Devon is proud to invest in the quality of life in our communities — for our neighbors, our employees and our company.
Community development, social services, arts and culture
Devon is a leading contributor to philanthropic campaigns for nonprofit agencies in our hometown, Oklahoma City, and in communities where we operate. With the company’s one-to-one match for employee donations, our 2018 Give for Good campaign raised more than $2.2 million for the United Way of Central Oklahoma that supports 58 partner agencies, as well as the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We also supported the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic in 2018 by contributing to equipment for the clinic’s women’s lab. In 2017, Devon donated $40,000 to the clinic to improve access to lifesaving breast cancer and colorectal cancer screenings for American Indian women.
We host an employee fundraising campaign for Oklahoma Allied Arts, and make grants to the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, the Oklahoma City Ballet, the Arts Council of Oklahoma and Lyric Theatre. We’re pleased to contribute to arts and culture organizations that add vibrancy and enhance the quality of life in our communities.
Matching employee gifts to institutions of higher education
Through Devon’s Higher Education Gift Matching Program, employees can enhance their personal donations to qualifying educational institutions. With the company’s match ratio of 1 to 1.5, an eligible employee’s gift of $1,000 to an accredited undergraduate or graduate school is matched with $1,500 from Devon, for a total combined gift of $2,500. We match up to $10,000 per employee in a calendar year. From 2009-2018, Devon and our employees donated nearly $2 million under the program to qualifying colleges and universities.
Environment and conservation
Devon has partnered with the Wyoming Conservation Corps (WCC) since 2007 to involve youth in conservation around the state. Each year, WCC students complete a 10-day project of habitat restoration and related land-stewardship activities. Devon employees join the students for a day to share insights about the oil and gas industry and host a visit to active operations. In 2019, we celebrated our 12th year of partnership. Our WCC projects create lasting benefits for public lands in Wyoming, while informing the students about energy production, environmental stewardship and land management.
Our support of the Nature Conservancy is helping 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.
Local emergency response and preparedness
Devon builds supportive relationships with the emergency responders who protect our communities. We invested approximately $300,000 in 2018 to help local emergency response groups with equipment purchases, training and other needs. We continued our practice of hosting annual response exercises with community agencies and partners to work through scenarios and response plans. We held full-scale exercises with fire, law enforcement, emergency management and emergency medical services in Cuero, Texas, and Artesia, New Mexico. Devon also hosted appreciation events for fire departments in our Oklahoma and New Mexico operating areas, and quarterly roundtables for emergency responders in southern Texas.