Public Service Company of Oklahoma Contributions
Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) is dedicated to providing safe, reliable electricity in sustainable ways at a reasonable cost, to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve, and to supporting our state’s growth and development. We are proud of our more than 100 years of service to Oklahoma.
We are committed to our customers, communities and our state through our corporate philanthropy, volunteerism of our employees, excellent customer service and economic development.
Education is a major focus for PSO – with special emphasis on early childhood education and Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) initiatives. Our Bright Start Right Start Preschool Teacher Science Workshop was presented for the fifth year this past summer, to incorporate science into preschool curriculum. A number of high school and middle school robotics teams have received robotics grants through our parent company, American Electric Power (AEP), and classroom teachers have benefitted from teacher grants, which infuse STEM further into the classroom.
PSO also provides financial support to hundreds of organizations that contribute to the well-being and vitality of the communities we serve. In this special report, we list the charitable nonprofit organizations, programs and community events that received a donation from us at a level of $100 or more in 2014.
As part of the AEP system, PSO supports the awarding of grants from the AEP Foundation to numerous education, human services and arts endeavors.
Some recent highlights of Foundation giving on behalf of PSO include:
- A $100,000 AEP Foundation grant over two years (2014-2015) to the capital campaign of Domestic Violence Intervention Services in Tulsa to build a new 80-bed emergency shelter, 20-unit transitional living apartment complex and counseling offices.
- A $300,000 grant over five years (2011-2015) to the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s “Tulsa’s Future II” project, which is focused on economic and community development, quality of life and education.
- A $250,000 grant over two years (2014-2015) to the Tulsa Library Trust’s capital campaign for renovating the Central Library facility.
- A $30,000 grant to the Community Food Bank for Eastern Oklahoma for its Food for Kids Backpack Program.
- A $100,000 grant to the Oologah Community Foundation over two years (2014-2015) for the construction of a community building with a media center. The construction of the new community center has inspired development of a new community park that will be adjacent to the facility.
- A $250,000 pledge over five years (2010-2014) for the Extreme Fishes and Sea Turtles Experience exhibits at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks.
- A $75,000 grant over three years (2014-2016) to the Tulsa Philbrook Museum of Art’s “MyMuseum” program which supplies children who sign up a free art tool kit each month consisting of different art supplies and art cards to help them explore a new piece of art in the museum or its gardens. More than 14,000 children have already joined.
In 2014, PSO’s own contributions to charitable nonprofits and economic development entities, plus AEP Foundation grants on behalf of PSO, totaled more than $916,000…including pre-K through higher education, basic human needs, and arts and culture. PSO also provided $36,500 in mini-grants to community organizations for community economic development efforts.
We take great pride in the significant role our Company plays in Oklahoma’s growth and development and in contributing to the success of important community organizations and programs. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Service Company of Oklahoma