Foundation matching donations to nonprofits

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The philanthropic arm of DTE Energy is matching all donations to a pair of Michigan service organizations.

The DTE Energy Foundation said Wednesday that it will match all donations to the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Community Action now through Monday.

The nonprofits are focused on helping individuals, families and communities weather the COVID-19 crisis by supplying food, shelter and other basic needs.

Donations can be allocated to particular United Way chapters and community action agencies to address emergency needs of a particular community.

The DTE Energy Foundation will match individual donations up to $5,000 per person.

The foundation already funded 1 million meals and provided basic needs for more than 100,000 families. In cooperation with other organizations, it also is shoring up 200 small businesses.

“This is a crisis unlike any we’ve seen in our generation, and the demands on nonprofits across the state are unprecedented,” said Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy.

“We understand that not everyone is able to donate during this time, but for those who are, we want to double the impact of their contribution. The DTE Foundation has been there for the people of Michigan for decades, and we’ll be here during these difficult times to help our great state weather this crisis.”

The Michigan Association of United Ways represents 34 local United Way community chapters. Each local United Way is responding to the needs of the community, including the support of the Michigan 211 network, a free and confidential health and human services information system, and providing basic needs support.

Michigan Community Action is the statewide organization for the 29 community action agencies that provide human service programs in all 83 Michigan counties. These community action agencies can address local needs distinct to each community.

“In the past few weeks, demands on community action agencies — and all nonprofit organizations — has escalated exponentially,” said Chong-Anna Canfora, executive director of Michigan Community Action.

“Communities across the state are facing tremendous need. As the pandemic continues and families face job cutbacks and medical expenses, the need for financial help will continue to grow. We are so grateful to the DTE foundation for this matching gift program and their support for our localized approach to helping communities all across Michigan.”

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