The Sempra family of companies invested a record $42.1 million in charitable giving in 2020. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple climate-related disasters and calls for social justice, 2020 presented immense challenges to the communities where we operate. We are committed to living our values — do the right thing, champion people and shape the future — by supporting nonprofit organizations that are working to provide relief to our communities, especially during the times when they need it most.
Highlights from Sempra Energy and the Sempra Energy Foundation:
The Sempra Energy Foundation provided $1.75 million in aid to small and mid-sized nonprofits through its Nonprofit Hardship Fund and another $500,000 to the Oncor Cares Foundation for COVID-19 relief in Texas.
In addition, Sempra gave an additional $250,000 in support of community needs in San Diego and Tijuana, complementing the support of IEnova, SDG&E, SoCalGas, Sempra LNG and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor).
In sum, the Sempra family of companies gave $14.1 million in COVID-19 related assistance to communities across California, Texas, Louisiana, Mexico and beyond.
Disaster Relief in 2021
Last month, the Sempra Energy Foundation pledged $1 million to assist communities in Texas recovering from the unprecedented winter storm that blanketed the state in February 2021.
This builds on a $250,000 donation by Sempra Energy for food and water relief in Houston and Southeast Texas and bolsters an additional $1 million pledged by Oncor, of which Sempra Energy is a majority owner, to community organizations within its service territory.
In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple wildfires in California along with hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region impacted communities where we operate. Sempra and the Sempra Energy Foundation responded quickly to these disasters, committing $900,000 in disaster relief across Louisiana, Texas and California.
A key factor in Sempra’s high-performance culture is our long-standing commitment to an inclusive workplace, where we value diverse views, backgrounds and experiences. Last summer, Sempra launched a Social Justice Campaign, raising more than $715,000 in employee donations and matches.
At Sempra, we believe when employees are encouraged and empowered to be their authentic selves, it elevates performance and helps us partner responsibly with our communities to work toward building a more equitable and inclusive society for all.
At the end of 2020, the Sempra Energy Foundation issued grants totaling $400,000 to organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House Charities across our service territories for their holiday programs that provide toys, meals and holiday cheer.
In addition, employees were invited to make personal contributions that were matched by the Sempra Energy Foundation raising another $46,000 in donations. Thanks to our generous workforce we were able to make an even greater impact in the communities we serve last holiday season.
Find out more about the different ways we strive to make an impact in our communities.