​​The National Grid Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life, economic strength and environmental stewardship in National Grid’s service territory. The Foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for solutions to today’s educational and environmental challenges. By awarding grants to non-profit organizations, the Foundation inspires and serves as a catalyst to a shared future, ultimately impacting and improving lives of the underserved in our neighborhoods. Since its inception in December 1998, the Foundation has provided more than $23 million in grants to hundreds of organizations.

Eileen Cohen as New Chairman of the Board

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National Grid Foundation announces Eileen Cohen has been elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors. She replaces Al Wiltshire who retired as Chairman in December 2018 after joining the Foundation in 2008. Ms. Cohen, who also joined the board in 2008, has served as a board member and vice-chairman for
​National Grid Foundation.

WE BELIEVE that addressing global issues begins at the local level. We support and engage non-profit organizations that take ownership for implementing educational and environmental programs and solutions. These partnerships help build stronger communities -- the important first step in transforming individuals, neighborhoods, cities and, ultimately, our planet.

National Grid reaffirmed its dedication to its communities with the establishment of the  National Grid Foundation in December 1998. A $20 million endowment was provided as an outgrowth of its passion for and commitment to the communities it serves. In September 2000, National Grid enhanced its commitment with an additional gift of $10 million and another $5 million gift in 2007. Since its inception, the Foundation has provided more than $23 million in grants to hundreds of non-profit organizations across its grant-making territory.

The National Grid Foundation is more than a funding source. Through its partnerships, the Foundation is afforded the opportunity to work with a host of diverse non-profit organizations. Our experience has shown that by working together we can bring about change that inspires people and transforms communities.

Recently retired from JP Morgan Asset Management as Managing Director, Ms. Cohen was Chair of the North America Governance Committee and led the firm’s initiatives in corporate governance. She also was a Senior Client Portfolio Manager and a proven expert in investment consulting, financial management and financial communications.


Ms. Cohen is as a mentor in the Executive On Campus program and has been an Adjunct Lecturer at Baruch College and is Senior fellow at the Conference Board Governance Center.

Ms. Cohen said, “It’s an honor to be named chairman of National Grid Foundation. We will continue the work we have accomplished partnering with a diverse group of non-profits. My tenure as a board member has provided a platform for us to move forward and look toward the next 20 years.”

“The board, staff and I thank Al for inspiring us and the organizations we support. His message of building stronger communities and transforming lives is paramount to the Foundation,” said Ed White, Executive Director, National Grid Foundation. “Beginning the new year with a new chairman brings excitement to the work we do. Believing in the mission and keeping our focus on creating meaningful opportunities will create a better world for all of us.”

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