Greater Cleveland, OH


  • Blue Ridge Community & Technical College Foundation, WV
  • Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland, PA
  • Garrett College Foundation, MD
  • Girls Inc of Washington County, MD
  • Huntingdon County Business and Industry, Inc, PA
  • May Dugan Center, OH
  • Operation Welcome Home, WV
  • PACE Enterprises of West Virginia, Inc, WV
  • Pennsylvania Women Work, PA
  • Progressive Alliance Development Corp, OH
  • SCORE Akron – Service Corps of Retired Executives, OH
  • SW Resources, WV
  • The ARC of the Mid Ohio Valley, OH
  • The Disabilty Action Center, WV
  • Westmoreland Community Action, PA
  • Olivet Housing and Community Development Corporation, OH