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Requests for contributions

UES is committed to generously investing in the communities where we work and live. Our employees consistently volunteer time and effort in order to help our communities grow healthier and stronger. Through local partnerships we are able to improve the quality of life in Arizona. To request contributions, please review the information below.

Corporate Giving

UES' corporate philanthropy has helped local nonprofit agencies improve the quality of life in our community. Each year UES contributes to the community through employee volunteerism and financial contributions. We are proud of the generous time and efforts our employees donate. Supporting local initiatives each year remains an integral aspect of our company.

Employee Volunteerism Program

UES supports and empowers employee volunteerism through our innovative, award-winning Community Action Team (CAT) program. Guided by regional steering committees and staffed by community relations, CAT provides connections and support for UES employees to volunteer their time and expertise throughout the community. CAT aligns employees looking to donate their time and effort with community partners, nonprofits, and organizations who need volunteers.

To learn more about CAT or to request donations please view the Guidelines tab.


Please review these eligibility standards to see if your organization qualifies for employee volunteerism or financial contributions through UES.

  • Programs directly benefiting customers and communities in UES service territory or where company facilities are located are eligible for consideration.
  • Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code, educational or government.
  • Eligible organizations will have been operating in good standing at least three years.

Focus Areas

UES' corporate philanthropy focuses on critical areas in the communities UNS serves. Please review to see if your organization is within one or more of these areas in order to be considered for donations through our employee volunteerism program or financial contributions.

  • Environmental programs that are engaged in conservation activities.
  • Programs to support basic health, safety and well-being.
  • Community development and civic engagement that have UES upper management leadership involvement.
  • Child welfare and family strengthening programs.
  • Volunteer projects that have UniSource employee involvement.
  • Science/technology educational enrichment.


Unfortunately, we cannot grant all requests for donations submitted to our company. UES reviews the following factors in granting requests:

  • Impact on the community and practicality of successful results.
  • Employee volunteer involvement (CAT).
  • Number of people served; strive for broad-based community impact.
  • Programmatic strength and financial viability of organization.
  • Partnerships that promote collaborations, reduce duplication of services, and increase agency capacity.
  • Generally organizations will not be funded multiple times in a calendar year.


Please review these general restrictions on UES corporate donations through employee volunteerism or financial contributions.

  • Organizations that are outside of service territories or company facility locations
  • Religious, fraternal, social or recreational activities
  • Political or partisan organizations or candidates
  • Individuals
  • Individual schools K-12 (all schools in the UES service area are offered safety, environmental and science-related curricula and supplemental resources at no charge. Click here for information. )
  • Organizations serving people suffering from a single disease or medical condition, or for medical research (exceptions are CAT projects such as walks.)
  • Endowments
  • Capital campaigns
  • Travel funds of any kind
  • Adult sports
  • Entertainment and recreation events
  • Agencies that contribute more than 10 percent of budget to outside service territory

UES has a strict non-solicitation policy—employees may not fundraise for their charity or event at work or using workplace resources. When employees choose to support a nonprofit fundraiser (such as a charity walk), the company will donate to the charity in place of employees paying/raising a participation fee.

Employee Serving on a Nonprofit Board

UES' most valuable resource is our employees. The company encourages employees to participate in community leadership by serving on the board or a committee of a nonprofit organization.

Employees serving in governance positions should contact the Director of Community Relations to explore resources that may be available to their agency. In general, the company will give some level of contribution in support of volunteer leadership, grant higher priority for donation of in-kind services (such as printing and salvage equipment) and seek employee input on agency grant or volunteer requests.

An employee or an agency can initiate the request for contributions (financial, equipment, and in-kind). Please click on the link below to get started.

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Contact Community Relations

UniSource Energy Services
P.O. Box 711 - UE102
Tucson, Arizona 85702
Phone: 520-884-3740
Fax: 520-884-3606

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