Charitable Grants 1st quarter 2022

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(CUMMING, GA)  The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation), announced today that it will distribute more than $55,800 for local charities and educational projects.  The funds were generated from co-op members through Sawnee EMC’s Operation Round Up Program.

Operation Round Up allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar.  The money is directed into the Sawnee Foundation and 100% is then administered in a series of grants by its voluntary Board of Directors.  On average, participating members will contribute about $6.00 per year.

The Foundation Board approved $14,240 for local charitable organizations, $11,613 for Bright Ideas classroom grants and $30,000 for local college foundation scholarships.

The 1st Quarter grants are as follows:

Charitable Organizations

  • Glory, Hope & Life, Inc.
  • United Way of Forsyth County
  • North Georgia Crappie Anglers Charity

Bright Ideas

  • Blacks Mill Elementary School – Dawson County
  • Whitlow Elementary School – Forsyth County
  • Dawson County Middle School – Dawson County
  • Riverview Elementary School – Dawson County

“Sawnee EMC members have a unique opportunity to support Operation Round Up and give back to their local communities,” states Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs.

Each month, approximately 15,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill to the next highest dollar.  This extra change goes directly to the Sawnee Foundation and these small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $3.8 Million back into local communities since its inception in 2003.

To learn more about Sawnee EMC Foundation’s Operation Round Up Program and the Foundation, visit or contact Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs, at 678-455-1399 or via email

About Sawnee EMC and the Sawnee Foundation 
Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 191,000 accounts in seven (7) counties of greater north Georgia.  The Sawnee Electric Foundation was created in 2003 with the mission of providing charitable donations within the Sawnee communities. The Foundation exists to enhance the way of life for those in need, with financial assistance to selected charitable organizations. Sawnee always stands ready to meet the needs of its members/owners. SEMC strives daily to live up to their motto…

“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.