What Does it Mean to Be A Fuel For Good® ?
Gas South knows the communities we serve are strongest when their children are well and have opportunities to reach their full potential. With the 5% of profits we’ve committed to give each year, we’re helping families build strong foundations by supporting some of their basic needs and providing positive pathways. As a customer with Gas South, you’re part of helping make that difference.
As our company continues to grow, so does our commitment to give. In 2023, we were able to donate more than $4.5 million to help support children in need so they can go on to lead successful lives. We’ve also stayed on track with our effort to build a more sustainable planet, committing to invest $63 million to support solar projects by the end of 2024. All of that’s just part of what it means to Be A Fuel For Good.
Be A Fuel For Good Initiatives
Each year, we invite nonprofit organizations that are devoted to childhood basic needs, education or health in Georgia and Florida to apply for our Impact Investments. We have an employee committee that reviews the applications and selects finalists, and then we invite our employees and customers to vote for their favorites—more than 10,000 customers voted in 2023. Those charitable recipients were:
• Sunshine on a Ranney Day
Watch a short video on these award winners here: Gas South Announces 2023 Impact Investment Award Winners
With our tremendous growth over the last few years, we’ve been able to expand our ongoing commitment to support children in need. Each year, we give back 5% of profits to this effort, and our budget since we began doing this in 2017 has grown 300% and allowed us to expand our charity into other service areas.
In 2023, we defined a new framework that makes it easier for us to invest more meaningfully in charitable initiatives and nonprofits. With this new plan, we narrowed our focus to 12 charitable partners we affectionately refer to as our Fuel For Good Allies. Most of our giving, volunteering and media attention will concentrate on these partners (listed below), who we hope to help support for many years to come. In total, these 12 groups received $2.2 million from us in 2023/2024.
- 100 Black Men (GA and FL)
- Arete Scholars (GA Tax Credit)
- Bert’s Big Adventure (GA)
- City of Refuge (GA)
- Covenant House (GA)
- Gwinnett Public Schools/Sol Systems (GA)
- Junior Achievement (GA and FL)
- Ser Familia (GA)
- Shepherd Center (GA)
- Step Up for Students (FL Tax Credit)
- St. Vincent de Paul (GA)
- YMCA (GA and FL)
As part of our ongoing mission to Be A Fuel For Good, Gas South gave $300,000 in Impact Investments to six charities in Georgia and Florida dedicated to childhood education, basic needs and health—$50,000 each. We also invested another $25,000 for the groups who weren’t chosen in 2022 to take part in an immersive peer learning experience to help accelerate their impact.
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