OGE Energy Corp. Foundation announces $855,000 in grants to 20 Oklahoma nonprofits
Foundation’s giving over five years totals over $11 million
OKLAHOMA CITY — (October 22, 2020) — The OGE Energy Corp. Foundation, Inc. today announced grant donations to 20 Oklahoma City nonprofit organizations, totaling $855,000. Considering these grants, the Foundation has now given over $11 million in scholarships, grants and donations in the last five years alone.
“We recognize that many of our region’s nonprofits provide critical support to the populations they serve, and OG&E is proud to support their missions and programs,” said Sean Trauschke, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of OGE Energy Corp. and OG&E. “The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the importance of our grant recipients’ services.”
The Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) charities to support programs, organizations and institutions that enhance the quality of life and economic well-being of the communities where OG&E operates. The 20 grant recipients represent some of the most impactful organizations in these areas.
The grants include $302,500 to organizations working on the front lines of the coronavirus response and recovery efforts, including $25,000 in support of the Homeless Alliance’s day shelter operations, $10,000 to sustain HeartLine Inc. in its operations of 2-1-1, Oklahoma’s health and human services hotline, and $17,500 toward the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s “Stamp Out Hunger” initiative - the nation’s largest one-day food drive in partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers and the U.S. Postal Service. Earlier in 2020, a $250,000 donation helped support local restaurants bringing nutritious meals to homebound seniors, as well as families in the metro impacted by job loss in partnership with Ending Hunger OKC, providing much-needed relief to restaurant owners and their employees while serving the needs of seniors and families.
An additional $337,500 in grants support several of the state’s key educational and youth development initiatives. This includes $15,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County to provide after school services at six sites, $20,000 to Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma for Camp Trivera – an urban STEM-focused camp, $50,000 to Science Museum Oklahoma for their STEM-focused Omniplex programs, $25,000 to Junior Achievement of Oklahoma to fund programs designed to inspire entrepreneurship and career development in young people and $25,000 to EmbraceOKC to bring mental health awareness and education to students. Teach For America received $150,000 to provide additional training to teachers who will make an impact on students growing up in low-income communities. Other organizations receiving funds for their life-changing programs include Class Matters’ hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, aviation and mathematics) mobile flight experience, Positive Tomorrows’ education programs for children facing homelessness and Junior League of Fort Smith for providing positivity and mentorship to teenagers aging out of the foster system. Organizations such as the Oklahoma Messages Project, which serves children of incarcerated parents, First Serve OKC, a character-building organization for students that focuses on tennis and education, Executive Women International, providing scholarships for adult students returning to school, and the St. Anthony Foundation to support their Cancer Resource Center also received grants.
Organizations benefiting the arts in Oklahoma City received $215,000 to promote the importance of creativity. The grants include $100,000 to Allied Arts which ensures local arts organizations have the tools and resources they need to remain strong, $15,000 to the OKC Philharmonic in support of its education and community outreach initiatives and $100,000 to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art to provide unique exhibitions during the 2020-2021 season.
“The broad selection of organizations receiving the OGE Energy Corp. Foundation Inc. grants are meeting critical needs, strengthening our state’s workforce, and supporting and inspiring Oklahomans of diverse ages and circumstances to invest their time and effort into personal development,” Trauschke said. “OG&E is grateful to each of these nonprofits and honored to contribute to their continued work in the communities we serve.”
Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company, a subsidiary of OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), is Oklahoma’s largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided customers in Oklahoma and western Arkansas the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes at rates below the national average. Our employees are committed to generating and delivering electricity, protecting the environment and providing excellent service to our more than 858,000 customers. OG&E has 7,081 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by low-sulfur coal, natural gas, wind and solar. OG&E employees live, work and volunteer in the communities we serve.
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