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Avangrid Foundation Honors Longstanding American Red Cross Partnership with $250,000 Donation

Avangrid Foundation Honors Longstanding American Red Cross Partnership with $250,000 Donation


Executive Robert Kump joins Connecticut Board of Directors

ORANGE, CT — March 12, 2019 — The Avangrid Foundation announced today an additional $250,000 gift to The American Red Cross in support of its Disaster Responder Program. This is the second monetary gift provided by the foundation, resulting in a total program contribution of $500,000. Additionally, Robert Kump, Avangrid Foundation Board Director and Chief Executive Officer – Avangrid Networks, has joined the Red Cross Board of Directors in Connecticut. 

“Our partnership with the Avangrid Foundation demonstrates the true power of cross-sector collaboration, working together toward the betterment of society,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region. “Ultimately, this gift will allow the Red Cross to continue to deliver vital services, including disaster response, sheltering and other essential assistance.”

The Avangrid Foundation is an independent organization that funds philanthropic investments in areas where AVANGRID Inc. (NYSE: AGR), a diversified energy company, and its subsidiaries operate. Since 2002, the Foundation and its predecessors have invested more than $21 million in grants, contributions, scholarships and matching gift programs with a focus on building sustainable, vital and healthy communities; preserving cultural and artistic heritage; advancing education and improving the lives of people in the communities we serve. AVANGRID’s family of companies has a long history of support and partnership with the Red Cross, from local blood drives to regional emergency planning efforts and emergency response. This donation allows the Red Cross to continue to provide essential volunteer training as well as secure and maintain the shelters, vehicles and supplies necessary for rapid emergency response on all scales. 

Kump, a seasoned executive with over 30 years of experience in the energy sector, is currently responsible for the utility operations of AVANGRID, serving 3.2 million customers in New York and New England. 

“Utility workers are first responders; our people have long worked alongside the Red Cross in times of crisis and emergency,” said Kump. “We are dedicated to ensuring that our communities are prepared before disaster strikes. Preparedness is a significant component of our proactive approach to strengthening communities, and I am honored to help steward the work of this great organization as a member of the board.”

The Red Cross responds to more than 62,000 disasters each year across the country, including home fires, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and wildfires. Red Cross services are provided to people in need of assistance at no cost and regardless of income through the generosity of Red Cross donors.

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About Avangrid

About Avangrid: Avangrid, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) aspires to be the leading sustainable energy company in the United States. Headquartered in Orange, CT with approximately $44 billion in assets and operations in 24 U.S. states, Avangrid has two primary lines of business: networks and renewables. Through its networks business, Avangrid owns and operates eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving more than 3.3 million customers in New York and New England. Through its renewables business, Avangrid owns and operates a portfolio of renewable energy generation facilities across the United States. Avangrid employs approximately 8,000 people and has been recognized by JUST Capital in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024 as one of the JUST 100 companies – a ranking of America’s best corporate citizens. In 2024, Avangrid ranked first among utilities and 12 overall. The company supports the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals and was named among the World’s Most Ethical Companies in 2024 for the sixth consecutive year by the Ethisphere Institute. Avangrid is a member of the group of companies controlled by Iberdrola, S.A. For more information, visit


About Iberdrola: Iberdrola is one of the world's biggest energy companies and a leader in renewables, spearheading the energy transition to a low carbon economy. The group supplies energy to almost 100 million people in dozens of countries. With a focus on renewable energy, smart networks and smart solutions for customers, Iberdrola’s main markets include Europe (Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, France, Germany, Italy and Greece), the United States, Brazil, Mexico and Australia. The company is also present in growth markets such as Japan, Taiwan, Ireland, Sweden and Poland, among others.

With a workforce of nearly 40,000 and assets in excess of €141.7 billion, across the world, Iberdrola helps to support 400,000 jobs across its supply chain, with annual procurement of €12.2 billion. A benchmark in the fight against climate change, Iberdrola has invested more than €130 billion over the past two decades to help build a sustainable energy model, based on sound environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles.

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