PSO Contributions

Dear Friends,

At PSO, we’re dedicated to working with those we serve to create positive change together. For more than a century PSO has provided Oklahomans with reliable electric service at competitive prices. We’re also committed to enhancing our state’s social and economic well-being through corporate philanthropy, volunteerism, and support for economic development.

As part of our commitment to help educate and inspire Oklahoma students, PSO contributes to educational initiatives and encourages our team to donate their time and talent to mentor students.

Highlights of our support for education include:

  • Credits Count- PSO has a special emphasis on enhancing Science-Technology-Engineering and Math (STEM) education. We’re now in the third year of the PSO and American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation Credits Count℠ program to provide funding for students in Tulsa Public Schools to explore STEM fields and gain college credits while in high school. More than 15,000 students have participated since 2015.
  • PSO CONNECTS- Our PSO CONNECTS program provides grants to nonprofit organizations and schools where our employees and retirees volunteer.
  • STEM focus- We support school and organization robotics teams with grants from AEP, while our Teacher Vision Grants help fund classroom STEM initiatives. PSO also supports STEM education and student leadership through our support of Oklahoma FFA.
  • Early Childhood Education- Our seventh annual Bright Start, Right Start Preschool Teacher Science Workshop was conducted last summer to incorporate science into preschool curricula. Outside the classroom we also support early learning by sponsoring Week of the Young Child activities throughout our service area.
  • Partners in Education with Tulsa Public Schools (TPS)- We’re proud to be Partners in Education with three schools in the TPS system…Bunche Early Childhood Development Center, Chouteau Elementary, and Central Junior-Senior High School. PSO’s financial resources and employee volunteers help address student needs at TPS. Highlights of this enduring partnership include reading to preschoolers each Friday at Bunche, math and reading tutoring at Chouteau Elementary, and contributions of volunteer time and financial support to prepare Central Junior-Senior High School students for post-high school success.

Compassion and inspiration are part of our culture at PSO, and we support a wide range of education, human services, arts, and other endeavors across the state. We also leverage our contributions through grants from the AEP Foundation that are made on behalf of PSO. In 2017, PSO’s contributions to nonprofits and economic development, plus AEP Foundation grants on behalf of PSO, totaled more than $1.5 million…in the categories of pre-K through higher education, basic human needs, environmental stewardship, arts and culture, and grants to community organizations for economic development efforts.

PSO was honored to receive special recognition from the Tulsa Regional Chamber for the fifth consecutive year for PSO’s achievements in workforce diversity and inclusion.

Our efforts to encourage STEM teaching in the classroom and those of our employees who volunteer as STEM mentors to young students received national recognition when US2020 presented PSO the Excellence in Volunteer Mobilization STEM Mentoring Award for 2017. US2020 is a national organization that promotes STEM mentorship.

Our company is committed to enriching lives in the areas we serve, in part by contributing to our important community organizations and partners. Together, we deliver on that commitment with our time and financial resources. This report provides more detail on the nonprofit organizations, programs and community events that received a donation from us at a level of $100 or more in 2017.

Peggy Simmons
President and Chief Operating Officer
Public Service Company of Oklahoma

