“As profits fell and the unemployment rate soared, local charitable organizations were receiving more money. They were able to help when it was needed most, thanks to new donations from oil and gas companies. United Way has collected nearly $1.2 million from the industry since 2007,” Murphy said.
Penn Live had a great article this week showcasing the amazing charitable giving that is coming out of the oil and gas sector of manufacturing in Pennslyvania, including NAM members Range Resources and Chesapeake Energy! What makes this act of philanthropy even more incredible is that it comes at a time when the oil and gas industry is facing economic headwinds, and instead of shying away, they are digging in and giving back! Check out the full article below!
By Candy Woodall on March 22, 2016
Barbara Murphy had an up‑close view of how much money her nonprofit was losing and worried it would only get worse in the throes of the recession.
“We were losing money every year until 2007,” she said.
That year the fundraisers at the United Way of Washington County were hoping the organization could attract at least $750,000 in donations.
Murphy, who was the resource development director at the time, was in charge of “shaking bushes for money.”
Now she’s president of the nonprofit and oversees a budget that has grown in the last nine years. It reached more than $1.5 million by June 2015.
“It makes me look like a miracle worker, and I’d love to take credit, but it was being in the right place at the right time,” Murphy said.
The right place was thousands of feet above a river of natural gas, and the right time was at the start of the Marcellus Shale boom.
“If a charity in Washington County is not receiving money from Marcellus Shale companies, it’s because they’re not asking,” Murphy said.
Oil and gas development was a game‑changer for nonprofits in Washington County and throughout the state.
It’s generally believed that, as goes the economy, so do donations to nonprofits. But the industry changed that axiom in Pennsylvania.
As profits fell and the unemployment rate soared, local charitable organizations were receiving more money. They were able to help when it was needed most, thanks to new donations from oil and gas companies.
United Way has collected nearly $1.2 million from the industry since 2007, Murphy said.
Range Resources was the first company to frack a well in Pennsylvania, and it was the first company to donate to the United Way in 2007.