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Sawnee Foundation donates $34,422.52 to local charities and classrooms
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The Good Shepherd Clinic of Dawson County receives a check from Sawnee EMC as part of the company’s Operation Round Up program. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation recently awarded $34,422.52 to local charities and teacher classroom grants through its Operation Round Up program.

The local charitable organizations in Dawson County that received funding were R.E.A.D, For Her Glory and Good Shepherd Clinic.

The Bright Ideas classroom grants were awarded to teachers in Forsyth, Dawson and North Fulton County schools. Two of those grants went to Karen Westbrook and Kate Jarrard, both of Dawson County High School.

Interested applicants are required to submit an application to the Foundation Board for their consideration. In order to qualify for a grant, the 501 (c) (3) charity must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide a service to the community.  Teachers can also apply for funds through the Bright Ideas program, which is part of Operation Round Up. 

A public or private teacher is eligible to apply for funding as long as the school he or she teaches at is within the Sawnee EMC service area.

These programs are made possible by the 20,000 plus members of Sawnee EMC that make the decision each month to round their electric bill up to the next highest dollar.  This “extra change” goes directly into the Sawnee Foundation and is gifted back out into the communities Sawnee EMC serves.

The average donation a member makes annually is $6. These small, yet generous, donations have allowed the Foundation Board to donate over $2.2 million back into the communities since inception in 2003.

For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, director of external affairs at (678)455-1399 or email

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 174,800 accounts in seven counties of greater north Georgia.

Sawnee’s assets exceed $642 million, with energy sales of 3.37 billion kWh and annual revenue of $313 million. With a team of approximately 330 dedicated professionals and over 10,896 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners.