EQT Foundation 2020 Giving Total Exceeds $3.5M - Giving includes nonprofit grants, scholarship programs and employee matching contributions

01/12/2021

Pittsburgh, PA January 11, 2021… The EQT Foundation (Foundation) today announced their 2020 giving total of more than $3.5 million to various programs and organizations throughout the footprint of southwestern Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation (EQT), the nation’s largest producer of natural gas, and focuses its giving strategically within the core geographic areas of EQT Corporation’s business assets. Since its inception in 2003, the EQT Foundation has awarded more than $67 million to nonprofits that make a difference in the lives of the individuals and families they serve.

“Last year was tough for many nonprofits in our operating areas,” said Ellen Rossi, President of the EQT Foundation. “We are fortunate to be able to help so many, while simultaneously working with organizations on plans to rethink and retool existing programs and services. We look forward to continuing those efforts into 2021, as well as finding new partnerships as our operating area expands.” 

Overall funds were awarded to several post-secondary scholarship programs, including the addition of four new scholarship programs partnering with community foundations in Doddridge, Marion, Tyler & Wetzel Counties in West Virginia; and to expand programs already in place in Greene and Washington Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as in Belmont County, Ohio.
Additionally, through the EQT Corporation employee matching contribution program, the Foundation awarded more than $240,000 in matches to the nonprofits that mean the most to EQT personnel. This included more than $110,000 in matches made by employees on Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on December 1, 2020, when employee donations are doubled by the Foundation.

In the spring, the Foundation awarded $360,000 in unrestricted COVID-19 emergency response to local community foundations and food banks throughout the operational footprint.  

The Foundation also awarded more than $2.2 million in grants during 2020. The majority of these funds were geared toward programs in education and workforce, as well as community enrichment initiatives. The following initiatives were funded in the second half of the year:

  • Business incubator program in conjunction with Washington & Jefferson College
  • Food pantries across our operating area:
    • Support for the Mannington Food Pantry in Marion County, West Virginia
    • A venison distribution program with Hunters Sharing the Harvest in Greene & Washington Counties, Pennsylvania
    • A water conservation project at The Farm of the Greater Washington County Food Bank
  • Computer learning center enhancements in Harrison County, West Virginia
  • Assistance with renovations of a hands-on learning space at the Eva K. Bowlby Public Library in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
  • Teacher professional development programs in:
    • Wetzel County, West Virginia, with the Carnegie Science Center
    • Greene County, Pennsylvania with ASSET Inc.
    • Greene & Washington Counties, Pennsylvania, with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh
  • Robotics programs with Mountaineer Area Robotics in Morgantown, West Virginia, and BotsIQ in Greene & Washington Counties, Pennsylvania.

About EQT Foundation
The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the nation’s largest natural gas producer, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. 

Read more at: www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation 

Media Contact: 
Ellen Rossi
President
412.553.7703
erossi@eqt.com