Each year we provide as many as 150 Upper Peninsula non-profit organizations and associations with grants and volunteer support that improve the quality of life in our region. None of the funds provided come out of any portion of UPPCO’s operational budget. Instead, charitable funds come from two sources:
- A portion of the donated funds comes from the generosity of current and former UPPCO employees, who regularly contribute through the United Way.
- Funds are drawn from UPPCO earnings as profit after all operating costs and reinvestment into operations have been accounted for.
Here are a few examples of our community support efforts:
Supporting the Historical Society of Michigan’s U.P. Centennial Farms
Upper Peninsula farming families have helped define the culture of the Upper Peninsula and contributed to Michigan’s development. As a sponsor of the Historical Society of Michigan ‘s Centennial Farm Program, UPPCO helps commemorate the dramatic changes electricity has brought to farm operation and family life.
The Centennial Farm program recognizes farms that have remained in the same family for 100 years or more. To be designated as a Centennial Farm, a property must be a working farm of 10 or more acres that has been continuously owned by the same family for at least 100 years. Once a farm is certified through the Michigan Centennial Farm Program, the owners will receive a certificate as well as a display marker for their farm.
The official green-and-yellow markers are sponsored by UPPCO in our Upper Peninsula service area. UPPCO is proud to recognize these Centennial Farms:
The Richer Centennial Farm DesignationDale and Renee Richer accept their Centennial Farm marker from UPPCO’s Dave Puskala. The Richer farm in Flat Rock was purchased by the family in 1909.
The Vuk Family Centennial Farm DesignationCarl Vuk accepts his Centennial Farm marker from UPPCO’s Dan Crane. The Vuk farm in L’anse was founded in 1914.
|Farm Name||Year Founded||County||Centennial Certification Date|
|Augustus Schaffer Farm||1857||Ontonagon||02/01/1962|
|James Daniels Farm||1865||Ontonagon||01/18/1966|
|Jermiah Penegor Farm||1850||Ontonagon||06/16/1966|
|Alex Rheault Farm||1866||Houghton||9/22/1969|
|Patrick DeLoughary Farm||1882||Menominee||04/15/1982|
|August and Sophia Krans Farm||1882||Iron||03/08/1985|
|Joel David and Anna Millard Farm||1857||Ontonagon||05/10/1985|
|Peder Olaus Olsen Farm||1884||Iron||09/23/1985|
|Fred A. and Regina Hall Farm||1889||Iron||05/20/1986|
|Carl Kunde Farm||1881||Marquette||11/24/1986|
|John Soderquist Farm||1894||Iron||01/06/1989
|Richard and Ann Pawley Farm||1888||Schoolcraft||05/17/1989|
|Wardeslaw Luba Farm||1893||Iron||02/13/1990|
|Martin and Anna Smydra Farm||1891||Ontonagon||09/13/1991|
|William Davey Farm||1853||Ontonagon||02/19/1992|
|Louis and Melina Vadnais Farm||1885||Houghton||05/08/1992|
|Minnie Rosenquist Farm||1893||Iron||04/28/1993|
|Johan Simi Farm||1899||Houghton||09/01/2000|
|Alphonse and Elizabeth DuBord Farm||1900||Delta||03/30/2001|
|George Wittaker DeLoughary Farm||1891||Menominee||06/28/2002|
|John Erick and Wilhelmiina Kangas Farm||1903||Ontonagon||06/30/2003|
|Hans and Amalia Hannula Farm||1888||Houghton||11/14/2003|
|Joseph and Angeline Herioux Farm||1896||Delta||10/15/2004|
|Joseph and Emma Kyllonen Farm||1904||Houghton||07/16/2005|
|Jacob and Augusta Shunk Farm||1898||Marquette||09/10/2005|
|Alfred Smedlund Farm||1906||Iron||03/28/2006|
|Noel Bissonette Farm||1883||Delta||2/19/2008|
|Jacob Wurzer Farm||1910||Iron||9/28/2010|
|George and Catherine Hughes Farm||1902||Delta||11/21/2011|
|Joseph and Adelle Germain Farm||1905||Delta||11/30/2012|
|Stanislaus Krolik Farm||1891||Baraga||4/12/2013|
|Henry Witte Farm||1914||Delta||6/4/2014|
|Eli and Johanna Turpeinen Farm||1915||Baraga||6/3/2015|
|Anton and Anna Vuk Farm||1914||Baraga||2/13/2018|
|Joseph Emanuel Richer Farm||1908||Delta||8/2/2018|
Charitable Contribution Guidelines
UPPCO gives funding priority to organizations that:
- Are located within or provide significant benefit to communities served by UPPCO
- Promote volunteerism
- Cooperate, rather than compete, with similar organizations, and strive to minimize duplication of services
- Hold nonprofit status
UPPCO focuses funding efforts in five major categories:
- Arts & Culture: We support projects that promote diversity and make the arts accessible to all people, including theater, dance, music, and museums.
- Community and Neighborhood Development: We support nonprofit organizations dedicated to community improvement.
- Education: We support programs where businesses and educational institutions partner, provide career planning, and mentor youth.
- Environment: We protect and encourage the wise use of natural resources and support efforts towards the betterment of fish and wildlife, water and air quality, forests, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and recycling.
- Health and Human Services: We support wellness programs and those that serve limited-income, senior, and handicapped individuals.
If you have read our contribution guidelines and feel your request qualifies, click the button below to apply for a grant.
What we do not fund:
- Churches and other religious organizations
- Political organizations
- Organizations that discriminate for any reason, including race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, national origin or sexual orientation
- National and international organizations that operate outside the area we serve and whose funds are not used locally
- Free electric service, moving of poles or utility-related construction
If UPPCO hasn't provided funds to your organization in the past, please submit a W-9 form with your application.
Dollars for Doers
The UPPCO Dollars for Doers Program offers an opportunity for employees and retirees to volunteer and raise funds for their favorite nonprofit organizations. Employees and retirees who volunteer can earn donations of up to $300 per year for the organization of their choice, provided the nonprofit’s mission and work fit into the five priority areas of UPPCO charitable giving (see Charitable Contribution Guidelines).
Dollars for Doers request form should be submitted by the employee or retiree to the program coordinator by December 31 of each year for volunteer hours performed that calendar year.
Please direct questions to the UPPCO Dollars for Doers program coordinator at (906) 232-1403.