What Does it Mean to Be a Fuel for Good?
Since our inception, we have committed to giving back to our community. Simply put: giving back is in our DNA. In 2017, we made a promise to give back 5% of our profits to children in need. With each financial gift (and an army of passionate volunteers), we are aiming to build a community that lifts up every child.
As our company has grown, so has our giving commitment. In 2020, we expanded our philanthropic focus to respond to the immediate needs of our community and those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We donated more than $1M to help our community through COVID-19 and its economic aftermath.
Key 'Fuel for Good' Initiatives
This year, we're giving over $1M to support families in need impacted by COVID-19, increasing funding for priority nonprofit partners with the broadest reach:
- United Ways in Atlanta and Florida ($250,000)
- Atlanta Community Food Bank ($200,000)
- YMCA of Metro Atlanta ($150,000)
- Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT) ($150,000)
- In addition, we’re increasing funding for several of our other nonprofit partners including Ser Familia ($75,000), The Salvation Army ($50,000) and Society of St. Vincent de Paul ($45,000).
Learn more about our COVID-19 response here.
As a purpose-driven company, we have a solid foundation for community and employee engagement. We also know that we need to do more.
Businesses like Gas South need to be bolder and more intentional in demonstrating that black lives do matter – through our community investments, our policy advocacy and how we conduct our own business.
While these initiatives are where we’ll start, we will continue to do more.
- We’re committed to working with organizations that share our goals of fighting racism and discrimination.
- We joined other businesses and Chambers of Commerce to advocate for the passage of hate crimes legislation in Georgia.
- We are convening regular Community Conversations, where team members from all across our company can come together to talk about our feelings and emotions, and listen to and learn from each other in a supportive environment.
- We are committed to recruiting and hiring diverse employees.
- We will use our influence to speak out against racism and discrimination and promote social justice and equality.
- Our CEO, Kevin Greiner, is an active participant in the CEO Task Force for Diversity and Inclusion and joins Atlanta-area business and civic leaders in advocating for bold change to combat racism and discrimination.
Read our statement on justice and equal opportunity here.
In 2019, we continued our financial support to partner with organizations that impact the lives of children in need each day, like the YMCA, United Way and Heating Energy Assistance Team (HEAT).
Community nonprofits had the opportunity to apply for one of six $50,000 Impact Investment gifts, where Gas South employees voted to decide which nonprofits received funding (and support from Gas South employee volunteers). We awarded Impact Investments to:
- Atlanta Mission
- Kate's Club
- Los Ninos Primero
- Nana Grants
- Shepherd Center
- Sunshine on a Ranney Day
Read more about our 2019 Impact Investments here.
In 2018, we reached more than 188,692 young people in our communities by partnering with schools, the YMCA and Junior Achievement—as well as 6 Impact Investments awarded to local nonprofits of our employees' choosing.
Among the giving highlights:
- 2018's Impact Investment recipients included Street Grace, Covenant House, Boys & Girls Club, PowerMyLearning, Camp Twin Lakes and Bert's Big Adventure.
- Igniting a Love for STEAM. We partnered with Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead to create a STEAM Lab to engage low-income youth from the Westside. We’ve made a $105,000 3-year commitment to provide an after-school enrichment program for more than 100 students annually, with lessons in STEAM subjects as well as robotics.
2017 was a year of forging partnerships with nonprofits to collectively strengthen our community, with a focus on basic needs, education and illness/disability-related causes. Aside from giving our time to partner with organizations (more than 70% of our workforce volunteered in 2017), Gas South gave a total of $663,734 in financial contributions.
Giving highlights included:
- Fostering Junior Achievement. We've been participating in the Junior Achievement program for several years, helping children and teens across Georgia develop long-term career goals and gain a greater understanding of the business world. In 2018, we were among the companies to sponsor an interactive storefront inside the Junior Achievement of Georgia's Chick-fil-A Discovery Center – a $15M, state-of-the-art interactive experience designed to educate kids about financial literacy and adult responsibilities.
- Ending Childhood Hunger. With a $35K donation, we supported Action Ministries' "Smart Lunch, Smart Kid" program. Since more than 1 million Georgia children depend on school lunches for meals, this program ensures that children in need stay nourished throughout the summer.
- Helping Children with Spinal and Brain Injuries. Our financial gift to The Shepherd Center's adolescent program helped young patients realize bright futures, beyond injury.
- Providing VIP Experiences through Bert's Big Adventure. We partnered with the organization to fund magical, all-expense-paid Disney trips for 13 chronically or terminally ill children and their families.
In 2017, we also continued our financial support for HEAT, United Way of Greater Atlanta, the YMCA and many others.
Read our annual giving reports here.