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Sawnee Foundation gives back to local charities
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Recently, the Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation announced that its board has approved over $47,000 in funding for local charities, including several from Dawson County. 

According to a press release by the Sawnee Foundation, the total amount of funding to be contributed to local charities is $47,351 and will be given to: 

  • American Legion, Cumming Post 307

  • Operation Appreciation, Inc. 

  • Bald Ridge Lodge, Inc. 

  • Forsyth County Certified Literate Community Program, Inc. 

  • MUST Ministries, Inc. 

  • Prevent Blindness Georgia 

  • Safe Boating Lake Lanier, Inc. 

  • Champions Community Foundation, Inc. 

  • C.A.S.T. for Kids Foundation

  • Rachel’s Gift 

  • ACT Together Ministries 

  • K.A.R.E. for Kids, Inc. 

  • Camp Kudzu, Inc. 

  • ALS Association of Georgia, Inc. 

  • The Place of Forsyth County, Inc. 

  • Kilough Elementary PTO 

The funding given to the 17 charities was generated in part from Sawnee EMC members who participate in the organization’s Operation Round Up Program, which allows participating members to round up their electric bill to the next dollar. The money is distributed by grants to charitable organizations through the Sawnee Foundation. 

“Sawnee EMC members have a unique opportunity to support Operation Round Up and give back to their local communities,” Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs, said in the release. 

Each month, approximately 15,000 Sawnee EMC members round up their electric bill to the next dollar. On average, participating members contribute about $6 per year. Since its inception in 2003, the Foundation has used funds from Operation Round Up to donate over $3.8 million back into local communities. 

For more information about the Sawnee EMC Foundation Operation Round Up Program or the Foundation itself, go to or contact Cindy Badgett at 678-455-1399 or by emailing