We are committed to being a responsible corporate citizen and a good neighbor. Our company investments, community partnerships and employee giving help to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
We sponsor and donate to programs directly related to the company's business objectives:
Employee Giving Program
FPL employees have a strong tradition and history of supporting United Way and other nonprofits in their community. Through the company's annual employee giving campaign, employees make pledges through payroll deductions and special event fundraising. In 2020, our company and our employees contributed more than $19 million to support wide-ranging initiatives and causes that contribute to the well-being of our local communities.
Educational Matching Gifts
NextEra Energy provides a dollar-for-dollar match of employee gifts to eligible high schools, colleges and universities. Since 2003, the NextEra Energy Foundation has provided matches totaling $3.8 million.
In the past, FPL has provided assistance to areas impacted by major weather events. In 2018, FPL crews deployed four times to assist in power restoration efforts after a natural disaster, some working six months away from home. They helped restore power in the Bayamon region of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; in the Carolinas, Florida’s Panhandle and Georgia in some of the hardest hit areas impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael; and in Northern California to areas devastated by the Camp Fire. NextEra Energy donated over $2.3 million to those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Michael and Dorian in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Most recently, in 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, NextEra Energy and our employees committed more than $5.2 million in emergency assistance funds that is being distributed directly to those in need and to partner organizations to provide critical support to the most vulnerable members of the communities we serve.