Renewable energy company Drax has announced that seven US charities will receive $433,000 as part of the Drax Foundation’s latest round of donations.

The Drax Foundation funds initiatives that support education and skills development in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and those that improve community green spaces and enhance biodiversity.

The non-profits receiving the donations are spread across Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi, and include the Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), the Houston Audubon, The Nature Conservancy Texas, Project Learning Tree, The Boys and Girls Club of America (Mississippi), The Center for Planning Excellence and The Central Creativity Foundation.

“These organisations breathe life into the communities they serve,” said Annmarie Sartor, community manager for Drax US.

“We rely on the expertise and knowledge of our non-profit partners who help us prioritize funding for some of their harder-to fundraise for areas of work.”

The funds will provide nearly 16,000 children across the southern U.S. with access to STEM education opportunities. Combined with the first wave of funding earlier this year from the Drax Foundation, more than 24,000 young learners will be afforded opportunities in STEM education. This funding will also help to protect more than 2900 acres of natural habitat.

The Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME), which will receive $50,000, creates equitable experiences for students from underrepresented groups to explore futures in engineering. “TAME welcomes The Drax Foundation into our alliance as we continue to prioritize cross-sector partnerships that improve access to engineering pathways for Texas students,” said Andrea Herrera Moreno, executive director of TAME.

“The support from Drax enables us to amplify our impact by investing in our programs and capacity, and we’re very excited to engineer this new partnership.”

The Houston Audubon, which will receive $50,000, is a regional non-profit and accredited land trust focused on protecting the natural environment for birds and people on the upper Texas coast.

“With the generous support of the Drax Foundation, the Houston Audubon can continue to lead the conservation action needed along the Upper Texas Coast to help protect our land as well as the migratory, breeding, and resident birds that depend on us for habitat protection,” said Pete Deichmann, land director with the Houston Audubon.

“Together with our partners, we can build sustainable management practices that benefit birds and people.”
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