Corporate Citizenship

Corporate Citizenship Highlights

ONEOK works to enhance the quality of life and economic well-being in the communities where we operate through investments in charitable organizations and causes that align with company values and goals. Investing in communities and supporting our employees' efforts to give back is not just the right thing to do, this commitment to service makes ONEOK a stronger company.

During 2020, our community investments team led ONEOK's COVID-19 response to distribute approximately $600,000 to help support our communities. ONEOK continued to honor all its existing charitable commitments, and adapted company giving and volunteer programs to respond to community needs in a safe, virtual or socially distanced manner.

ONEOK contributed $8.2 million and nearly 7,500 volunteer hours across approximately 220 communities in 2020. Additional corporate citizenship highlights during 2020 include:

COVID-19 Response: ONEOK contributed approximately $600,000 in COVID-19 relief to organizations and causes in the communities where we operate. Funds were focused on the purchase of personal protective equipment; equipment and supplies for schools; charitable organizations experiencing increased demand for services; and grants for hospitality and restaurant workers. Visit our COVID-19 relief page for more details.

United Way: ONEOK pivoted to a virtual United Way Campaign that reached more than 1,800 participants and raised $1.6 million through pledges, fundraising events and company matches. The generosity and creativity of our employees meant our campaign was able to exceed its fundraising goal. Additionally, leveraging virtual platforms made the campaign more inclusive across work locations.

Volunteerism: ONEOK shifted its existing and new company volunteer efforts to virtual opportunities. This included hosting a virtual volunteer fair that reached approximately 25 charitable organizations and 150 employee participants. This event led to 10 virtual or socially distanced volunteer projects with approximately 70 employee volunteers.

Wildlife Refuge Project: ONEOK's Ivy Payne Wildlife Refuge project restored all recreational bridges across the 464-acre Texas Land Conservancy property in East Texas, effectively reopening the refuge to the public after several years of being closed due to safety concerns.

Corporate Citizenship Impact

Company Contributions: The ONEOK Foundation provides a consistent level of giving annually through grants and pledges to nonprofit organizations in support of programs, projects and capital campaigns.

ONEOK also provides corporate contributions, generally in the form of sponsorships, to charitable organizations and events. Employees are often able to attend sponsorship-related events to learn more about organizations, which can help expand donor and volunteer bases.

During 2020, ONEOK Foundation giving totaled $5 million, and corporate contributions totaled $3.2 million. Approximately 40%, or $3.5 million, of total giving supported diversity and inclusion-related organizations.

Employee Contributions

ONEOK provides opportunities for employees to volunteer for company-sponsored projects and supports their personal volunteer efforts such as serving on charitable or civic boards and organizations.

In 2020 our volunteer program, Volunteers With Energy, supported approximately 350 volunteers who contributed nearly 7,500 hours of service to various causes in the communities where ONEOK operates. The service value of hours volunteered totaled more than $200,000 based on an estimated value of $27.70 per hour of volunteer time. Volunteer totals include ONEOK employees, retirees, friends and family.

To help employees increase the positive impact they make in their communities, and to further encourage giving back, we offer volunteer service grants and matching grant programs, both detailed in the table below. ONEOK also recognizes employees for their volunteerism by selecting annual 'Volunteers of the Year' nominees and winners.

ONEOK Program 2020 Grants Awarded 2020 Financial Contributions

Volunteer Service Grant Program
Employees and retirees may earn grants for their charity of choice by volunteering for qualifying activities and recording their hours. Volunteer hours can be redeemed for a total grant of up to $500 per calendar year.

  • 20 hours = $250 grant
  • 40 hours = $500 grant

259 volunteer service grants

$64,750 to charitable organizations

Matching Grant Program
ONEOK provides a dollar-for-dollar match of employee, retiree and board of director contributions to eligible organizations.

Employee/Director: Up to $5,000 per person, per calendar year.

Retiree: Up to $2,500 per person, per calendar year.

364 matching grants

$239,355 to charitable organizations

Regional Community Investments Committees

Community investments committees act as advocates and liaisons for their local communities, helping to identify needs and distribute volunteer and financial resources. Committees consist of employees in a variety of roles across the company including operations, talent acquisition, government relations, corporate communications, diversity and inclusion and sustainability. Committees are managed by ONEOK's corporate community investments team and consider requests monthly.

Community Investments Committees
Committee Operating Area
Central Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin and Nebraska
Northern Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming
Oklahoma Oklahoma, outside of Tulsa area
Southern Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas and Tennessee