APS Invested More Than $10 Million in Arizona Nonprofits in 2015

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–For more than 125 years, APS has understood that – as one of the only
large corporations headquartered in the state – the company has a
responsibility to not only provide reliable energy service to its 1.2
million customers, but to strengthen and empower the communities it
serves. This belief is embedded in the culture of the company, and
starts at the top.

APS announced today that its 2015 community investment in Arizona
totaled more than $10 million. This amount includes grants,
sponsorships, and in-kind donations from APS and the APS
to nonprofit organizations and educators throughout the
state. In addition, APS employees donated more than 123,000 hours in
volunteer time to Arizona nonprofits, an economic impact of $2.8 million.

“Our long history in the state has shown us that the success of APS is
closely tied to the prosperity and health of the communities we serve,”
said Don
, Chairman, President and CEO of APS. “We are committed to
empowering nonprofits to do what they do best, and supporting education
programs that will benefit our state’s future leaders for years to come.
This commitment is ingrained in our culture, and radiates through all of
our 6,400 employees.”

Among the nonprofits who received grants and contributions from APS and
the APS Foundation in 2015:

  • The Arizona Science Center received a grant for $415,500 to
    support education programs throughout the state. The Science Center’s
    Rural Communities Education Program targets educators from rural
    school districts, bringing professional development opportunities to
    STEM teachers across the state. Additional support also was designated
    for new exhibits.
  • The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation received a
    grant for $250,000 for the Ed and Verma Pastor Legacy Scholarship
    Program. This scholarship will benefit Latino students majoring in a
    STEM or a public policy field at any public university or college in
  • MIND Research Institute received a $200,000 grant to expand its
    ST Math program and to partner with ASU to implement a professional
    development exploratory study with English-language learner students.
    These programs will expand innovative teaching to low-income students
    throughout Arizona and will train teachers to use a visual approach
    that deepens students’ problem-solving and reasoning skills, helping
    them advance their mathematical knowledge.
  • UMOM New Day Centers received a grant for $150,000 to meet the
    needs of homeless women and families in Maricopa County. The funds
    will enable UMOM to provide comprehensive services, including housing,
    healthcare, vocational training and job placement, substance abuse
    counseling and housing service for residents while they focus on their
    case plan to end their homelessness.
  • The Phoenix Symphony Association received $225,000 from APS to
    deliver relevant and entertaining content to a broad range of
    constituencies and provide civic value through programs that benefit
    the needs of the community and foster a culture of creativity and
  • The Navajo United Way received a grant for $100,000 for its
    Operation Yellow Water Challenge Match. The Navajo United Way is
    working to ensure that farmers and communities impacted by the closure
    of the San Juan River, due to toxic waste contamination in August
    2015, receive the support they need to irrigate fields and continue
    their livelihood.
  • The Phoenix Art Museum received an $85,000 grant to support
    exhibitions, education and The James K. Ballinger American Art and
    Education Fund.

In addition, in 2015 the APS Foundation supported programs that enhance
academic achievement in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math (STEM):

  • Arizona Science Teachers Association received a grant for
    $86,000 for its Teacher Leadership Program.
  • ASU Foundation for a New American University received a grant
    for $80,000 for its STEMSS (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and
    Social Studies) Summer Institute for K-12 teachers.
  • Lowell Observatory received a $56,500 grant for its Navajo-Hopi
    Astronomy Outreach Program.
  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul received a $50,000 grant for
    its Dream Center Digital Library, which will introduce young students
    to the practical uses of technology through instruction in STEM
  • The Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation
    received a $50,000 grant to bring STEM education for
    students and teachers to 50 schools in low-income, rural areas.
  • Teach for America Inc. received a grant of $50,000 for its
    Math/Science initiative, which recruits highly qualified individuals
    to teach math and science in low-income schools and provides
    preparation and support to enhance teacher effectiveness.

About APS Foundation

Privately endowed by Pinnacle West Capital Corp. in 1981 as an
independent 501(c)(3) organization, the APS Foundation distributes an
average of $1.5 to $2.5 million per year through a bi-annual grant
process. Since its inception, the Foundation has invested nearly $35
million in Arizona nonprofits. For more information, please visit aps.com/corporategiving
and click on the Foundation link.

About APS

Arizona’s largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves nearly
1.2 million customers in 11 of the state’s 15 counties. With
headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle
West Capital Corp.


Media Contact:
Alan Bunnell, 602-250-3376
Website: aps.com/newsroom