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Avista Foundation announces fourth quarter 2012 grants
2012 giving from Avista Foundation and Avista Corp. totals more than $1.6 million; employees volunteer nearly 50,000 hours

Jan 31, 2013: The Avista Foundation made grants to four non-profit organizations in Washington and Idaho totaling $8,600 in the fourth quarter of 2012. This brings the foundation’s total giving in 2012 to $477,839. In Montana, three grants were made from the Avista Fund in the Montana Community Foundation totaling $3,500.
 
Together with donations made by Avista Corp., 2012 giving to organizations in the company’s service territory totaled more than $1.6 million, up from $1.4 million in 2011. Funding for these donations comes from foundation funds and company profits. It is not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates. In addition, Avista employees gave nearly 50,000 hours of volunteer service to community organizations in their hometowns.
 
One of the largest volunteer efforts for Avista in 2012 was Avista’s participation in the Salvation Army’s annual “Backpack for Kids” program. Partnering alongside community volunteers, more than 120 employees staffed the 10-hour day, giving away more than 3,700 backpacks stuffed with school supplies, serving more than 1,500 families.
 
“Even without the charity this company gives to the community, Avista and its employees make the Inland Northwest a better place to live,” said Captain Kyle Smith, Salvation Army Corps officer. “We greatly appreciate the leadership Avista has shown throughout the years in strengthening the safety net services for those most in need in our community.”
 
“Supporting essential human care services as well as the arts, education and economic vitality through time, talent and treasure are essential elements of our role as a partner in the communities we serve,” said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp. “
 
 
Fourth Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Humanities Washington, Seattle, Wash.
$3,000
Prime Time Family Reading Time family literacy program in Spokane
 
First Judicial District CASA, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
 
$2,500
Court-appointed guardian ad litem program for children
WA-ID Volunteer Center, Lewiston, Idaho
$2,000
Project Warm-Up
 
Noxon, Mont. School
$1,500
New stove for cafeteria
 
City of Thompson Falls, Mont.
$1,500
Park playground equipment
Othello Food Bank, Othello, Wash.
$1,100
Handicap accessibility for food bank
 
Hot Springs, Mont. School
$500
Performance by the Montana Children’s Theatre
 
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·       education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·       vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·       economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.
 

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