In Colorado, we held our second annual Day of Service on Sept. 8, 2012, with more than 1,250 Xcel Energy employees, customers and their friends and families donating time to help 41 nonprofit agencies statewide through tasks such as painting, cleaning, distributing, sorting, organizing and planting. We also held our first Day of Caring in the Upper Midwest on Sept. 22, 2012, to thank our local communities. About 450 people, including employees, retirees, contractors and their friends and families, worked on 24 different projects that benefited nonprofit agencies and community partners in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota.
In 2012, more than 5,300 Xcel Energy employees, contractors and retirees contributed $2.8 million for 180 United Ways. With Xcel Energy’s match, we are contributing $5.7 million to communities large and small across our service territory.
We match employee and retiree charitable contributions of $50 or more dollar for dollar through our Matching Gifts program. Gifts are matched up to $750 for nonprofit organizations and up to $2,000 for higher education institutions.
Our Dollars-for-Doing program encourages and supports employee volunteerism by making dollar donations for each hour employees volunteer. The foundation matches up to 100 hours per employee each year at a rate of $10 per hour.
Full-time employees are eligible for 40 hours per year of Volunteer Paid Time Off. The total number of hours volunteered through this program increased by 18 percent in 2012.
We published our first corporate responsibility report (formerly known as the Triple Bottom Line report) in April 2005, with the contents covering the 2004 calendar year, and we have published a similar report in each following year. Our report is based on Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G3 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. Additionally, we incorporate the GRI’s Electric Utilities Sector Supplement indicators wherever possible.