Solar energy fund chosen as one of 15 finalists in Renewal Awards


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A nonprofit program in San Francisco that raises money for solar panel installation costs for other nonprofits has been recognized as a finalist in Allstate’s Renewal Awards.

RE-volv’s entry on The Atlantic’s website says the nonprofit group helps shelters, schools and churches with its “self-perpetuating, pay-it-forward model for solar energy.” Across six states, RE-volv has raised $1 million to install solar energy for 17 recipients. All told, their campaigns have solicited 2,000 donors in 38 states and 22 countries, the entry noted.

Co-sponsored by The Atlantic, The Renewal Awards are designed to reward positive change and innovation in communities across the U.S., according to a press release.

“We are proud to support the organizations and individuals working hard to make their neighborhoods stronger,” Stacy Sharpe, Allstate’s senior vice president, corporate relations, said in the release.

Sharpe added that the amount of groups competing for the award (9,300) testifies to both the great need for help, as well as the “creativity and diversity among change-makers across the country.”

If RE-volv makes the final cut of five winners, they will be honored at a New York ceremony where they will receive a $20,000 Allstate grant.

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