Granite City Electric Supply Company Charitable Foundation
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
The Granite City Electric Charitable Foundation was created to assist charitable efforts within the New England communities in which GCE operates. The Foundation’s main objective is to help children lead healthy, active lives through the funding of various sports programs, arts initiatives, and medical research. As part of the company’s mission to be a good corporate citizen, a portion of its profits will be contributed to the Foundation annually.
“Granite City Electric has always been a conscientious member of the communities in which we operate. Over the years we have donated to a multitude of different charitable causes”, commented Phyllis P. Godwin, Chairman and CEO of Granite City Electric. “The GCECF will just provide us with a more organized and consistent approach to how we raise, evaluate and distribute the funds.”
WHAT ORGANIZATIONS DO WE SUPPORT?
Background of Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation, Inc.
The Granite City Electric Charitable Foundation was created on August 3, 2007 to assist charitable efforts within the New England communities in which Granite City Electric Supply Company operates. The Foundation's main objective is to help children lead healthy, active lives through the funding of various sports programs, arts initiatives and medical research. As part of the Granite City Electric Supply Company's mission to be a good corporate citizen, a portion of its profits will be contributed to the Foundation annually.
Granite City Electric Supply Company has always been a conscientious member of the communities in which we operate. Over the years we have donated to a multitude of different charitable causes. The Foundation will now provide us with a more organized and consistent approach on how we raise, evaluate and distribute the funds.
Granite City Electric Supply Company, a family owned and operated electrical distributor, is a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) through the Supplier Diversity Office (SDO) formerly known as SOMWBA in Massachusetts, as well as the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Granite City Electric was founded in 1923 and is headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. The company has 24 locations in New England and is the Official Distributor of Electrical Supplies to the Boston Red Sox.
Charitable Grants vs Community Activities:
Charitable donations made through the Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation are outright gifts. Alternatively, participation as a sponsor of an event or attendance at a community function is expected to affect the company indirectly by strengthening business relationships, presenting networking opportunities and/or raising public awareness of the Granite City Electric name. Granite City Electric Supply Company may, at its discretion, participate in sponsoring additional charitable and community functions as well.
Organizations We Support:
Charitable donations are made only to qualified, federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) organizations, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service code. Donations are restricted to those charitable organizations located within communities served by Granite City Electric Supply Company. Accordingly, donation requests will be considered for those organizations located in the following states:
• New Hampshire
• Rhode Island
Donation requests will also be limited to youth-related sports, arts initiatives and medical research programs. We will not be able to consider requests for any other purpose at this time.
Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation does not fund organizations that discriminate based on:
• National Origin
• Family Status
• Receipt of Public Assistance
• Sexual Orientations
The Foundation also does not support:
• Annual appeals
• Single disease/issue information and research organizations.
• Religious organizations, including restoration of church buildings.
• Labor, fraternal and veterans organizations (including fraternal orders of police/firefighters).
• Political organizations or projects.
• Operating deficits.
• Underwriting of conferences and seminars.
• Governmental and quasi-governmental public agencies or organizations.
• Trips and tours, including transportation costs.
• Advertising and fund-raising activities.
• Historic Preservation
1. Tax Exempt Status Validation
As you may be aware, private foundations may only grant funds to charitable organizations who are tax exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Accordingly, we are required by law to validate your tax exempt status. We accomplish this by asking you to provide us with your Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN). We electronically validate your EIN against an IRS database of qualified charities.
2. What If Your Organization is Not Tax Exempt
The Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation can not offer assistance to organizations who are not tax exempt under IRC 501(c)(3). However you may wish to explore partnering with another tax exempt organization who may be willing to sponsor you with your application. Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation will allow applications to be applied for by such a fiscal sponsor, using their EIN. And if a donation is awarded it would be awarded to the fiscal sponsor. It would be up to you and the fiscal sponsor to work out the details of such a partnership.
3. Are There Any Exceptions?
If your organization is tax exempt, but for some reason your EIN could not be validated by our system, you may still be able to apply. This situation may occur if your organization is new and your EIN had not been registered by the IRS system yet. Or, you may be a representative from a city, town or school and our system did not recognize your EIN. If this type of situation occurs, simply email the:
GCE Charitable Foundation and we will be happy to help you.
4. Application Process
The application process is simple. Simply download the application at the bottom of this page and e-mail to
GCE Charitable Foundation
5. Additional Documentation
Although we do not require that you provide additional documentation to support your application, if you believe it will assist us in understanding your organization better please attach it to your application.
6. Request for Other Support from Granite City Electric Supply Company
As previously stated, the Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation can only provide financial assistance to tax exempt organizations. However if your organization would like to request other support from Granite City Electric Supply Company, please feel free to contact us by email at the:
7. Other Questions or Requests For Assistance
We have tried to keep our application process as simple as possible. However if you have any questions or wish to speak with us, please feel free to email the:
GCE Charitable Foundation and we will gladly help you.
We, at Granite City Electric Supply Charitable Foundation, want to thank you for your interest in our foundation. We look forward to working with you and we wish you every success with your project.
DOWNLOAD GCE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION APPLICATION