Giving Back To Our Service Territory

NorthWestern Energy wants to make the communities we serve better places to live, work and prosper. That's why we're proud to donate to a wide range of worthy causes.

While we seek to support a wide range of community activities, donations will generally be made to those non-profit groups that have the greatest opportunity for positively affecting the communities we serve and are focused in one of the following categories:

  • EDUCATION: Donations to education will primarily be made through university system foundations and scholarship programs. Donations will also be made in support of local colleges, and special primary and secondary education programs in the fields of science, technology, math, and youth leadership.
  • HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES: Donations will be considered for organizations serving human needs such as the United Way, youth homes and special community health and safety needs. Donations will generally not be made to national health organizations or for medical equipment or research funds.
  • CIVIC AND COMMUNITY: Donations will be considered for civic improvement, special events, and youth and senior citizen organizations.
  • CULTURE AND THE ARTS: Donations will be considered for local museums, libraries, cultural centers and the performing arts.
  • RESOURCE CONSERVATION: Donations will be considered for requests regarding environmental preservation including habitat, fish and wildlife protection.

Energy Assistance is Available

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NorthWestern Energy Donated More Than $400,000 in COVID Relief

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NorthWestern Energy Donated More Than $400,000 in COVID Relief

During 2020, NorthWestern Energy's Charitable Contributions Committees approved almost $450,000 in charitable contributions to qualified organizations. In addition, the Company donated more than $400,000 in COVID relief to customers, small businesses, and non-profit relief agencies.

Fill out our Charitable Giving Application

We encourage qualified nonprofit organizations that operate within our service territory to apply for donations through our NorthWestern Energy Charitable Giving program. Our local committees review requests year-round and determine funding.

Charitable Giving FAQs

  • Donations will not be made to, for, or on behalf of: 
    • National organizations, but may be made to local affiliates providing services within our communities
    • Support political activities or organizations established to primarily influence legislation
    • Religious purposes, although academic non-religious learning activities or sporting events provided at private schools may be considered
    • Donations will not be made to, or on behalf of, individuals
    • Generally will not be made in support of fraternal, service, veteran, social groups or sporting events. These may be considered for discretionary giving
  • Should generally be monetary only. In limited instances, non-monetary gifts may be considered. We will not fund multi-year requests
  • While we seek to support a wide range of community activities, donations will generally be made to those nonprofit groups that have the greatest impact.
  • Organizations must submit requests each time they wish to be considered. The company will not donate annual, automatic contributions to any organization.
Applicants may expect a response within approximately 12 weeks (quarterly).
  • Geographic location – is the recipient in the geographic area served by the company or where the company has a significant business operation?
  • Previous history of contributions.
  • The perceived effectiveness of the organization, the need for the activity or facility relative to other organizations in the Community or region.
  • The level of support being received by the organization from the area in which it operates and from other sources. Generally, we do not wish to provide the sole funding for a project.

Qualified nonprofit organizations must submit an application or written request with proof of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) or Section 170(c)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code to be eligible for consideration.
Our charitable contribution application is available here.
Additional Questions?
If you have questions about our charitable giving program, or you have problems downloading the guidelines or application form, e-mail us via our inquiry form or contact your local Community Relations Manager below.