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2007 Record Year of Charitable Contributions for Wisconsin Public Service Foundation


Wisconsin Public Service Foundation distributed a record of nearly $1.3 million in 2007 to local charities and organizations needing financial assistance. The Foundation is funded by shareholders, and NOT by electric and natural gas customers. Contributions were made to nearly 300 agencies, associations and worthwhile causes that represent education, health and human services, community and neighborhood development, arts and culture, along with care for the environment. See the pie chart for 2007 program allocations by giving category.

Highlights include employees and retirees stepping up to the plate in the “Dollars for Doers” program. In the program, qualifying organizations were financially rewarded, up to $100, when employees or retirees volunteered at least 20 hours during the year. Over 165 employees and retirees volunteered 13,000 hours to over 100 qualifying non-profit causes enriching their communities.

The Foundation also partially matches employees’ and retirees’ financial donations to local causes through the “Matching Gifts” program. Over 300 employees and retirees gave gifts of $50 or more, benefiting 190 nonprofit agencies.

“Through donations of time and dollars, the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation has allowed our families to continue to be self-sufficient,” said Major Ruth Fay of the Salvation Army. “When WPS gives, it gives others hope. That’s what WPS does for us.”

“We’re extremely pleased to help out financially or simply lend a hand to efforts that improve the quality of life for everyone,” said Tom Meinz, President of Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. “We expect to have a long future continuing those efforts.”

About the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation:

The Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, incorporated in 1964, is a private, charitable foundation that supports charities and organizations that need financial assistance.

The Foundation is funded by stockholders, not by its electric and gas customers. Through direct grants, scholarships and an employee Matching Gifts and Dollars for Doers program, the Foundation actively supports improvements in the quality of life in the communities served by Wisconsin Public Service and its sister companies, Upper Peninsula Power Company, Minnesota Energy Resources, Michigan Gas Utilities, and Integrys Energy Services.

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