We invest in vibrant communities where our employees and neighbors have access to vital social services and opportunities to enjoy arts and culture. As a leading philanthropic contributor to nonprofit organizations in our operating communities, Devon’s support aligns with our value to make a positive and sustainable impact.
Devon’s Give for Good campaign is our primary philanthropic event each year. In 2020, we expedited the campaign to make funding available to meet significant community needs heightened by the pandemic. Employees gave generously to our “give if you can, give if you want to” campaign that raised over $1.4 million for United Way of Central Oklahoma, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, and United Way and Blessing in a Backpack in Wyoming. The donations provided much-needed resources for children, seniors and families.
Employees also had the opportunity to respond to the Food Bank’s challenge to fill boxes leftover from Christmas with non-perishable food items to supplement the pandemic-related decline in donations during the holiday season.
Arts and culture for all
We’re committed to making our hometown of Oklahoma City a lively and appealing place to live, work and play, and we recognize that visual and performing arts are vital to reaching that goal. Devon supports many local arts and culture organizations, including the Oklahoma City Ballet, Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, and Lyric Theater. We also hold an annual fundraising campaign for Allied Arts to support more than 40 local arts organizations.
Nature and conservation
Devon is a long-time supporter of The Oklahoma Nature Conservancy and its focus on sharing the love of nature and conservation throughout the state. We support the organization’s ground stewardship activities, such as controlled burning for range management, invasive species control and scientific research. Our dollars helped stand up operations at the newest preserve on the Blue River, Oka’ Yanahli, which encompasses 3,600 acres of native prairie and two miles of the river.
Each year, Devon participates in National Public Lands Day in New Mexico, a project to repair and restore public recreation areas. We’ve also partnered with the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) for the past 14 years, contributing funding and volunteers to improve public lands in the state.
Inclusion and Equity Grants
Listening to our stakeholders helps Devon understand needs in the community and invest in programs that make a real difference in people’s lives. Our ongoing conversations about social and racial justice issues inspired us to expand our social investments beyond our established focus areas in Oklahoma City. With the help of Devon’s employee-led DEI Team, we identified existing programs we hadn’t supported before. We awarded our first Devon Inclusion and Equity Grants totaling $100,000 to nine organizations having a positive impact in the community. Our intent is to cultivate new partnerships like this annually and to be accountable for helping them achieve their missions.
Beta Eta Lambda Foundation ($5,000) for the 2020-21 Alpha Boys Institute program aimed at preventing school dropouts and crime. Sixth-grade students receive mentoring services including conflict resolution, life skills and financial management. Seventh graders participate in robotics programming and eighth-grade students learn entrepreneurship. Additionally, participants receive a weekly food distribution.
Foundation for OKC Public Schools (OKCPS) ($25,000) for financial and academic support for paraprofessionals of color already working in OKCPS to finish college and earn their teaching certification, without any debt. Upon successful completion of the program, the paraprofessionals are committed to serve as full-time teachers in OKCPS for three years.
“The ongoing support that Devon provides for our Bilingual and Diversity Teacher Pipeline Program is helping change our teacher workforce.”
Hope for Generations ($5,000) for a new program designed to support single mothers in the Lyrewood community with meals, supplies for engagement activities and local speakers.
Nappy Roots Books ($10,000) for its Sankofa Summer Academy which serves 50 students with a focus on growing and nurturing leaders in the northeast community.
OKC Black Eats ($8,500) to fund the Black Eats Freedge, a free community refrigerator. OKC Black Eats collects food from local grocery stores and eateries and provides them for free to the northeast community. Devon’s grant also supports OKC Black Eats’ Urban Plan to Community Building workshops focused on revitalizing economically depressed neighborhoods by attracting retail, residential and business spaces.
Restore OKC ($25,000) to assist with funding The Market at EastPoint, a community-led grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City. Much of the produce will be provided by Restore Farms, an urban agricultural project led by high school students. Restore OKC will pay a third party to manage the store, but all the jobs inside the store will be from Restore Jobs, which provides jobs to single mothers.
Shiloh Camps ($10,000) to help support its summer programming for teens, including high adventure activities, character-building activities and a safe place to foster positive, healthy relationships.
Stronger Together Movement ($5,000) to launch a membership drive to further engage the Oklahoma City community in Stronger Together’s mission to further racial equity education across the metro area.
Urban League ($6,500) to support the social justice program, part of the Urban League’s efforts to promote equality and equity for African Americans.