Organizations supported by PSO in 2017

  • Ability Resources, Tulsa
  • Adair Community for Excellence in Education Foundation
  • Allen Bowden School
  • Armed Services YMCA Lawton
  • Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa
  • Barnsdall Education Foundation
  • Bartlesville Community Foundation
  • Bartlesville Regional United Way
  • Bixby High School
  • Boys and Girls Club of Choctaw County
  • Boys and Girls Club of Nowata
  • Boy Scouts Indian Nations Council, Tulsa
  • Boy Scouts of America Troop 10
  • Broken Arrow Historical Society
  • Broken Arrow Neighbors
  • Bunche Early Childhood Development Center
  • Caney Valley Athletic Association
  • CASA Tulsa, Inc.
  • CASA of Western Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Catoosa Arts & Tourism
  • Catoosa Education Foundation
  • Cecil Lawrence Potter Community Youth Ranch, Inc.
  • Central High School, Tulsa
  • Child Care Resource Center, Tulsa
  • Children's Hospital Foundation Lawton
  • Choctaw -Pushmataha Youth Service Center
  • Choose to Give, Inc.
  • Chouteau-Mazie Leadership & Academic Support for Students
  • Collinsville FFA
  • Comanche County Saddle and Sirloin, Inc.
  • Community Health Connection, Tulsa
  • Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa
  • Corn Heritage Village of Corn Inc.
  • Deer Capital Tourism Association, Antlers
  • Disaster Resilience Network, Inc., Tulsa
  • Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation
  • Emergency Infant Services, Tulsa
  • Epsilon Sigma Alpha Chapter Inola Run for St. Jude
  • Feed the Need Foundation for Rural Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Frank Phillips Foundation, Bartlesville
  • Garvin Rural Volunteer Fire Dept.
  • Gene Heathcock Community Center
  • General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum
  • Gilcrease Museum Management Trust, Tulsa
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Great Plains Family YMCA
  • Great Plains Technology Center Foundation, Inc.
  • Greenwood Cultural Center, Inc., Tulsa
  • Grove Education Foundation for Excellence
  • Haileyville Public Schools
  • Hispanic American Foundation
  • Hope House of McAlester
  • Idabel Main Street
  • Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc.
  • Inola Educational Enrichment Foundation
  • Jay Public Schools
  • Jay Public Schools Education Foundation
  • Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
  • Jenks Public Schools Foundation
  • Joy in the Cause Company
  • Junior Achievement of Greater Tulsa
  • Kendall Whittier Main Street, Tulsa
  • Ki Bois Community Action Agency
  • Ki Bois Community Action Foundation, Inc.
  • Langley Public Library
  • Lawton Family YMCA
  • Lawton Public Schools Foundation
  • Leadership Lawton-Fort Sill
  • Leadership Oklahoma
  • Leadership Tulsa
  • Life Senior Services, Tulsa
  • Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc.
  • Loaves and Fishes Ministries
  • Locust Grove Public Schools
  • Martial Arts Program and Services
  • McAlester High School Softball
  • McAlester Public Schools
  • McAlester Rite Care Clinic
  • Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, Tulsa
  • Morris Volunteer Fire Department
  • Museum of the Red River
  • National Wild Turkey Federation Oklahoma Chapter
  • Neighbors Along the Line, Tulsa
  • Northeast Transition Team, Inc.
  • Nowata Public Schools
  • Oklahoma Academy for State Goals
  • Oklahoma Safety Council, Inc.
  • Oklahoma State University Foundation
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology School of Engineering
  • Oklahomans for Equality, Tulsa
  • Okmulgee Area Development Corporation
  • Okmulgee Education Foundation
  • Okmulgee Public Schools
  • One Hundred Black Men of Tulsa, Inc.
  • Oklahoma 4-H Foundation
  • Oklahoma Aquarium Foundation
  • Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children Hope Pregnancy Center
  • Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice, Tulsa
  • Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Tulsa
  • Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative, Tulsa
  • Oklahoma Future Farmers of America Foundation Inc.
  • Oklahoma Predictive Maintenance User's Group
  • Oklahoma Southeast
  • Oklahoma University Foundation
  • Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council
  • Oklahomans for Independent Living
  • Owasso Community Resources
  • Owasso Education Foundation
  • Parent Child Center of Tulsa, Inc.
  • Parent Child Center of McAlester
  • PC-Care McAlester
  • Peters Elementary-Broken Arrow
  • Pittsburg County Child Abuse Response Effort
  • Pittsburg County Holiday Commission
  • Pittsburg County Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Potts Family Foundation
  • Pride In McAlester
  • Red Oak Public School/ FFA
  • Rejoice Christian School-Owasso
  • Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Tulsa
  • River Parks Foundation, Tulsa
  • Rogers County United Way
  • Rogers State University Foundation
  • Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma, Inc.
  • Sand Springs Community Services
  • Sand Springs Education Foundation, Inc.
  • San Miguel School of Tulsa
  • Sapulpa Public Schools Foundation
  • Sayre Public School Foundation
  • Sharing Hope of Hugo, Inc.
  • SHWC Angel Tree-Stigler
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University Foundation
  • Southern Workforce Board, Inc.
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Athletic Association
  • Southwestern Oklahoma State University Foundation
  • Special Olympics -Oklahoma
  • Spirit of Tulsa Squadron Commemorative Air Force
  • Stigler Volunteer Fire Department
  • Sutton Avian Research Center, Bartlesville
  • Talihina Economic Development Initiative
  • The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges Ltd., Tulsa
  • The Foundation for Tulsa Schools
  • The Metropolitan Environmental Trust, Tulsa
  • The Nature Conservancy -Oklahoma
  • The Oklahoma Caring Foundation, Inc.
  • The Pencil Box, Inc., Tulsa
  • The Salvation Army-Bartlesville
  • The Salvation Army Tulsa
  • The Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club-Tulsa
  • The State Chamber Research Foundation
  • Tulsa Area United Way
  • Tulsa Charity Christmas Parade
  • Tulsa Community College Foundation
  • Tulsa Community Foundation
  • Tulsa Global Alliance
  • Tulsa Great Raft Race, Inc.
  • Tulsa Historical Society
  • Tulsa International Mayfest
  • Tulsa Jewish Retirement Health Center
  • Tulsa Route 66 Main Street
  • Twin Cities Revitalization Project, Inc.
  • Union Schools Education Foundation, Tulsa
  • United Way of Southwest Oklahoma
  • United Way of Stephens County
  • Up With Trees, Tulsa
  • Vinita Education Foundation
  • Vinita Industrial Authority
  • Volunteers of America of Oklahoma, Tulsa
  • Washington Community Center, Bartlesville
  • Washington County Jr. Livestock Show, Bartlesville
  • Weatherford Area Economic Development Foundation
  • Western Oklahoma Family Care Center, Inc.
  • Wilburton High School
  • Youth Services of Tulsa, Inc.