Giving back to the community

E. Washington Avenue corridor in Madison, Wis.

MGE employee who volunteers at an animal shelter

MGE employees volunteer through United Way

MGE’s commitment to those we serve extends far beyond reliable energy. We are committed to helping improve the quality of life for all those we serve. We contribute to and help to better our community in three different ways.

The MGE Foundation
Established in 1967, the MGE Foundation is our philanthropic arm. Support from the Foundation helps our local organizations improve lives today and the lives of future generations by working to preserve the long-term health and vitality of our community. In the last five years, the Foundation has given more than $7.3 million to more than 400 community organizations. In 2021 alone, the Foundation contributed to more than 170 local organizations serving environment and health, culture and enrichment, equity and inclusion, youth and education, and community service-oriented initiatives.

MGE corporate giving
MGE collaborates and works together with hundreds of organizations to provide service, help improve lives, tackle challenges and seize opportunities facing our community. We partner with local stakeholders in a variety of ways to advance shared goals and initiatives.

Employee volunteerism and service
Our dedicated employees embody what it means to serve as your community energy company. Outside of their jobs at MGE, they play active roles in helping improve our community. Many of our more than 700 employees volunteer on local boards and committees and as members of economic development and nonprofit organizations.

For example, animal shelters play an important role in our communities as they work to reunite pets with their human companions, shelter those in need and find new homes for animals who are lost or don’t have a permanent home. Shelley Mergen, a Customer Service Representative with MGE’s Division Operations, turned her love for animals into volunteering at the Rivers and Bluffs Animal Shelter in Prairie du Chien, Wis. Shelley mostly works with the dogs at the shelter and says they need love, understanding and reassurance. She says volunteering has given her more joy than she ever expected.

MGE Report on Giving
MGE publishes a Report on Giving, which highlights some of the ways in which we give, partner and work to support the communities we are privileged to serve. Our full report on giving is available at

Jeff Keebler and Renee Moe

MGE Chairman, President and CEO and United Way Community Campaign Chair Jeff Keebler and United Way President and CEO Renee Moe joined volunteers assembling paper product packs and helped celebrate 100 years of community impact at the 2022 campaign kickoff.

100 years of impact
In 2022, the United Way is celebrating 100 years of impact in the community. MGE Chairman, President and CEO Jeff Keebler is serving as the United Way Community Campaign Chair for the centennial campaign.

Support for the United Way
MGE is a longtime supporter and partner of the United Way of Dane County. The organization’s extensive reach helps our customers and broader community. The United Way works toward lasting change, sharing MGE’s goal of making our community a better place to live, work and enjoy.

MGE consistently ranks among the top 10 companies in total donations to the United Way. In 2021, MGE and our generous employees and retirees gave more than $275,000 to the local campaign. Some employees also took time out of their busy schedules to volunteer their time, helping pack food at a local Foodbank and helping put together healthy snack packs for area students that were distributed to local United Way partners, including food pantries and community centers. MGE employees also serve on various United Way boards, committees and Leadership Giving groups, helping to set the direction and address the needs facing our community.

Economic development
A healthy economy contributes to a healthy community. MGE is committed to advancing continued growth and a thriving economy in the greater Madison region. We partner with business, education and government leaders to ensure our area businesses have the resources and connections they need to start, stay competitive and grow with the region.

MGE’s economic development team helps businesses get access to financing, increase profitability and connect with business resources within the region. In addition, our account managers in our Business Customer Relations area work with new and existing businesses in a variety of ways, including helping them to expand sustainably, reduce their carbon footprint and manage their energy use.


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