Cloud Peak Energy, one of the largest U.S. coal producers, was recognized as Outstanding Corporation of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Montana Chapter, at the group's award ceremony on November 10, 2016. The award highlights the commitment of Cloud Peak Energy to its communities through philanthropic service and support. Cloud Peak Energy, which operates the Spring Creek Mine, Montana's largest coal mine by production, partners with a wide variety of organizations in Montana, including Billings Family Services, Billings Clinic, and the Chase Hawks Foundation. Last year alone, the Company generated over $17 million in economic activity in the state and contributed $52 million in taxes, royalties, and fees to Montana and the state's local governments. "Cloud Peak Energy's commitment and dedication is greatly appreciated by all who are impacted through your spirit of giving," said Amberly Pahut, Secretary of the Montana Chapter of AFP. "The communities near Cloud Peak Energy's mines, office locations, and development projects are an important part of our Company," said Colin Marshall, President and CEO of Cloud Peak Energy. "Not only are these communities our neighbors, but they also play a significant role in our success. We are proud to contribute to programs that work to meet the critical needs of our communities. I greatly appreciate the recognition that AFP has given Cloud Peak Energy through this award." "The numerous organizations that Cloud Peak Energy has partnered with across the state of Montana have all stepped up to make these communities a better place to live," said Molly Schwend, Cloud Peak Energy's Billings office representative and Manager of Public Affairs and Community Relations. "We're happy to support these organizations that are making a difference in Montana and appreciate the opportunity to play a part in that." The award was presented on National Philanthropy Day, to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions philanthropy have made to our lives, our communities, and our world.