NRG Reliant Gives

Reliant Gives

The Reliant Gives program, new in 2016, has now donated $345,000 to nine deserving nonprofits and plans to continue supporting great causes in 2017. To date, the Reliant Gives program has impacted nearly 120,000 lives across the state of Texas. Read the 2016 Reliant Gives Community Impact Report

"It is such a joy to see the continued enthusiastic community participation in this great year-long campaign to support Texas nonprofits," said Elizabeth Killinger, president, Reliant and NRG Retail. "From assisting women's shelters to replanting trees to saving animals, it's been both exciting and rewarding to engage with nonprofits and communities in Houston, Dallas and Corpus Christi, and just as important to give the public an opportunity to direct our charitable giving. We are excited to continue our successful momentum in 2017 and beyond."

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The Reliant Gives mission is to support causes that are important to people in Texas communities. Through this program, Reliant employees nominate charitable organizations, three are chosen by the Reliant Charitable Giving committee and the public votes for the organization of their choice. The first place charity winner will receive $100,000; the second place charity winner will receive $10,000; and the third place charity winner will receive $5,000.

In addition to the Reliant Gives program, Reliant supports local communities through volunteerism, charitable giving and partnerships with a variety of organizations, and in 2015 donated over $2.75 million to different causes.

Previous recipients

December 2016

Warren Center Logo

The Warren Center

The Warren Center serves, empowers and advocates for children and families impacted by developmental delays and disabilities. Their vision is to make sure all children, no matter their condition, reach their full potential.

Snowdrop Foundation win

Snowdrop Foundation

Snowdrop Foundation provides scholarships to childhood cancer survivors and current patients attending or planning to attend an institute of higher education in the U.S.



Changing Young Children's Lives through Education, is a children's charity dedicated to improving literacy for at-risk children in Grades K – 3 in Title One Elementary schools in the Greater Houston area. CYCLE's program enables students who improve their literacy skills in the classroom to earn a new bicycle.

September 2016

Friends for Life

Friends For Life

Friends For Life Animal Rescue and Adoption Organization is the only no-kill, LEED-certified animal shelter in Texas, with cageless rooms, natural light and noise-reducing acoustics.

Metrocrest Services

Metrocrest Services

Metrocrest Services provides assistance to individuals, families and seniors dealing with crisis situations, who need help stabilizing their lives or who require support to live independently.

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Driscoll Children's Hospital

Driscoll Children’s Hospital is a world-class 189-bed pediatric tertiary care center — the only hospital in South Texas with an intensive care unit devoted solely to the care of critically ill or injured children.

May 2016

Houston Area Women's Center Holding Check

Houston Area Women's Center

The Houston Area Women's Center (HAWC) helps individuals affected by domestic and sexual violence in their efforts to move their lives forward by providing shelter, counseling and advocacy.

Retreet Holding Check


RETREET is a group of tree and bicycle enthusiasts with strong backs, sharp minds, and big hearts who volunteer to replant communities in the wake of disaster, thereby redefining the concept of disaster relief.

Leukemia Lymphoma Society Holding Check

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society—Texas Gulf Coast Chapter seeks to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.