PG&E Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Report 2018

PG&E Chapter 11 Update

Community Investments

We approach our community programs from the standpoint that we are better together and strive to ensure that the neighborhoods we share with our customers are great places to live and work. Our charitable contributions programs are funded entirely by our shareholders and have no impact on customers’ energy rates.

Our Approach

The Better Together Giving Program provides grants every year to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, schools and local governments across Northern and Central California. These investments can come from PG&E or from The PG&E Corporation Foundation, and generally focus on five areas: emergency preparedness and safety, education and workforce development, economic and community vitality, the environment, and employee engagement.

2018 Charitable Contribution Focus Areas
Category Percentage
Education 25%
Economic and Community Vitality 31%
Environment 16%
Emergency Preparedness 10%
Employee Engagement 18%

2018 Milestones

The Better Together Giving Program strives to make a difference in the lives of our customers and in the communities we serve.

Emergency Preparedness and Safety

PG&E is committed to assisting our communities in preparing for potential disasters and to respond quickly with support when disaster strikes.

  • Community preparedness support. As one of our largest, long-term giving programs, in 2018, PG&E renewed support of the American Red Cross Ready Neighborhoods program. With this support, the Red Cross was able to provide vital fire and emergency preparedness training, outreach and education to some of the most vulnerable communities across Northern and Central California.
  • Wildfire relief. PG&E provided a $1 million donation to the California Fire Foundation, to support competitive grants to local fire departments. In 2018, this funding supported grants (ranging from $5,000 to $15,000) to 50 fire departments across California.


Today’s students are our future engineers and scientists. To help them succeed, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation support California students with scholarships and grants in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Better Together STEM Scholarships. Over 40 students received awards of $1,000 to $10,000 in 2018 focused on majors in engineering, computer science and information systems, cybersecurity, and environmental sciences. Since 2012, the Better Together STEM Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million.
  • Better Together Investing in California Youth. In May 2018, The PG&E Corporation Foundation announced new and expanded support for two programs targeting academic success, higher education attainment and job opportunity in northern California. Oakland Promise is a cradle to career program supporting youth in under-resourced schools in Oakland. Stockton Scholars aims to reduce social and financial barriers to higher education for youth in the city of Stockton by promoting college readiness.

Economic and Community Vitality

PG&E invests in job creation and career training opportunities, supports local businesses and offers energy assistance to low-income families to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.

  • Summer Internships. In 2018, we committed more than $1 million to programs supporting the advancement of youth in our communities, including partnerships with local Boys & Girls Clubs, Genesys Works and others focused on career exposure and job training opportunities. Through these programs in 2018, PG&E provided more than 300 youth with paid summer internships, and more than 1,000 youth with workforce readiness training.


PG&E’s programs promote renewable energy, foster energy efficiency and protect our environment including parks, recreation areas and natural habitats.

  • Resilient Communities. PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation have invested $800,000 over the last two years in shareholder-funded grants to support local initiatives to build greater climate resilience via our Better Together Resilient Communities grant program. In 2018, PG&E focused on grant proposals that will help communities prevent and prepare for extreme heat events. Eligible projects included research, planning or demonstration projects that better prepare communities for a future with more frequent and extreme heat events driven by a changing climate.
    In 2018, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation awarded $100,000 each to Sustainable Solano, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, Rising Sun Center for Opportunity, and The Chinatown Community Development Center.

Employee Engagement

PG&E also offers several ways for employees to get involved in community investment on a local level:

  • Our Community Service Award Program provides employees and retirees who volunteer more than 25 personal service hours with a grant of $350 on their behalf to a qualifying nonprofit organization of their choice.
  • PG&E’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)—representing different aspects of PG&E’s diverse workforce—have the opportunity to direct funding to community groups and activities that reflect their interests and priorities.
  • Through The PG&E Corporation Foundation’s Matching Gifts Program, eligible gifts from employees, retirees or current members of the PG&E Corporation Board of Directors are matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,000 per calendar year per individual. In 2018, the program matched approximately $4.5 million for individual contributions.

Measuring Progress

Total Charitable Contributions
Year Charitable Contributions (millions)
2010 $19.3
2011 $23.2
2012 $23.2
2013 $23.2
2014 $23.2
2015 $25.0
2016 $28.0
2017 $28.0
2018 $27.8

In 2018, PG&E and The PG&E Corporation Foundation supported nearly $28 million in contributions to charitable organizations.

These community investments are focused on providing assistance to underserved communities, such as low-income individuals, communities of color, the long-term unemployed, women and girls, veterans, senior citizens, people with disabilities and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community.