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Check our Giving Guidelines below to see the types of organizations and programs we support, and see our Focus Areas.

We Fund:

  • Programs that keep us safe
  • Programs that provide food and shelter to those in need
  • Programs that promote economic growth and workforce development
  • Programs that provide energy education
  • Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations falling under category 501(c)(3)
  • Organizations that are within our natural gas service territory

We Do Not Fund:

  • Individual primary or secondary schools (K-12)
  • Non-academic school activities, including bands, proms, choirs or graduations
  • Individuals seeking scholarship, field trip or travel assistance
  • Athletes, teams or sporting events
  • Fashion shows, animal shows, pageants or talent competitions
  • Religious or sectarian organizations, unless engaged in a significant project benefitting the entire community
  • Organizations that discriminate against any person or group for any reason
  • Publications, displays, advertising, audio or video productions
  • Individuals, for any purpose
  • Organizations that are not 501(c)3 charities
  • Organizations outside of our service territory
  • Political candidates, committees or organizations
  • Professional or amateur team sponsorship (including sports) or fundraising competitions (including athletic fundraising events)
  • Social clubs, including sororities or fraternities

All requests made of Columbia Cares are at the discretion of the Community Engagement Manager, Kate Bauer.

How to Apply

Please review the above guidelines and determine that your organization meets our criteria. After reviewing the guidelines, have your charitable tax ID/EIN number ready to submit your request via the application portal. You should receive a response within four weeks of your submission. Faxed, mailed, or emailed requests will not be considered.

Apply Today

If you'd like to discuss your organization's alignment with our Columbia Cares Focus Areas, please email Kate at kbauer@NiSource.com.