Sawnee Awards Camp Autrey Mill

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation (Foundation) recently awarded a total of $73,330 to twelve (12) local charities and three (3) local college and technical school foundations.

The local charitable organizations that received funding were:

  1. Humane Society of Forsyth County
  2. The Community Helping Place
  3. Mentor Me North Georgia
  4. Special Equestrians of Georgia (Alpharetta)
  5. Forsyth County Lions Charities, Inc.
  6. MUST Ministries, Inc. (Cherokee)
  7. Act Together Ministries
  8. No Longer Bound
  9. Bethany Place (Cherokee)
  10. Forsyth County Family Haven, Inc.
  11. CASA of Forsyth County, Inc.
  12. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association

The College and Technical School Grants were awarded to:

  1. Gwinnett Tech. Foundation – Milton Campus
  2. Lanier Tech. Foundation – Forsyth Campus
  3. University of North Georgia Foundation – Forsyth Campus


Each grant will provide support to those in need, within the communities served by Sawnee EMC.  To learn more about the scholarships provided by the college and technical school foundations, you must contact the school.

In order to qualify for a Sawnee Foundation grant, a 501 (c) (3) charity must be located in Sawnee EMC’s service area and/or provide services within the community.  Charities are required to submit an application to the Foundation Board for their consideration. Local teachers may 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 generous Sawnee EMC members who 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 that a member makes annually is about $6… just pennies a month.

For more information about the Operation Round Up program, please call Cindy Badgett, Director of External Affairs at 678-455-1399 or email


About Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation

The Sawnee Electric Membership Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization and exists to assist charitable organizations in the communities served by Sawnee EMC.  Through the Foundation, participating members voluntarily donate one cent at a time by ‘rounding’ up their Sawnee EMC energy bill to the next highest dollar.  Since its inception in April 2003, the Sawnee Foundation has donated over $2.2 Million dollars to local charitable organizations, to local schools through its “Bright Ideas” educational projects as well as through its youth scholarship program.


About Sawnee EMC

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation is an electric distribution cooperative headquartered in Cumming, Georgia. Sawnee serves electricity to approximately 171,763 accounts in seven (7) 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 322 dedicated professionals and over 10,896 miles of distribution line, Sawnee stands ready at all times to meet the needs of its members/owners.

Sawnee Electric Membership Corporation strives daily to live up to their motto…“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


“At Sawnee EMC, We’re More Than Electricity, We’re Service”.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.