Corporate Giving Guidelines

Our Commitment

AEP's Community Relations goal is: "To support and play an active, positive role in communities where we live and work." Providing financial support to non-profit organizations within its service territories is just one way AEP works toward this goal.

  • Employee volunteers — Employees throughout the AEP System coordinate numerous company projects to benefit a number of non-profit organizations. Hundreds of employees also share their talents individually as volunteers in our communities.
  • Economic development — AEP sponsors special programs to encourage economic development within its traditional service territory.
  • Matching gifts — Employee contributions to accredited colleges and universities for scholastic programs may be matched by the company through a separate employee educational matching contributions program. See eligibility information (PDF)
  • In-kind donations — AEP makes contributions of non-cash items such as real estate, furniture, equipment and the services of employees on short-term loan to organizations, using similar criteria as cash donations.

Eligibility For Charitable Contributions

To be eligible for corporate contributions, organizations must be tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and benefit communities within AEP's service territory in Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma or communities with major AEP facilities.

Organizations receiving contributions must be in compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunities Act and other federal, state and local laws and regulations.

American Electric Power Company, Inc., its affiliates and the American Electric Power Foundation provide donations or grants only to organizations that do not, either through constitution or any written policy, discriminate against others on the basis of political affiliation, religious belief, age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race or sexual orientation. Each organization applying for support must affirm in its funding request or in the AEP or AEP Foundation on-line grant application that it does not discriminate in this manner.

Corporate Giving Guidelines

Contributions are made principally in the areas of education, the environment and human services, such as hunger, housing, health, and safety.

  • Priority is based on the perceived overall benefit to communities in the company's service area.
  • In the area of education, preference is given to grades pre-K through 12 in the fields of science, technology and math.
  • Multi-year commitments to capital campaigns generally do not exceed five years.
  • AEP and its employees provide strong support to many annual United Way campaigns within our service territory; therefore, additional support to United Way agencies is limited.

Organizations and Activities Not Eligible

  • Religious, fraternal, service and veteran organizations except for non-sectarian social service activities available to the broader community, such as a senior center or a church-owned housing project.
  • Those with a purpose that is solely athletic in nature, not connected to a school or youth group with other developmental goals.
  • Individuals.


Requests for AEP corporate contributions are accepted electronically by invitation only.

Submitting Requests

Written requests for local or statewide projects may be submitted to the appropriate AEP operating unit office:

AEP Ohio Maria Haberman
1 Riverside Plaza, 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
AEP Texas 539 N. Carancahua
17th Floor
Corpus Christi, TX 78478
Appalachian Power P. O. Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
Indiana Michigan Power 110 East Wayne St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Kentucky Power 855 Central Avenue, Suite 200
Ashland, KY 41101
PSO 212 East 6th St.
Tulsa, OK 74119
SWEPCO 428 Travis St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
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