Alliant Energy 2019 community support totals $7.25 million

Giving supports families, education, environment and safety

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – April 7, 2020 – Alliant Energy supported the communities we serve in Iowa and Wisconsin with $7.25 million and thousands of volunteer hours in 2019.

Support included:

  • $2 million in community grants and sponsorships
  • More than 140 scholarships
  • 92,701 employee and retiree volunteer hours
  • Over 1,000 community partnerships
  • 1.85 million meals generated

“Our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities,” said Julie Bauer, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation. “These partnerships bring our purpose to life and strengthen the communities we call home.”

Alliant Energy’s support focuses on four areas: Helping Families, Education, Environment and Safety.

Helping Families

Alliant Energy strongly supports food pantries. In 2019, Alliant Energy’s nutrition-related giving was enough to generate 1.85 million meals. Alliant Energy’s annual Drive Out Hunger event united business partners against hunger and raised $450,000, enough to provide 1.35 million meals.

Alliant Energy provided grocery coupons to 255 students per week with the Backpack Nutrition Program in Waushara County, Wis.

Employees volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in several communities, including Marshalltown, Iowa, where they rebuilt tornado-damaged homes.


Great education strengthens communities and builds a future workforce. Alliant Energy’s support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) gives all students a chance to thrive.

Alliant Energy’s partnership with Maydm in Madison, Wis. engages youth from underrepresented communities to pursue future careers in STEM. The grant allows 100 students to attend innovation sessions. These students are primarily girls and youth of color.

Alliant Energy partnered with Iowa State University Extension and the Iowa 4-H Foundation on a new program called InventSTEM. Alliant Energy funded 100 classroom kits that focus on wind energy and give 80,000 students across the state an experience in STEM.


Alliant Energy prioritizes environmental health. Alliant Energy partnered with Trees Forever on their Growing Futures program. This program employs at-risk youth to plant and maintain trees. Alliant Energy’s support kicked off the program in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program will provide 500 new trees and more than 30 jobs for local teens.


Communities are safer thanks to Hometown Safety Grants that help communities purchase equipment for first responders. In North Central Iowa, Alliant Energy’s $10,000 gift to the Regional Emergency Commission equipped first responders with much-needed gas monitors. These devices alert fire fighters to toxic or combustible conditions and protect them as they protect communities.

Community Support

Alliant Energy’s Hometown Care Energy Fund provided $2 million to customers who need assistance to pay their bill. Alliant Energy employees and retirees gave over $1 million to nonprofit organizations, food pantries, disaster relief efforts and other causes in their communities. The Alliant Energy Foundation supported employee giving and provided an additional $855,000 in matching gifts.

The Alliant Energy Foundation is an independent and nonprofit philanthropic organization funded solely by shareowner dollars from Alliant Energy Corporation.

Alliant Energy will continue to monitor new information and evaluate community needs during the coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Visit Alliant Energy’s COVID-19 resource page for more information.