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AEP FOUNDATION

The American Electric Power Foundation is funded by American Electric Power and its utility operating units. The Foundation provides a permanent, ongoing resource for charitable initiatives involving higher dollar values and multi-year commitments in the communities served by AEP and initiatives outside of AEP’s 11-state service area.

The Foundation focuses on improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math and by meeting basic needs for emergency shelter, affordable housing and the elimination of hunger. Other foundation support may be offered to protect the environment, support healthcare and safety, and enrich life through art, music and cultural heritage.

The following focus areas will be eligible for consideration by the Foundation:

  • Improving lives through education from early childhood through higher education, with an emphasis in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
  • Providing basic human services in the areas of hunger and housing to assure that people have the necessities to build successful lives.
  • Enriching the overall vitality of the community and to improving the environment and people’s lives.

To qualify for a grant from our foundation, you must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) public charity, a state or political subdivision, a government-owned or operated college or university, or an exempt operating foundation; and
  • Be located within the AEP service territory or be national or regional in scope and have a purpose that is beneficial to the general public, the broad environment or the customers of American Electric Power.

Organizations and Activities Not Eligible

  • Individuals. The Foundation does not provide grants directly to any individuals for travel, study, healthcare or any other purpose.
  • Religious organizations. The Foundation may consider grants requested by such an organization if it is an eligible organization and the grant would support non-sectarian social service activities that are available to the broad community.
  • Fraternal and veterans organizations
  • Programs that are solely athletic in nature and not connected to broader community or developmental goals.
  • Certain supporting organizations.

How to Apply

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations must secure an invitation to apply by their local AEP Operating Company. Those organizations accepted for application will be directed to apply online. Requests are accepted throughout the year for consideration at regular meetings of the American Electric Power Foundation board of directors.

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o AEP Ohio
Markee Osborne
1 Riverside Plaza, 23rd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215
mlosborne@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o Kentucky Power
Allison Barker
855 Central Avenue, Suite 200
Ashland, KY 41101
adbarker@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o AEP Texas
Tina Salazar
539 N. Carancahua, 17th Floor
Corpus Christi, TX 78478
tmsalazar@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o PSO
Tiffini Jackson
1601 North West Expressway, Suite 1400
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
tsjackson@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o Appalachian Power
Jeri Matheney
P. O. Box 1986
Charleston, WV 25327-1986
jhmatheney@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o SWEPCO
Brian Bond
428 Travis St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
(for portions of east Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana)
tbbond@aep.com

American Electric Power Foundation
c/o Indiana Michigan Power
Kim Sabrosky
110 East Wayne St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
kmsabrosky@aep.com

Key Documents

corporate giving

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.

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.

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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.

Proposals and Submitting Requests

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

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

AEP Ohio Markee Osborne
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

MATCHING GIFTS

We value education at AEP and like to support our employees’ alma maters. Our matching gifts program does just that. It provides an opportunity for eligible employees, retirees and directors to join the company in supporting institutions of higher education, subject to the terms and conditions below.

For Employees, Retirees & Directors:
How do I initiate a Matching Gift?

In order to generate the match, the university must complete the online application. Upon verification of eligibility, the university can expect a match within one month.

Submit the following three forms along with your donation to the eligible institution:

We’re neighbors, let’s connect

We are committed to serving your family and our communities. Our staff of Community Affairs professionals throughout our 11-state service territory is here to serve you. Our team lives and works in your community, and connect with local community, governmental and business leaders.

Among other issues, you can contact your nearest Community Affairs manager to ask about the following.

  • Franchise agreements
  • Right-of-way ordinances
  • Local ordinances
  • Regulatory and legislative matters
  • Related tax matters
  • Service quality issues
  • Community support programs
  • AEP volunteerism and philanthropic efforts
  • Educational resources
  • Electrical safety information
  • Customer Choice information
  • Economic Development consultation
  • Project siting

Giving Back

To find the Community Affairs Manager nearest you, select your state:

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.

Credits CountSM

Life is full of firsts. From learning to walk to exploring college and career options, first steps can be intimidating, especially if students aren’t ready to enter college, start a career or able to pay for college tuition.

That’s why the American Electric Power Foundation introduced Credits CountSM. In conjunction with local community colleges across our service territory, Credits Count helps students fill in learning gaps, so they are ready to study college-level courses while still in high school. By graduation, students will have earned credits that count toward a certificate in a STEM-related career or a college degree in fields that include engineering, biotechnology and information technology. We have committed $14.2 million to the program which operates in all seven AEP operating company service areas.

Through Credits Count, we’re helping young people to become the next generation of critical thinkers that will find solutions to complex challenges for business and communities.

Program Elements

  • Middle school STEM exploration
  • College course readiness assessment and tutoring
  • Summer bridge program to sharpen English, math and/or science skills
  • Dual enrollment in high school and community college

Participating Schools