Our Community Impact
We care for our communities through charitable giving, outreach and employee volunteerism as detailed below. In 2018, our community investment totaled over $4.1 million.
$4.1 million community giving
We care for our communities through charitable giving, outreach, and employee volunteerism as detailed below. In 2018, our community giving totaled over $4.1 million which includes charitable giving, economic development, low-income energy assistance, trees programs and support for United Ways.
$2.2 million grants, sponsorships & scholarships
Grants, sponsorships and scholarships support for the great work of hundreds of worthy local organizations and nonprofits who serve needs in our communities.
$678,000 economic development
Aided local organizations and Chambers of Commerce working to grow our communities in 2018.
$534,000 low-income energy assistance
Working with over two dozen nonprofit community partners, Black Hills Cares helped over 2,300 families in need with energy assistance in 2018.
9+ million gallons of storm water filtered
Invested in planting almost 2,400 trees which will grow to filter over 9 million gallons of storm water and avoid 3.7 million pounds of carbon.
$609,000+ United Way donations
Employees gave over $487,000 plus a 25% match from Black Hills Corporation Foundation to benefit 50 different United Way organizations across 7 states.
900+ first responders
Hosted over 50 trainings benefited over 900 first responders serving our communities.
880+ employees volunteered
880+ Black Hills Energy employees shared their energy with more than 900 community organizations.
4,000+ homes improved energy efficiency
In 2018, evaluated and improved the energy efficiency of 4,000 homes, helping residents save energy costs.
7,500 energy efficiency kits
Shared nearly 7,500 energy efficiency kits with school children to teach energy conservation.
$1.05 billion direct economic impact
We make an estimated direct annual impact of approximately $1.05 billion in the communities we serve. This includes franchise fees, contributions, compensation for our more than 2,800 employees, payments to suppliers and property, sales and use taxes paid in 2018.
For more information about our social and economic impacts, read our Corporate Responsibility Report.