What is the WEC Community Fund?
Washington Electric Co-op annually makes modest contributions to local non-profit organizations and community projects. As a cooperative, our owners are our customers. In order to not pay for such contributions from WEC’s operating budget, WEC asks its members to voluntarily donate their capital credit refunds to the WEC Community Fund. (Members choosing not to participate in the Community Fund receive their refunds in November.)
To fulfill the Cooperative’s philosophy of “concern for community” as reflected in the principles adopted in 1995 by the International Cooperative Alliance, the Board of Directors established the Community Fund in 2003 and it has been going strong ever since. In 2020 over 1,450 Washington Electric Co-op members/former members chose to contribute their capital credit refunds to the Community Fund. The total of these contributions were over $50,000.
Contributing to the Community Fund
WEC uses a variety of means to contact members to see if they wish to contribute their capital credit refund to the Community Fund.
Any member not contacted may donate to the Community Fund by submitting an authorization form with the amount of the available capital credit refund. The form should only be completed if a member chooses to donate.
- Community Fund Guidelines
- Community Fund Donation Online Form
- 2021 Community Fund Donation Recipients (PDF)
Annual Report of Community Fund Activities
For a report on Community Fund activities, including a list of organizations and community projects that received support, read July issues of Co-op Currents or contact the Co-op office.
Local non-profits should visit our Community Fund page for more information on requesting grants.