Public Service Company of Oklahoma Contributions
At Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO), we are celebrating our company’s Centennial this year. In our 100 years of operation as a leading electricity supplier in Oklahoma, PSO has created a legacy of service to our state, our communities and our customers. In addition to providing safe, reliable electricity to our 535,000 customers, we are dedicated to the betterment of the 232 communities we serve across our state.
Annually, our 1,500 employees work to improve the quality of life for all Oklahomans by investing thousands of hours of volunteer work at schools, community events, civic projects, mentoring young people, and working hard to ensure the success of the nonprofit agencies and civic causes across our great state. In 2012, our ACE Team (Association of Caring Employees) received the Outstanding Corporate Volunteer Program award from the Volunteer Tulsa nonprofit organization.
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 $500 or more in 2012.
Moreover, as part of the American Electric Power system, PSO has supported the awarding of grants from the AEP Foundation to a number of important projects and organizations in Oklahoma.
Some recent highlights of Foundation giving on behalf of PSO include:
- A $225,000 grant over three years to the Oklahoma Partnership for School Readiness for early childhood literacy programs. Over the past decade, PSO and the AEP Foundation, together, have contributed more than $2 million across the state to education programs from preschool through high school, including more than $735,000 for early childhood literacy programs. PSO’s interest in and support of early childhood programs started more than 30 years ago, and we have continued to sustain our tradition of partnering with communities and agencies on programs to ensure that children are ready to learn and succeed when they enter school.
- A three-year, $250,000 grant to the Oklahoma State University Foundation to help equip the University’s new Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center in Tulsa.
- A multi-year contribution of $375,000 to the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa in support of its new Hardesty Arts Center, which opened last year in downtown Tulsa. The grant was for the Center's Kids Zone art education classroom.
- A grant of $150,000 to the Western Oklahoma Historical Society for construction of educational space and interactive exhibits designed to make its museum complex in Elk City more accessible and educational for students. The AEP Foundation funds will enhance the Museum’s educational value by tying the exhibits to the state’s history education requirements.
- A multi-year $195,000 grant to the Foundation for Tulsa Public Schools on behalf of the Community Schools initiative of Tulsa Public Schools. In 2013, the AEP Foundation was honored to receive the Spirit of Innovation Award from the Foundation for Tulsa Public Schools for our contribution to this important initiative.
In 2012, PSO’s own contributions to charitable nonprofit entities, plus AEP Foundation grants on behalf of PSO, totaled nearly $886,000…primarily in the areas of education, including early childhood education, environmental stewardship, and arts and culture.
As we celebrate PSO’s Centennial, we take great pride in the significant role our company continues to play in the success of important community organizations and programs, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Service Company of Oklahoma