Devon invests in the communities where we operate because it’s the right thing to do for our neighbors, our employees and our business. We focus our giving in areas where we can have the greatest impact on quality of life, improve goodwill in communities and make Devon a stronger company.
Environment and conservation
In 2017, we agreed to cancel federal leases near sacred tribal land in Montana, and then we donated the proceeds to conservation and tribal programs. We donated $100,000 to The Nature Conservancy, $40,000 to the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic and $25,000 to the American Indian College Fund.
The donation to The Nature Conservancy supports the Chickasaw Nation’s efforts to protect the Blue River in the Oka’ Yanahli Preserve, safeguarding its cultural heritage and encouraging biodiversity in the area.
The gift to the Indian Clinic improves access to lifesaving breast cancer and colorectal cancer screenings for American Indian women, and the college fund contribution helps support more than 6,500 scholarships for Native American students each year.
Our partnership with the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) celebrated its 10th year of engagement on energy production, environmental stewardship and land management in 2017. Each year, WCC students complete a 10-day project involving habitat restoration and other land-stewardship activities. Devon employees join the students for a day to share insights about the oil and gas industry, including a visit to active operations. In 2017, WCC, Devon and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) removed, replaced or repaired 4.5 miles of wildlife-friendly fencing and made other improvements. Over the past decade, our WCC projects have created lasting benefits for public lands in Wyoming.
Local emergency response and preparedness
We support emergency responders who protect our communities. In 2017, we invested approximately $200,000 in local emergency response groups in our U.S. operating areas for equipment purchases, training and other needs, and donated six vehicles to law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico.
To strengthen our relationships with local emergency responders, Devon hosted appreciation events for fire departments in our Oklahoma and New Mexico operating areas and quarterly roundtables for emergency responders in south Texas. We also organized the first full-scale emergency response exercise at our field office in Bridgeport, Texas. The simulated tornado strike was an opportunity for representatives of 14 state and local agencies in Wise County to practice their response procedures.
Community development, social services, arts and culture
We are proud to be a leading contributor to campaigns for local nonprofit agencies. Through a one-to-one match for employee donations, our 2017 Give for Good campaign raised nearly $2.6 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Devon hosts an annual employee fundraising campaign for Allied Arts, and provides grants to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Ballet, the Arts Council of Oklahoma, Lyric Theatre and other arts and culture organizations that contribute to a vibrant quality of life in our community.
Devon Canada offers grant programs to schools and community organizations in Alberta, including “Investing in People,” supporting programs that create healthy and respectful workplaces in the nonprofit sector, and “Safe & Healthy Communities,” for programming and organizations that promote a safe and healthy lifestyle for individuals, youth and families. In 2017, Devon Canada awarded grants to 22 organizations and an additional 10 schools received Ingenuity STEM Grants.